“Encanto” SETS two more records for Disney Animated Films

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Since its theatrical debut before Thanksgiving 2021 and its Disney+ debut on Christmas Eve, Disney’s Encanto continues to wow fans, receive accolades, and break records. Just last week, the film set two new records never before achieved by any song written for a film produced by Disney Animation, but the records have nothing to do with animation.

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As with any Disney animated feature film, the music of Encanto plays a vital role in telling the story of the film, and in conveying the history behind the story, as well as the feelings of the characters. Much of Encanto‘s music has a Colombian flair, which works well in immersing the audience in the rich culture of Colombia and in telling the story of the amazing family Madrigal who lives deep in the Colombian mountains in an enchanted place–an encanto–in a magical house, called casita.

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The top two songs from the soundtrack to Disney’s Encanto are “Surface Pressure” and “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” The first is sung by actress Jessica Darrow, who voices the character Luisa, Mirabel Madrigal‘s older sister, and the second has parts sung by all the members of the Madrigal family.

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Both songs, written by Lin Manuel Miranda, have been cozy on the charts for weeks now. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” found its way to the Billboard Hot 100‘s top 10 weeks ago, and almost two weeks ago, it found its way to a record-breaking No. 4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, beating “Let It Go” from Disney’s 2013 film, Frozen. At No. 4, the Bruno ballad was tied for the highest spot on the chart for a Disney feature film song, tying with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Sir Elton John from Disney’s The Lion King in 1994 and “Colors of the Wind” sung by Vanessa Williams in Disney’s 1995 Pocahontas.

Last week, however, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” blew them all out of the water as it soared to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, second only to Adele’s “Easy On Me.” That in itself is a new record for a song from a Disney film. Never before has a song from a Disney animated movie made it to the No. 2 spot. Congrats, Bruno!

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Also last week, Jessica Darrow‘s song “Surface Pressure” finally made it to a spot among the coveted top 10 from the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That alone is not a record, but never before has a Disney film had multiple songs from its soundtrack among the top 10 from Billboard’s charts.

For all the songs’ accolades, interestingly enough, neither of was submitted by Disney for a Grammy. Only “Dos Oruguitas,” from Lin Manuel Miranda‘s song score, was submitted, and that song simply hasn’t been as popular as the song about Bruno or Luisa’s battle cry.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!