Disney’s “Encanto” originally debuted in theaters on Nov. 24, but ever since the animated flick was released on Disney+ fans have become obsessed with standout track “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.”
The hit was performed live for the first time at the 94th Academy Awards, where pop stars Becky G and Luis Fonsi joined the cast — and Megan Thee Stallion rapped an entire new verse.
All of the songs in “Encanto” were penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has proved time and time again with musicals like “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” and fellow Disney film “Moana” that he definitely knows how to write a catchy song. For “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” Miranda crafted a song with unique verses sung by different characters.
Each character’s verse reflects their individual style and also combines a variety of melodies that somehow work together in the one song.
“Encanto” tells the story of Mirabel, voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, who is the only member of the Madrigal family who did not receive a magical gift. In the movie, she discovers that her family members and the magical house they live in are losing their special abilities. To keep the magic alive, Mirabel needs to learn more about her ostracized uncle Bruno, voiced by John Leguizamo, who disappeared 10 years ago. However, the other family members do not want to discuss the shunned uncle, hence the earworm’s clever title.
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” brings almost the entire main cast together. Aunt Pepa and uncle Félix, voiced by Carolina Gaitán and Mauro Castillo, begin the tune by recalling their stormy wedding day before older cousin Dolores, voiced by musician Adassa, jumps in to explain why Bruno distanced himself from the family. Younger cousin Camilo, voiced by Rhenzy Feliz, then dramatically describes their uncle’s appearance and why people fear him. A few townspeople also join in to point out why they dislike Bruno.
Mirabel’s older sister Isabela, voiced by Diane Guerrero, arrives in a theatrical fashion to hilariously chime in that Bruno predicted a great future for her. Beatriz’s Mirabel takes the final verse before all of the main characters sing their parts in unison and dance around their dining room. The spectacle is one of the many impressive group dance numbers in the movie.
As of this writing, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is the No. 1 song on Spotify’s Top Songs–USA chart and has remained in that spot for weeks. “Surface Pressure,” another equally memorable tune, sits a few places below it.
After weeks of steadily climbing up the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "We Don't Talk About Bruno" finally claimed the top spot. The Feb. 5 chart lists the ensemble track as the No. 1 song, marking Miranda's first time at the top of the Hot 100 chart as a writer.
"We Don't Talk About Bruno" landing at the No. 1 spot means the track has further surpassed "Let It Go," one of the most beloved songs in the Disney canon, on the charts. The "Frozen" song peaked at No. 5 in 2014.
This is only the second time a tune from a Disney animated film has reached No. 1. "A Whole New World," the Oscar- and Grammy-winning song from "Aladdin," topped the chart in 1993.
Fans of the movie and the song have flooded social media with posts about how much they love “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and which character nails their part.
One Twitter user used a popular meme to joke about constantly listening to the track.
Another viewer gave a special shoutout to Camilo’s section. “This part of we dont talk about bruno is so addictive omg,” they tweeted along with an edited video of a person dancing to Camilo’s snippet.
One fan voiced their bold, but understandable, opinion that “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is even better than “Let It Go” from “Frozen."
“So has everyone had ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ stuck in their head for the last month and a half, or is that just me?” one Twitter user asked in possibly the most relatable tweet about “Encanto.” He added, “Like you can guarantee that at any moment my brain is just like ‘ISABELLA YOUR BOYFRIENDS HERE! TIME FOR DINNER! SEVEN FOOT FRAME, RATS ALONG HIS BA—’”
Another viewer jokingly demanded Miranda reveal his secret to composing unforgettable tunes. “LIN MANUEL MIRANDA WHAT DID YOU PUT IN WE DONT TALK ABOUT BRUNO,” they wrote.
Whatever the secret is, there’s no denying that “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” will be stuck in our heads for weeks even if it doesn't win any awards this season.
When the 2022 Oscar nominations were announced, fans were shocked to see that "We Don’t Talk About Bruno" wasn't on the list. Instead, the Spanish-language ballad "Dos Oruguitas" was recognized by the Academy.
But the No. 1 track being left out wasn't a snub. "Encanto" hit theaters weeks after the Oscar submission deadline for original songs passed. Disney assumed that "Dos Oruguitas," which means "Two Little Caterpillars," would be the film's biggest hit and submitted it for consideration instead.
Unfortunately, that means viewers will not get to watch a live-action version of the elaborate musical number at the ceremony.
Thankfully, we can still enjoy listening to "We Don't Talk About Bruno" on repeat.
Check out the full lyrics below.
'We Don't Talk About Bruno' — the full lyrics
We don’t talk about Bruno, no, no, no We don’t talk about Bruno, but It was my wedding day (it was our wedding day) We were getting ready, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky (no clouds allowed in the sky) Bruno walks in with a mischievous grin (thunder) You telling this story or am I? I’m sorry, mi vida, go on Bruno says, “It looks like rain” (why did he tell us?) In doing so, he floods my brain Abuela, get the umbrellas Married in a hurricane What a joyous day! But anyway
We don’t talk about Bruno, no, no, no We don’t talk about Bruno
Hey, grew to live in fear of Bruno stuttering or stumbling I can always hear him sort of muttering and mumbling I associate him with the sound of falling sand, ch ch ch It’s a heavy lift with a gift so humbling Always left Abuela and the family fumbling Grappling with prophecies they couldn’t understand Do you understand?
A seven-foot frame, rats along his back When he calls your name it all fades to black Yeah, he sees your dreams and feasts on your screams (hey)
We don’t talk about Bruno, no, no, no We don’t talk about Bruno
He told me my fish would die, the next day, dead (no, no) He told me I’d grow a gut and just like he said (no, no) He said that all my hair would disappear Now, look at my head (no, no) Your fate is sealed when your prophecy is read
He told me that the life of my dreams Would be promised, and someday be mine He told me that my power would grow Like the grapes that thrive on the vine (óye, Mariano’s on his way)
He told me that the man of my dreams Would be just out of reach Betrothed to another It’s like I hear him, now
Hey sis, I want not a sound out of you
Um, Bruno Yeah, about that Bruno I really need to know about Bruno Gimme the truth and the whole truth, Bruno
Isabella, your boyfriend’s here Time for dinner
A seven-foot frame, rats along his back When he calls your name it all fades to black Yeah, he sees your dreams and feasts on your screams You telling this story or am I? Óye, Mariano’s on his way Bruno says, “It looks like rain” In doing so, he floods my brain Married in a hurricane
Don’t talk about Bruno, no (why did I talk about Bruno?) Not a word about Bruno
I never should’ve brought up Bruno!