7 Things TikTok Taught Us About Disney’s ‘Encanto’

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The internet can’t stop talking about Disney’s latest film, Encanto, and it shows just by how many TikTok users have bombarded the app with their favorite moments that are rarely talked about from the animated movie highlighting Latine culture.

As of publishing, the hashtag “Encanto” has over 8.6 billion views, and the fan-favorite song, “We Don’t Talk about Bruno,” has been used in close to 200,000 videos. The song also became the most streamed song on Spotify, sitting atop the Top 50 songs – USA chart on the app and holding the number five spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The movie’s soundtrack pushed Adele’s 30 off the #1 spot and made it the first song from a Disney animated movie to peak this high since 2014 with Frozen’s “Let It Go.”

To keep the love going for this movie, here are some of our favorite details that may have flown under the radar in Disney’s Encanto that TikTok users have pointed out:


Bruno hiding in the posters before his reveal.

Bruno’s absence among the family in the promotional posters for the movie isn’t immediately known. The posters aren’t usually given a second thought but one TikToker gave Encanto fans reason to do a double-take and showed that Bruno can be seen lurking in the background as the family poses in the foreground.


Isabella being the only character to get a secret line in ‘We Don’t Talk about Bruno.’

This song is undoubtedly the best in the movie and an immediate crowd favorite with its blend of storytelling and layered genres. It offers a chance for some of the characters to explain their perception of Bruno based on experiences they’ve had with him in the past. At one point, all of the singers pile their voices on one another as they repeat lines from their verse. Film enthusiast @Straw_Hat_Goofy pointed out that Isabella is the only character to get a new line, expressing her reservation in getting married to Mariano. In the song she sings, “And I’m fine, and I’m fine, and I’m fine, I’m fine.”


‘En Barranquilla Me Quedo’ sneaking its way into the movie.

Another TikTok user, @senoredison, rounded up all of the Colombian cultural moments that made it into the final cut of the movie. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, there is a moment when Agustín Madrigal plays a couple of notes on a piano that sounds familiar to people in the Latine community. The iconic salsa song “En Barranquilla Me Quedo” by Joe Arroyo was immediately recognizable.


Viewers getting a taste of traditional Colombian foods.

In the same video, @SenorEdison noted all of the delicious traditional foods that make an appearance throughout the film. Arepas, buñuelos, empanadas, and jugo de lulo were just some of the dishes that the TikTok creator described seeing in the movie. One of the most touching moments came from the protagonist — Mirabel — and her mother in the kitchen making arepas. Our only criticism of the film is that the movie didn’t put more emphasis on naming the foods.


Tia Pepa doesn’t only make it rain when she’s sad.

The entire plot of Encanto rests on the characters having special powers thanks to a magical candle whose light never goes out. In learning more about the family, we see everyone’s abilities, including Tia Pepa, who can control the weather with her emotions. @Straw_Hat_Goofy noticed that although she creates rain when she’s upset or angry, those aren’t the only times when she does so. He hypothesized that Bruno’s prediction of rain on her wedding day were going to be happy tears (i.e. a sun shower) and that Abuela is the person who doesn’t like when it rains, therefore it’s become tied to negative emotions.


The reason why Mirabel doesn’t get a door like her family.

In Encanto, each Madrigal family member gets their own door to a room in the house tied to their special abilities. At the top of the movie, we learn that Mirabel doesn’t have powers nor a special door. Creator @Travelingsorry believes she has a theory as to why this might’ve happened. During the flashback scene, viewers see a young Mirabel touch the candle and right before she touches the doorknob to her room, she wipes her hands on her dress. Some commenters argued that this missed the point that Mirabel “was the house” and “is the glue of the family and the casita!”


Isabella was the favorite from the start.

“Even in this brief scene do we see such rich storytelling,” TikToker @Sarabeedraws says in her video about a hidden detail from the movie. A freeze-frame from the movie shows photos of the family Madrigal receiving their doors and Abuela’s stance is consistent in all of them: stoic, standing straight up with two hands on the candle and without a smile — except for one picture: Isabella’s. The audience can see how Abuela’s whole demeanor changes as she has one hand on Isabella’s back and her leaning forward with a smile. From this moment on, it was clear that she set sky-high expectations for Isabella.