When It Comes To ‘Want’ Songs, What Disney Wants Is What Lin-Manuel Miranda Gives

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 03: Co-writer and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the world premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on November 03, 2021. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Having grown up on Disney’s animated musical films, Lin-Manuel Miranda knows exactly how they work. So, when Disney entrusted him with the songwriting duties on two of its films — first Moana, now Encanto — he knew what needed to be done. A big part of his job, of course, would be figuring out how the songs themselves could advance the story, so he took his cue from Disney movies of the past, especially when it came to what Miranda refers to the “I want” song in the films. So, what is a Disney “I want” song? Miranda explained the idea to us and talked about how he’s kept the tradition going in his films. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lin-Manuel Miranda)


Encanto is now playing in theaters.

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