Along with the success of Disney’s Encanto, a franchise is likely to be on the way. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Germaine Franco wrote the original lyrics and music for the brand-new animation Disney movie, which has swiftly drawn social media attention for its well-liked original songs, such as “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “Surface Pressure.” Despite a half-hearted welcome owing to the epidemic, Encanto became an explosive smash right after it was aired on the Disney+ streaming channel on Christmas Eve, earning $100 million nationally.
The newest animated Disney film recounts the story of the Madrigals, who live in a mystical house in the concealed mountains of Columbia, addressing deeper themes of trauma resulting from the generation gap and introducing Colombian culture to the large screen. The animated feature film has also been nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Animated Feature, and Best Song for “Dos Oruguitas.” Furthermore, every song from the Encanto soundtrack is presently featured on the Billboard Hot 100, usurping the throne of Frozen’s “Let It Go” as the highest-ranking Disney hit in nearly 30 years.
In the word of Disney CEO Bob Chapek, Encanto is described as “the launch of a new franchise,” in Business Wire. Chapek credited The Walt Disney Company’s successful start to the fiscal year to the animated film’s widespread popularity and a significant rise in subscribers on the streaming platform. Chapek seems to imply a potential sequel for the Disney movie by defining Encanto as a new franchise. Read the whole of his statement below:
“We’ve had a very strong start to the fiscal year, with a significant rise in earnings per share, record revenue and operating income at our domestic parks and resorts, the launch of a new franchise with Encanto, and a significant increase in total subscriptions across our streaming portfolio to 196.4 million, including 11.8 million Disney+ subscribers added in the first quarter…”
It’s no surprise that Disney is keen to expand on the feature movie, especially after its crowning achievement in the ranking. Miranda has expressed interest in perhaps bringing Encanto to Broadway, revealing that he already had ideas for how the film’s ending number would play out on stage. Although Encanto had a theatrical release before being added to Disney+, the film’s success may motivate the studio to add more feature films to its streaming service. This is already becoming the standard, as the upcoming animated film, Turning Red was just confirmed to launch on Disney+ rather than its original intention for a theatrical release. The choice got entangled in several controversies, as Turning Red is the third Pixar movie to be released on streaming services.
Encanto has become Disney+ platform phenomenon during its debut weekend on the streaming service, making up over 407 million minutes in the United States. While no further Encanto projects have been announced as of yet, Chapek has stated that the film is the beginning of a new epic, so some may be underway in the near future. Given that the movie outperformed the existing Frozen franchise in terms of hit soundtrack, it is reasonable to believe that Disney will keep spending in extending on the magnificent on-screen storyline of the Madrigals.