‘Encanto’: Germaine Franco on Being the First Female Composer of a Disney Animated Feature

”I’m very proud because I feel that I’ve opened the door for other women, other people from different cultures.“

ARRAY Crew member Germaine Franco tells TheWrap

“Encanto,” Disney’s latest animated musical, is having a moment.

What’s so odd about this is that the movie was released back at Thanksgiving, but only now is reaching the kind of cultural critical mass that is usually associated with Disney’s most zeitgeist-capturing efforts. With the movie landing on Disney+ on Christmas Eve, its popularity exploded, particularly when it came to the songs by “Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda, which are now topping streaming charts along with the full album, featuring the lush original score by Germaine Franco.

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