Disney Music Group has partnered with Deaf West Theatre, a Tony Award-winning company, to release an American Sign Language version of the hit song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Walt Disney Animation’s “Enchantment” in celebration Friday’s International Day of Sign Languages.
The video features a totally deaf Colombian and Hispanic cast, using both American Sign Language and Colombian Sign Language to add additional layers of authenticity to the song. The lyrics sung in English were translated into ASL and CSL by a team of sign language choreographers who worked through the text to find an accurate translation of the song for the video.
Nataly Barahona (Pepa), Andres (Flash), Otalora (Felix), Donna Valverde (Mirabel and Abuela), Jasmine Garcia (Isabela), Joseph Rocha (Camilo) and Andrea Rodriguez (Dolores) appear in the video. Lead creatives include Donna Valverde and Nataly Barahona (ASL choreographers), Andrés Otalora (director of photography), and Austin Balaich (editor).
“The impact of this film on children cannot be discounted. Most deaf children are born into hearing families, and sometimes the only exposure to the community and sign language is through videos like this,” said DJ Kurs, artistic director of Deaf West, of the positive impact that they can have collaborations like these. “Working with Disney Music Group to expand access to one of their songs to the deaf and hard of hearing communities makes us extremely proud.”
The film’s original soundtrack features eight original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with an original score by Academy Award-nominated composer Germaine Franco. The soundtrack ranked no. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart for nine non-consecutive weeks and the three-times platinum-certified “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” topped the Hot 100 chart for five weeks. Also, the soundtrack and the song ranked at no. 1 position on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 simultaneously for five consecutive weeks.
Watch the official ASL video for “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” below.