The Moana Reference You Missed In Encanto

At the beginning of the movie, we introduced Mirabel’s cousin, Camilo Madrigal (Rhenzy Feliz), who was born with the ability to transform. During breakfast one morning, Camilo uses her powers to transform into her other cousin Dolores (Adassa) so he can turn back within seconds. His father, Felix (Mauro Castillo), catches him and tells him to put the food back, so Camilo reverts back to his normal form and says, “worth the shot!”

It’s a brief moment that has nothing to do with the rest of the scene, but director Jared Bush recently revealed about Twitter that this line is related to Maui’s “shot worth” joke in “Moana.” Specifically, Bush stated that the line was a nod to brothers Aaron and Jordan Kandell, who originally wrote the joke in “Moana” while working alongside Bush himself.

In “Moana”, Maui (Dwayne Johnson) says the line after throwing Moana into the water to try to escape her, only to have her magically reappear on their little raft. The reference even extends beyond the line of repetition, as both Maui and Camilo are depicted as mischievous shapeshifters who use their powers for petty reasons. In any case, it’s a neat little callback to another great Disney movie, and one so delicate that we doubt anyone would have found it without the help of Bush. The Moana Reference You Missed In Encanto

Jake Nichol

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