How Disney Created the Hit Single “We’re Not Talking About Bruno”
Despite Huge Popularity, ‘Bruno’ Won’t Get Oscar Love: The Studio Only Submitted “Dos Oruguitas”, a moving Spanish ballad performed by Sebastián Yatra, in view of an award. This song, while not as ubiquitous as “Bruno”, made the Academy’s Top Original Songs list last month. If he continued to take the statuette, he would go down in history as Disney’s first non-English speaking winner.
“‘Dos Oruguitas’ was so central to the emotional theme of the film,” Howard said when asked if they had considered submitting “Bruno.” He added, “This is probably the most critical part of the musical storytelling in the whole film, as it has to do with the family history and Mirabel including her grandmother.”
In fact, betting on “Bruno” would have been a bold strategic move. We would have to go back to “Under the seafrom “The Little Mermaid” (1989) to find a Disney Oscar winner with a similar theatrical quirk. Since then, when the studio has won over the academy, it’s been mostly for ballads, including “A Whole New World” (“Aladdin”), “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (“The Lion King”) , “Colors of the Wind” (“Pocahontas”), “Let It Go” (“Frozen”) and “Remember Me” (“Coco” by Pixar), plus the occasional ditty by Randy Newman.
Also, multiple submissions could have risked splitting the votes, and Miranda only needs an Oscar to get the rare career EGOT It would not be her first nomination: Her title “Moana”, “How far will I go, lost to “City of Stars” from “La La Land”. (In addition to his work on “Encanto,” he also directed “Tick, Tick…Boom!” and could potentially land a nomination for that movie.)
Beyond awards season, the “Encanto” makers said they’re open to the possibility of a sequel, stage show, or spin-off series. “I wish there were continued stories from these characters because they are real people to us,” Bush said. “Ninety minutes is not enough time to spend with the Madrigals.”
And despite some fan theories that “We’re not talking about Bruno” — and the repeated scoldings”Quiet, Bruno! in the Pixar movie “Luca” – show that Disney has an anti-Bruno agenda, the filmmakers insist that it doesn’t.