Encanto’s directors talk the movie’s big ending mystery

Mirabel Madrigal (Stephanie Beatriz), the center character of Disney’s latest animated function Encanto, is the only individual in her household who wasn’t approved with a wonderful power by their captivated home. While her mom can recover individuals with food, and her cousin can speak to animals, Mirabel has definitely no unique capabilities, and she has a hard time to suit with her fantastical household.

Throughout her entire life, Mirabel has actually questioned why she never ever got a present from your house. And when your house starts to collapse, threatening the household’s magic, Mirabel should find out how to conserve her family members’ powers with no capabilities herself. However there’s a considerable surprise waiting on audiences in regards to how her mission fixes, and director Jared Bush has a great factor for it.

“Story-wise, that’s what I needed,” he states.

[Ed. note: This post contains major spoilers for Encanto.]

mirabel and bruno looking at each other in the walls of the house

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By the end of the film, Mirabel and the rest of the Madrigals are lastly able to comprehend each other. They discover to see each other as individuals, beyond their unique presents and recommended household functions. However while the Madrigals have the ability to welcome their flaws, Mirabel never ever does get any powers. In fact, the film never ever exposes precisely why she didn’t get powers in the very first location. Bush says that isn’t what the story is meant to be about.

“I think there are so many reasons that people can relate to Mirabel about feeling left out and lesser-than,” he tells Polygon. “Rather than put some magical reason why, I think it’s clear in the film that she is who she needs to be for a very good reason.”

Bush explains that from the moment the movie was conceptualized, the filmmakers knew Mirabel would be the main character. In a family full of magic users, she immediately became the perfect vehicle for the story, and more importantly, a sympathetic character for the audience.

“This one young woman just was not given the same opportunity as the rest of these extraordinary people,” explains Bush. “The empathy was just there for her from the beginning [..] I love that the reason [she lacks powers] isn’t exactly stated.”

The mystery of Mirabel’s powers remains, well, a mystery. But that’s what makes the movie particularly evocative. As Bush and co-director Byron Howard explained at an earlier press day, Encanto is a work of magical realism, which means the magical elements are meant to integrate smoothly into a recognizable reality. They aimed for Encanto to function just as well as a story if the magic didn’t exist.

When Mirabel saves her family and the magic, she isn’t discovering long-lost enchantments or abilities. She’s healing their fractured bonds and helping them see each other clearly for the very first time. This isn’t a film about the mechanics of magic. It’s about the feelings and actions that the magic has the ability to assist in.

Encanto is out in theaters now.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.