Encanto | A Chat With Part Of The Animation Team Renato dos Anjos and Kira Lehtomaki [Exclusive Interview]


We are just about a month away from the release of Encanto. This is the next offering from Disney Animation Studios. This time Disney’s magic will be taking us to the beautiful country of Colombia. Here we will meet the Madrigals, an extraordinary family that lives hidden in the mountains of the country in a magical house. Specifically, we will be focusing on a young girl named Maribel that in a family full of magical abilities, has none.

Through the story of this family in Encanto, Disney will showcase the diversity, culture, people, and music of Colombia. To make sure that they had elements right, the creative team for the film had a variety of consultants that had different backgrounds to make sure everything was authentic as possible. Also, some of them took a trip to Colombia to experience Colombia firsthand. It was through all of this research that they were able to embrace the vibrancy, vitality, and sincerity of the Columbina community. 

ENCANTO – Concept Art by Jin Kim. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

But all of that work would be useless if it’s not displayed properly on-screen by the amazing animation team over at Disney. For that, we can turn to Renato dos Anjos and Kira Lehtomaki. They are part of the animation team for the film. Dos Anjos oversees character animation, working with a team of animators to realize the directors’ vision for each character’s personality. Lehtomaki is the Head of Animation having worked ok such films as Zootopia, Frozen, Tangled and so many more.

ENCANTO – Concept Art by Jin Kim. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.


Ahead of the release of Encanto, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez had the opportunity to talk with both Kira Lehtomaki and Renato dos Anjos about the film. They talk about all things animation with us including some little details that we may not notice in the film. You can check out the interview down below!

Here is the synopsis for Disney’s Encanto:

The film tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. Each child has been blessed with a magic gift unique to them—each child except Mirabel. But when the family’s home is threatened, Mirabel may be their only hope. The voice cast also includes Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel; María Cecilia Botero as Mirabel’s grandmother Alma aka Abuela; John Leguizamo as Mirabel’s estranged Uncle Bruno; Angie Cepeda and Wilmer Valderrama as Mirabel’s parents, Julieta and Agustín;  and Diane Guererro and Jessica Darrow as Mirabel’s sisters, Isabela and Luisa. Also lending their voices are Carolina Gaitán and Mauro Castillo as Mirabel’s aunt and uncle, Pepa and Félix; and Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz and Ravi Cabot-Conyers as Mirabel’s cousins Dolores, Camilo and Antonio, respectively. 

Are you excited about the release of Encanto? Let us know in the comment section below!

Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto will be in theaters on November 24th, 2021.


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Manny Gomez has been with Latino Review Media since 2016. He has worked in many different capacities for the site including writer, reviewer, interviewer, and podcasting.

He is passionate about writing and talking about films, tv, and comics. As well as connecting with those that bring those mediums to life through conventions, and studio events.

In his spare time, Manny enjoys watching movies of all genres on the big screen and traveling up and down the west coast with his family.

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