Disney’s Encanto introduces an entire family blessed with magical powers, but their supernatural abilities are not the only interesting aspect of their lives. Upon its release, Encanto has raised questions about the characters’ personal details, especially their ages. Fortunately, the musical’s director Jared Bush has answered the audience’s questions through several Twitter threads. He then clarifies confusions about the birth order in the Madrigal family, noting the nuances in their ages and behavior.
Bush and co-director Byron Howard had always wanted to work on a musical project together. Because both grew up with large extended families, they also decided to use their common experience to create Encanto and feature a dozen main characters. This concept proved challenging for the film’s animation team, as they needed to develop people distinct from each other despite being in the same family. That is why, aside from having different special gifts, the Encanto characters also possess unique traits brought about by their ages and stages in life.
Because Encanto deliberately did not mention the Madrigals’ ages, viewers were quick to point out that some of them acted either younger or older than they were supposed to be. The discussions had reached Twitter, where Bush elaborated on the Disney characters’ background. He further explained the ages of the Encanto characters, including the implications on their personalities and relationships. That said, here is how old every Madrigal is.
The patriarch of the magical Madrigal family, Abuelo Pedro, who might secretly be the Casita, met Abuela Alma at a Day of the Little Candles holiday celebration. The two immediately hit it off, got married, and had triplets. Unfortunately, conquerors disrupted the village they live in, forcing the residents to flee and Pedro to sacrifice himself to save his family. According to Bush, when Abuelo Pedro crossed the river, he was the exact age as Sebastían Yatra was when he recorded “Dos Oruguitas.” The Colombian singer performed the nostalgic song that played as the romance of Abuela Alma and Abuelo Pedro was narrated through flashbacks. Yatra, who was born in 1994, was only 26 when he collaborated with Encanto creators, making Abuelo Pedro 26 when he died.
Although she has no powers of her own, Abuela Alma is the reason the Madrigals were blessed with the miracle. Her candle gained magical abilities fifty years before Encanto’s story began. While the Disney movie’s timeline was purposely kept vague, over the past five decades, Alma had overseen the community relying on her family, keeping the magic alive and the gifts of her children and grandchildren existing. So, assuming Abuela was almost the same age as her late husband, she would then be 75 or 76 years old during the events of the film.
The mother of Isabella, Luisa, and Mirabel, Julieta is blessed with the ability to heal people with the food she cooks. In Encanto, she heals Mirabel’s hand and her husband Agustin’s bee stings. Since it has been fifty years since the miracle happened, Abuela Alma’s triplets are more or less 50 years old. Also, in a tweet, Bush confirms that Julieta is the oldest among the siblings, as shown by her urge to help everyone in the community.
Although Agustín’s age is not explicitly stated in the Colombian-influenced movie Encanto, it is revealed by the film’s creators that he is a little younger than Julieta and her siblings. This is further supported by his clumsy and accident-prone nature, which is how he and Julieta eventually became a couple. Because he only married into the family, Agustín is not gifted with any magical abilities. However, that just made him all the more relatable to Mirabel and the audience.
As the eldest Madrigal grandchild, Isabela has always felt the pressure to be the perfect, beautiful child. Her power to grow flowers and plants takes a turn towards the end of Encanto when she finally learns to accept her true, imperfect self. During the movie’s events, she is 21 years old.
With her super-strength, Luisa, introduced by the song “Surface Pressure,” is the village’s resident runner, lifting bridges, adjusting houses, and doing chores without breaking a sweat. As a quintessential middle child, the sister keeps a physically and emotionally resilient facade in order to please her family. Sadly, she also harbors anxieties about not meeting the expectations of her village. Luisa is 19 years old in Encanto.
The youngest daughter of Julieta and Agustín, Mirabel is the only Madrigal without magical power. Despite standing out from the rest of the family, she is the key to restoring the magic and rebuilding the Casita when the miracle is threatened. Bush states in a Twitter thread that Mirabel is 15 years old in Encanto, just a bit younger than her cousin, Camilo.
In the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, Pepa is the middle child of the Madrigal triplets, considered the most emotional among the siblings. Interestingly, her power to control and manipulate the weather is highly dependent on her emotions, so she often gets an earful from Abuela whenever she has clouds on her head. Married to Félix, Pepa is also 50 years old.
Like Agustín, Félix also does not possess supernatural gifts since he married into the Madrigal family. Bush notes that he is a little older than the triplets, although it is not exactly clear by how much. Still, his more relaxed attitude brought by his more advanced age makes him a perfect fit for the emotional and intense Pepa. Although not explicitly stated, Félix is likely in his early-to-mid 50s.
Dolores, the eldest and only daughter of Pepa and Félix, is also 21 years old, just a couple of months younger than Isabella. She has superhuman hearing (so it remains a mystery why Dolores did not hear Bruno still living in the Casita). Nevertheless, she is quieter and more reserved, and her and Isabella’s age gap pushes her to live in the shadow of her perfect cousin. At the end of Encanto, however, Dolores pursues her happiness.
Dolores’ younger brother Camilo is a shape-shifter. His power allows him to entertain his family, and at times, get what he wants by tricking people. A “theater kid” trying on different identities, Camilo is also 15 years old, barely older than Mirabel. As Bush explains, this is why it is a shock for the Madrigals that Mirabel failed to get a gift right after Camilo got his.
The youngest among the Madrigals, Antonio is only 5 years old during the events of Encanto. The focus of the film’s first half, his ceremony is the first since that of Mirabel, whose power twist was revealed at the beginning of the film. So, there is pressure on Antonio to not disappoint his family. Fortunately, he is granted the ability to talk to animals, which proves helpful in unearthing the secrets of his family’s magic.
Like the other triplets, Bruno is 50 years old in Encanto. Cursed with clairvoyance, Bruno is shunned away by his family and even his village because of his negative predictions. In fact, the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” details his situation and warns the younger generation of his past actions. As it turns out, Bruno is just deeply misunderstood, which is a depressing fact considering he is the youngest among the Madrigal triplets in Encanto.
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