Encanto Co-Director Jared Bush Finally Gives The Answer To The Bruno ‘Plot Hole’

On December 28th, 2022 (how is that last year already?), Jared Bush hosted a Twitter Q&A for “Encanto.” Would this have been the perfect moment for Bush and Twitter to discuss why his family film ends with the message that Mirabel’s burden, which is to heal her abusers’ trauma so that they will finally be nice to her, is actually her gift? Sure, that might’ve been nice, but instead, one Twitter user asked, “How did Bruno know about telenovelas?” To which, Bush replied, “He can see the future!” And, uh, that’s it. That’s the “plot hole.” 

It’s interesting to see this question be considered important enough for an answer, not in the least because Bruno is clearly described as having the ability to see the future — the poor guy lived in a wall with rats, what else was he supposed to do with his power and his time? — but also because he isn’t even the first Disney character to act out this exact bit. No, that time-honored Disney tradition harkens back to at least the 1990s with “Aladdin,” where the Genie (Robin Williams) seemed to use his omniscient magical abilities to kill time in his lamp-shaped prison by watching movies and TV shows from the future and the past. Sound familiar? 

The Fates (Carole Shelley, Amanda Plummer, and Paddi Edwards) do it in Disney’s “Hercules,” the gargoyles (Charles Kimbrough, Jason Alexander, and Mary Wickes) sort of do it in Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” even Mushu (Eddie Murphy) kind of does it, albeit through physical bits with Cri-Kee. Bruno just happens to be one of the most recent characters to lend his situation to the running bit. At least this tradition doesn’t get him blackballed from family gatherings. 

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