Encanto director Jared Bush surprises the girl who inspired Mirabel’s eyewear with an invite to the BAFTAs with the Disney film’s cast and crew.
Encanto director Jared Bush invites the girl who inspired Mirabel’s glasses to the BAFTAs. Encanto is Disney’s 2021 animated hit that’s become something of a global phenomenon since its release last November. The film follows Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz) as she struggles with frustration at being the only member of her family who hasn’t received a magical gift. Encanto contains songs written by hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and was nominated for three Oscars, including a nod to Best Animated Feature.
Disney, which in the past has mostly portrayed white heroes in its movies (with a few exceptions), has made an effort in recent years to portray more cultures. After all, every child deserves to see themselves positively represented on the big screen. Encanto is Disney’s first film to focus on Colombia and brings the South American nation’s beautiful colors and music to their family canon – but some may not know that wasn’t the film’s only effort. for a diverse representation.
In 2019, a 12-year-old girl named Lowri wrote to Disney asking for more main characters who, like her, need glasses. Bush saw the letter for Encanto was already in production, and he had to wait three years to tell Lowri his dream was coming true, but he recently appeared on BBC breakfast, where he could talk to her. In a very sweet surprise, the director invites Lowri to join him and his fellow filmmakers at the upcoming BAFTAs. Bush says he’s incredibly excited to meet Lowri in person, so he can finally tell her “all Disney secrets” that he could not Encanto was still in production. See his full quote below:
Turns out I might be in the UK and was wondering if you might be interested in joining me and the other filmmakers at the Bafta awards ceremony? It’s going to be a very, very good time. I’m so excited to meet you in person, I can tell you all the Disney secrets I couldn’t tell you, but now I can whisper them all to you and no one can stop me.
Lowri was understandably surprised by the invitation and initially struggled to speak. However, she eventually nodded, prompting presenter Jon Kay to state: “I think that’s a yes.” Bush’s offer is obviously emotional, as the girl said that when she wrote her letter, she never expected anyone to read it. Now, three years later, she’s a partial inspiration for a Disney character and will be competing at the BAFTAs with the production team. As Lowri’s mother said, it’s “the stuff of which dreams are made.”
Lowri is certainly an inspiring young person, who didn’t see herself represented in film and decided to take action to change that. Encantothe director of has himself admitted that he “I can’t imagine being that age and that courage.” Perhaps her letter will inspire others to write to Disney and seek their own representation — especially amid growing controversy surrounding the studio’s stance on LGBTQ+ representation.
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