In Encanto, Mirabel is the only child in the Family Madrigal that doesn’t get a gift, and a small detail shows it may have been her fault.
Mirabel Madrigal doesn’t get a gift in Encanto, and a small detail may finally explain why. In Disney’s Encanto, Mirabel Madrigal (Stephanie Beatriz) is the only child in the Family Madrigal that doesn’t get a magical gift. For instance, her sister Luisa (Jessica Darrow) has superhuman strength and can lift donkeys with one arm. Additionally, Camilo (Rhenzy Feliz), one of her cousins, has the power to shapeshift into other people, including their mysterious Uncle Bruno (John Leguizamo). However, when the magical house they live in starts to fall apart, Mirabel takes it upon herself to discover why.
Encanto, the 60th feature in the Disney Animated Canon, brings together a star-studded cast. In addition to Beatriz voicing Maribel and Leguizamo taking on Uncle Bruno, Doom Patrol’s Diane Guerrero voices Mirabel’s sister Isabel, and That ’70s Show’s Wilmer Valderrama takes on the role of Agustín, Mirabel’s father. Additionally, Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda is behind the soundtrack. The Tony-winner created several hits for the film, including “Surface Pressure” and “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” which already reached the fifth spot on the Billboard charts.
It’s strange that Mirabel is the only child without a gift in the Family Madrigal, and it seems she may have done it to herself. In the film, the Madrigals have a ceremony when it’s time for someone to receive their gift. Encanto shows the children going to Abuela Alma (María Cecilia Botero), touching a magical candle, and then reaching for the door that will reveal their gift. However, a fan theory (via Reddit) points out that Mirabel wipes her hands on her clothes after touching the candle. This may finally explain why Mirabel doesn’t get powers.
Though it’s a small detail, Mirabel’s hand-wiping moment is notable. After all, the film also shows Mirabel’s cousin Antonio (Ravi Cabot-Conyers) receiving his gift, which is talking to animals. However, he doesn’t wipe his hands after touching the candle. Anything that sets Mirabel apart from her family could be a clue why she doesn’t get a gift, so hand-wiping is a possibility. Without knowing it, Mirabel simply brushed her magical gift away. Interestingly, Encanto shows Mirabel’s gift ceremony alongside Antonio’s, and the hand-wiping moment is one of the most significant differences between them.
Of course, there are other possibilities at play in Encanto. For instance, the Family Madrigal doesn’t truly understand their gifts and the miracle that gave them magical abilities. All Abuela Alma knows is that the magic came after her husband Pedro’s death, and it becomes part of a candle that would never go out. It’s not an exact science. So Mirable could’ve been destined never to receive a gift in the first place. After all, Mirabel Madrigal’s true gift is walking in Abuela Alma’s footsteps, guiding the family and helping when they’re in need. Abuela Alma even says she asked Pedro for help, and he sent Mirabel to her. In the end, Mirabel possibly gave up her gift by wiping her hands, but following Abuela Alma was her destiny, whether she had waxy fingers or not.
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