Disney ‘s Enchantment features an entire family blessed with magical powers, but their supernatural abilities aren’t the only interesting aspect of their lives. Upon its release, Encanto has raised questions about the personal data of the characters, especially their ages. Fortunately, the director of the musical, Jared Bush, has answered questions from the audience through several Twitter threads. He then clears up the confusion about birth order in the Madrigal family, pointing out the nuances in their ages and behavior.
Bush and co-director Byron Howard had always wanted to work together on a musical project. Because they both grew up with large extended families, they also decided to use their common experience to create Charm and feature a dozen main characters. This concept proved to be a challenge for the film’s animation team, as they needed to develop people who were different from each other despite belonging to the same family. This is why, in addition to having different special gifts, the Charm characters also possess unique traits brought about by their ages and life stages.
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Because Charming deliberately didn’t mention the ages of the Madrigals, viewers were quick to point out that some of them were acting younger or older than they were supposed to be. The discussions had reached Twitter , where Bush elaborated on the backgrounds of the Disney characters. He further explained the ages of the Charm characters, including the implications on their personalities and relationships. That said, here is the age of each Madrigal.
The patriarch of the magical Madrigal family, Grandpa Pedro, who might secretly be the Casita, met Grandma Alma at a Little Candles Day Christmas celebration. The two hit it off right away, got married and had triplets. Unfortunately, the conquistadors disrupted the town they live in, forcing the residents to flee and Pedro to sacrifice himself to save his family. According to Bush, when grandfather Pedro crossed the river, he was the exact age that Sebastian Yatra was when he recorded “Dos Oruguitas.” The Colombian singer performed the nostalgic song that played while the romance of Abuela Alma and Abuelo Pedro was narrated through flashbacks. Yatra, who was born in 1994, was only 26 years old when he collaborated with Encanto creators, making Grandfather Pedro 26 when he died.
Though she has no powers of her own, Grandmother Alma is the reason the Madrigals were blessed with the miracle. Her candle acquired magical abilities fifty years earlier. Charm began the story. While the timeline of the Disney film was kept deliberately vague, for the past five decades, Alma had overseen the community by trusting her family, keeping the magic alive and the gifts of her children and grandchildren in existence. . So assuming Grandma was about the same age as her late husband, 75 or 76 years old during the events of the movie.
Julieta, mother of Isabella, Luisa and Mirabel, has been blessed with the ability to heal people with the food she cooks. In Encanto, she heals Mirabel’s hand and her husband Agustín’s bee stings. Madrigal Since fifty years have passed since the miracle occurred, Grandma Alma’s triplets are about 50 years old . Also, in a tweet, Bush confirms that Julieta is the oldest of the siblings, as evidenced by her desire to help everyone in the community.
Although Augustin’s age is not explicitly stated in the Colombian-influenced film Encanto , the film’s creators reveal that he is slightly younger than Julieta and her siblings. This is reinforced by his clumsy and accident-prone nature, which is how he and Juliet eventually became a couple. Because he only married into the family, Augustin is not endowed with any magical abilities. However, that only made him closer to Mirabel and the audience.
As Madrigal’s oldest granddaughter, Isabela has always felt the pressure to be the perfect, beautiful child. Her power to grow flowers and plants takes a turn towards the end of Enchantment as she finally learns to accept her true imperfect self. During the events of the film, she is 21 years old .
Madrigal With her super strength, Luisa, introduced by the song “Surface Pressure”, is the town’s resident runner, building bridges, adjusting houses, and doing housework without breaking a sweat. As the quintessential middle child, her sister maintains a facade of physical and emotional resilience to please her family. Unfortunately, she also harbors concerns about not living up to the town’s expectations of her. Luisa is 19 years old in Encanto.
The youngest daughter of Julieta and Austin, Mirabel is the only Madrigal without magical power. Despite standing out from the rest of the family, she is the key to restoring the magic and rebuilding the Casita when the miracle is threatened. Bush claims in a Twitter thread that Mirabel is 15 years in Encanto , only slightly younger than her cousin Camilo.
In the musical Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pepa is the middle daughter of the Madrigal triplets, considered the most emotional among the siblings. Interestingly, her power to control and manipulate the weather depends heavily on her emotions, which is why she often gets a complaint from Grandma whenever she has clouds on her head. Married to Félix, Pepa is also 50 years old .
Like Agustín, Félix also has no supernatural gifts since he married into the Madrigal family. Bush notes that she is a bit older than the triplets, though it’s not exactly clear by how much. Still, his more relaxed attitude brought about by his older age makes him a perfect match for the emotional and intense Pepa. Although not explicitly stated, it is likely that Felix was in his early mid-50s.
Madrigal Dolores, the eldest and only daughter of Pepa and Félix, is also 21 years old , only a couple of months younger than Isabella. She has superhuman hearing (so why Dolores didn’t hear that Bruno still lived in the Casita remains a mystery). However, she is more quiet and reserved, and the age difference between her and Isabella pushes her to live in the shadow of her perfect cousin. At the end of Encanto, however, Dolores pursues her happiness.
Dolores’s younger brother, Camilo, changes form. His power allows him to entertain his family and sometimes get what he wants by tricking people. A « theater child «Trying different identities, Camilo is also 15 years old , barely older than Mirabel. As Bush explains, this is why the Madrigals are surprised that Mirabel didn’t get a gift right after Camilo got his.
The youngest of madrigals, Antonio is only 5 years old during the Encanto events. The focus of the first half of the film, his ceremony is the first since Mirabel’s, whose power shift was revealed at the beginning of the film. So there is pressure on Antonio not to let his family down. Fortunately, he is granted the ability to speak with animals, which proves useful in unearthing the secrets of the family’s magic from him.
Like the other triplets, Bruno is 50 years old in Charming. Cursed by clairvoyance, Bruno is shunned by his family and even his village due to his negative predictions. In fact, the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” details his situation and warns the younger generation of his past actions. It turns out that Bruno is deeply misunderstood, which is a depressing fact considering that he is the youngest among the Madrigal en Encanto triplets.