Encanto becomes latest Disney film to be remade in te reo Māori, auditions open

Encanto is the latest animated film to be remade in te reo Māori and producers have revealed online auditions are now open for the film.

The movie will be directed and produced by Tweedie Waititi, who was also behind the reo Māori versions of Disney's The Lion King, Frozen, Moana and most recently Coco, which is to be released in cinemas for Matariki 2023.

Encanto won Best Animated Feature at the 2022 Academy Awards. It tells the story of the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a magical house called an Encanto. 

The producers say the movie's themes of whānau and intergenerational relationships will resonate with the te ao māori.

They've also revealed Encanto Reo Māori will not be tied to a specific mita (dialect) and translations for the film will be helmed by mātanga reo Māori, Pānia Papa and Leon Blake.

"Coming straight off the back of Coco Reo Māori, we are confident that we'll deliver another high-standard film. We're looking forward to kicking into Encanto with all the magic and challenges that lay ahead,” says director and producer of Encanto Reo Māori Tweedie Waititi.

Details of the auditions can be found on the Matewa Media website.