The Antonio Detail That Confuses Encanto Fans


A major turning point in “Encanto” comes when protagonist Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz) tries to tell her older sister Luisa (Jessica Darrow) about her visions of cracks forming in Casita, the family home. As we later learn, it is an omen that the family’s magic may be fading and that each member is about to lose their respective powers.

When Mirabel confronts her, Luisa is in the process of rounding up the village’s many donkeys and returning them to their owner. At first glance it makes sense; Luisa’s magical power is her incredible strength. But as Redditor u/iamablacksheep pointed out in the Encanto subreddit, there might have been a better candidate for the job. Younger cousin Antonio (Ravi Cabot-Conyers) was given the ability to communicate with animals just the night before. If he had just gone out and asked the donkeys to return home, he could have saved his cousin a lot of work.

Other Redditors have chimed in with theories and explanations, from Antonio’s youth (he’s just five years old) to donkeys who are notoriously stubborn. But perhaps the real reason why Luisa has to do this particular task at this particular moment, which, as she soon confesses to Mirabel in the song “Surface Pressure,” is that Luisa feels a great, strong need to take on every burden of the family and village . As we learn, she is not the only madrigal who feels trapped in her role. If Abuela Alma had encouraged little Antonio to go out and help his cousin, maybe Luisa wouldn’t feel so trapped. But then we wouldn’t have the plot of “Encanto” either.

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