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The Family Madrigal continues to be full of surprises. Posting on Twitter over the weekend, Encanto co-director Jared Bush shared a short post-credits scene that was ultimately axed from the final film. "We considered an after-credit joke to end the movie, but ultimately felt going out on the emotion and joy of the family coming back together was the way to go," he wrote. "But the hilarious @darrinbutters animated it!! So here you go! THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR WATCHING WITH US!!"
"Dignity… Always dignity," joked Butters (you'll see why in a second). His track record with Disney goes all the way back to the year 2000 when he served as an animator on Eric Leighton and Ralph Zondag's Dinosaur. They've also worked on Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, Tangled, Wreck-it-Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, Frozen II, and Raya and the Last Dragon.
The 5-second stinger involves a comedic encounter between the Madrigals' magical home and one of the capybaras summoned there by young Antonio (Ravi Cabot-Conyers), who is gifted the ability to speak with animals. The large rodent walks up to the side of the house and lifts its leg, intending to take care of some bladder business... if you catch our drift. Before it can do so, however, the house lowers one of its gutters, drenching the poor capybara in accumulated rainwater. Karma.
Watch the scene below:
Bush co-wrote Encanto with Charise Castro Smith (The Haunting of Hill House) and also directed the project with fellow Zootopia vet, Byron Howard. Lin-Manuel Miranda (Moana, Vivo) was tapped to pen the original musical numbers. The movie's most viral song — "We Don't Talk About Bruno" — recently topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart, making it the first Disney composition to do so in almost 30 years.
Speaking with DiscussingFilm in November, Bush recalled the creative team's research trip to Colombia, where the movie takes place. When asked if the crew saw any capybaras, he gave an... unexpected answer: "I will say, I’m going to answer your question about the capybara. It’s going to make you sad though. So yes, we did get to see capybara in a way, in that we had a meal where we got to eat one."
By the sounds of it, the one dripping with rainwater in the scene above got off easy.
Encanto is now streaming on Disney+.