Disney’s Encanto ‘character resembling a 2-year-old boy from New York City sends message that representation matters

NEW YORK CITY – A heartwarming video of a 2-year-old boy from New York City seeing himself in a movie character sends a strong message to filmmakers in Hollywood.

Kenzo Brooks is a 2-year-old in real life. Antonio is a character from the new Disney movie “Encanto”.

But the resemblance is eerie.

This is something little Kenzo noticed during the movie night with his parents Kaheisha and Keith.

“I really think he thought it was him,” Kaheisha said. “He just kept staring at the screen and looking back at us and smiling.”

Mom and Dad captured the sweet moment when Kenzo saw the movie on camera.

“Just to see how ecstatic he was,” Keith said. “He clapped. He was just excited.”

The image of Kenzo and Antonio went viral with the hashtag #representationmatters.

“He was able to see someone like him. I know growing up for me was not necessarily often something you see,” Keith said. “For me, it made me feel a little emotional to think that my son was able to see this and have this experience. Just so that so many other black and brown boys and girls could have the same experience now , think it was amazing. “

Comments poured in in support of Kenzo and his twin on screen.

“That’s why representation matters, it’s good to see us on TV in a good light,” read a tweet.

“This is such a big moment for us, but for him at such a young age, I hope it just becomes normal,” Kaheisha said.

“But it would be nice to tell him and show him one day,” Keith said.

Keith is a seventh-grade teacher in the Bronx, and he says he has always taught his students the importance of positive media representation.

By the way, Kenzo’s favorite movie used to be “The Lion King”. That may well be changing after “Encanto.”

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