Song of the Day #4,990: ‘Dos Oruguitas’ – Sebastián Yatra

Last month, I spent a week on songs from the Disney hit Encanto, the soundtrack of which has become an unlikely chart-topper.

The movie features some excellent tunes, beautifully animated, including the pop culture phenomenon ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ and ‘Surface Pressure,’ a catchy anthem for the over-burdened.

I covered five standout tracks, but I left one out so I could include it in this week’s lineup of my favorite musical moments in the films of 2021.

That track is ‘Dos Oruguitas,’ a Spanish-language ballad penned (like all of the movie’s songs) by Lin-Manuel Miranda and performed by Sebastián Yatra. The song, which translates to “two little caterpillars,” plays during Encanto‘s emotional climax.

This is the moment where Mirabel Madrigal learns the sad backstory of her Abeula Alma, and Alma accepts Mirabel after spending most of the movie blaming her for the family’s fading magic.

Disney, in both its Pixar and traditional animation branches, has perfected the art of the late-movie emotional gut punch, and this is one of their best examples yet. The stunning animation brings Alma’s story to life with nostalgic warmth, and ties the movie’s visual themes together beautifully.

And the song, performed with aching sincerity by Yatra, is a stunner. This is Miranda’s first Spanish-language tune, one that could well earn him an Oscar (and an EGOT) later this month, and it’s one of the loveliest melodies he’s ever written.

I really need to watch Encanto again, because all the pieces I’ve featured feel like they add up to one of the best movies of the year, and yet I have it falling just short on my personal list. That’s mostly due to a narrative choice at the end that didn’t sit well with me, but I want to give it another try to see if I’m being too hard on it.

Regardless, this is definitely a movie worth watching, and this scene in particular was one of the most moving I saw onscreen last year.

[Verso 1]
Dos oruguitas enamoradas
Pasan sus noches y madrugadas
Llenas de hambre, siguen andando
Y navegando un mundo
Que cambia y sigue cambiando
Navegando un mundo
Que cambia y sigue cambiando

[Verso 2]
Dos oruguitas paran el viento
Mientras se abrazan con sentimiento
Siguen creciendo, no saben cuándo
Buscar algún rincón
El tiempo sigue cambiando
Inseparables son
El tiempo sigue cambiando

[Coro]
Ay, oruguitas, no se aguanten más
Hay que crecer aparte y volver, hacia adelante seguirás
Vienen milagros, vienen crisálidas
Hay quе partir y construir su propio futuro
Ay, oruguitas, no se aguanten más
Hay que crеcer aparte y volver, hacia adelante seguirás
Vienen milagros, vienen crisálidas
Hay que partir y construir su propio futuro

[Verso 3]
Dos oruguitas desorientadas
En dos capullos bien abrigadas
Con sueños nuevos ya solo falta
Hacer lo necesario
En el mundo que sigue cambiando
Tumbando sus paredes
Ahí viene nuestro milagro (Nuestro milagro)
Nuestro milagro (Nuestro milagro)

[Coro]
Ay, mariposas, no se aguanten más
Hay que crecer aparte y volver, hacia adelante seguirás
Ya son milagros, rompiendo crisálidas
Hay que volar, hay que encontrar su propio futuro
Ay, mariposas, no se aguanten más
Hay que crecer aparte y volver, hacia adelante seguirás
Ya son milagros, rompiendo crisálidas
Hay que volar, hay que encontrar su propio futuro
Ay, mariposas, no se aguanten más
Hay que crecer aparte y volver, hacia adelante seguirás
Ya son milagros, rompiendo crisálidas
Hay que volar, hay que encontrar su propio futuro

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,990: ‘Dos Oruguitas’ – Sebastián Yatra

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I felt that the grandmother’s transition from blaming Maribel to accepting her was to sudden, but this song did help to smooth and explain that change of feelings.

    As for the movie overall, I really thought it was great notwithstanding the last scene.

    Amy and I were just discussing how my overall positive reaction and appreciation of Cyrano, despite not being drawn in by the songs and scenes in the first 15 minutes or so, was due to the movie getting better after that and ending strong. I theorized a movie that sticks the landing generally fares better both immediately and upon reflection, whereas a movie that was mostly great but whiffs at the end fares worse.

    I suspect another viewing of Encanto will elevate your opinion of the movie since 99% of it was wonderful.

  2. Amy says:

    Love this song and scene, though I’m not sure even Lin can beat Beyoncé at the Oscars 🤪

  3. Peg says:

    I haven’t seen this movie yet. Hopefully soon though

  4. Peg says:

    I haven’t seen this movie yet. Hope to catch up with it at some point.

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