Adorable 2-Year-Old Is Beyond Excited To See Himself Represented in Disney’s ‘Encanto’

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Adorable 2-Year-Old Is Beyond Excited To See Himself Represented in Disney’s ‘Encanto’

 

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Media representation is important. When there are stories that highlight people of different races and ethnicities, it gives all audiences the chance to feel seen. The Disney animated film Encanto—which tells the story of the extraordinary Madridgal family in Colombia—has given a new way, particularly for kids, to experience the power of representation. If you need any proof of why it matters so much, just look to the broad smile of a 2-year-old named Kenzo. When he saw Encanto’s Antonio character come on the screen, he realized that the boy looked just like him and was overjoyed.

Kenzo’s mom Kaheisha Brand snapped a couple of photos of him next to Antonio. They both share the same curly locks and brown skin. Once Kenzo saw Antonio, he couldn’t look away. “He immediately gravitated towards the image of Antonio,” Brand said. “It just made my heart smile because I do believe that he thought he was seeing himself because of the resemblance between him and Antonio.”

“To be able to see the people of Colombia and the different skin complexions they have and to be able to see yourself in other areas of the world that you didn’t necessarily know about, I thought that was extremely powerful,” Brand continued. “And I thought Encanto was the first movie film on any aspect that touched upon Afro Latina and Latinos and Colombia.”

Brand posted the photos of Kenzo transfixed on Antonio on the little boy’s Instagram account, @katchingupwithkenzo. The post went viral, which she views as a sign that it resonated with others. “I think that for me, and for us, it made us feel like there’re so many people that echoed the same sentiments that we felt in that moment that our child was being seen.”

When 2-year-old Kenzo saw Antonio in the Disney animated film Encanto, he was excited to see himself represented on screen.

His mom, Kaheisha Brand shared the photos online where they went viral. His joy resonated with other people who feel underrepresented in television and film.

This is dope pic.twitter.com/jUr8xieDe4

— Balsamic Vinneguh (@Whats__GoodSon) January 1, 2022

Why representation mattes !!!!
Made my heart smile ♥️ #encanto pic.twitter.com/M5dfX2oaq5

— LYRIK CRUZ (@lyrikcruz) January 3, 2022

This is so important . He probably feels really special because it’s so rare to see characters that actually look like us https://t.co/il1GTUxo8l

— the la$hBOSS. (@theboss_ari) January 1, 2022

This is so important . He probably feels really special because it’s so rare to see characters that actually look like us https://t.co/il1GTUxo8l

— the la$hBOSS. (@theboss_ari) January 1, 2022

Other folks posted photos in which they (or someone else) found they share a striking resemblance to another non-white animated character.

pic.twitter.com/d1prHUjWXQ

— Dilcia Guzman 🖤 (@DilciaOfficial) January 1, 2022

pic.twitter.com/qeKmiUtNim

— Chuma (Problematic teen) (@chuma_rooi) January 1, 2022

pic.twitter.com/qxrLUrqyLE

— Chuma (Problematic teen) (@chuma_rooi) January 1, 2022

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— Marcus Scriven (@HandsLikeMoss84) January 1, 2022

h/t: [Upworthy, BuzzFeed]

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