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Disney to dub new film Encanto in Egyptian Arabic after 10-year hiatus

The company began dubbing its films in standard Arabic a decade ago, in a decision that was widely interpreted in political terms and which sparked strong controversy among Arabic-speaking fans.

For the first time after a controversial 10-year hiatus, Disney is to release one of its films with a full dubbing in Egyptian Arabic, in addition to the standard Arabic that has been the norm in recent years. The chosen movie is the 60th film produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Encanto," a musical fantasy comedy that has received critical acclaim since it was first released in November.

The film tells the story of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live in a magical house in the mountains of Colombia. Every child of the family has a unique gift — from super strength to the power to heal — except for Maribel. But she is the only one who notices that their home is in danger and who takes action to save it.

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