Fil-Am animator in Disney shares experience, inspiration behind new film ‘Encanto: A Magical World’

Filipino-American artist Mikee Sevilla is grateful to be chosen as one of the character animators of the new Disney animated film

12/5/2021 4:46:00 PM

Filipino-American artist Mikee Sevilla is grateful to be chosen as one of the character animators of the new Disney animated film 'Encanto: A Magical World.'

Filipino-American artist Mikee Sevilla is grateful to be chosen as one of the character animators of the new Disney animated film

Set in Colombia, it tells the story of an extraordinary family, living in a vibrant and magical place called Encanto.The lead character Mirabel will try to save Encanto after she discovers that the place’s magic is in danger.The film is Sevilla’s second collaboration with Disney, after working in the animated film “Raya: The Last Dragon.”

“It’s been a great transition. In Raya, I guess I have more to contribute because I spent half of my life in the Philippines. I have more ownership of certain creative acting choices whereas compared to Encanto, I need to do more consultations with Colombian consultants to make sure my acting choices are authentic,” Sevilla said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

The animator said Disney fans will be treated with great songs from the film, which features eight original compositions from Tony and Grammy award-winning composer Lin Manuel-Miranda.Sevilla feels at home while doing the film since there are similarities between Colombia and Philippine cultures, especially regarding family ties. headtopics.com

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“I connect with Mirabel so much, and I feel like that was the song (where) she is finally honest with her feelings and her pain that she’s experiencing. She just longs for her family’s love and acceptance, and I feel like a lot of Filipinos can connect with her as well,” he said.

With more Filipinos getting the opportunity to work with Disney, Sevilla hopes a Philippine-based animated film will also be showcased in the future.“I definitely hope so for sure. I definitely want to see more Filipino content and if Disney happens to do a Filipino movie then that would definitely be a dream come true,” Sevilla said.

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