Disney’s ‘Encanto’ Character Likes 2-year-old New York City Boy Sends Message That Representation Is Important

NEW YORK CITY – The touching video of a 2-year-old boy in New York City seeing himself in a movie character is sending a powerful message to Hollywood filmmakers.

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


But the similarity is uncanny.

That’s what young Kenzo noticed on movie night with his parents Kaheisha and Keith.

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

Parents capture sweet moment as Kenzo watches movie on camera.


“Just to see how ecstatic he was,” Keith said. “He’s clapping. He’s just getting excited.”

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

“He was able to see someone like him. I know that growing up for me doesn’t have to be as often as what you see,” Keith said. “For me, it actually feels a bit emotional to think that my son can see this and have this experience. Just so so many other black and brown boys and girls can have it. experiencing the same thing now, I think that’s great.”


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

“This is why representation is important, it’s good to see us on TV in good light,” one tweet read.

“This is a big moment for us, but for him at such a young age, I hope it turns out to be 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 always teaches his students the importance of positive representation in the media.

By the way, Kenzo’s favorite movie used to be “The Lion King”. It’s safe to say that may change after “Encanto”.

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