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"When You Wish Upon a Star" is the signature song written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney's 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio.[1] The original version was sung by Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards)[1] and is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film.

The song was universally praised upon its release. With its theme relating to wishes, dreams, and magic—all of which are synonymous with the Disney brand—the song has since become the anthem for the Walt Disney Company, most famously playing alongside the logo of Walt Disney Pictures before a film.

Lyrics

Male Character (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalizing):
When you wish upon a star,
Makes no difference who you are.
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

If your heart is in your dream,
No request is too extreme.
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Chorus (Singing):
Fate is kind.
She brings to those who love.
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing.
(Vocalizes)

Jiminy Cricket (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalzing):
Like a bolt out of the blue,
Fate steps in and sees you through.
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.

Jiminy Cricket (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalizing):
When your heart is in your dream,
No request is too extreme.

Chorus (Singing):
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.
(Vocalizes)
You'll find your dreams come true.

Jiminy Cricket (Singing):
When you wish upon a star,
Makes no difference who you are.
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

If your heart is in your dream,
No request is too extreme.
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Fate is kind.
She brings to those who love.
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing.

Like a bolt out of the blue,
Suddenly it comes in view.
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.

When a star is born,
They possess a gift or two.
One of them is this:
They have the power to make a wish come true.

When you wish...
When you wish...
When you wish...
Wish upon a star.

When you wish...
When you wish...
When you wish...
Wish upon a star.

When you wish...
When you wish...
When you wish...
Wish upon a star.

When you wish upon a star,
Makes no difference who you are.
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

When you wish...
When you wish...
When you wish...
Wish upon a star.

If your heart is in your dream,
No request is too extreme.
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

When you wish...
When you wish...

Fate is kind.
She brings to those who love.
And this sweet, fulfillment of
Their secret's longing.

Like a bolt out of a blue,
Fate steps in and sees you through.
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.

When you wish...
When you wish (yeah yeah yeah)
When you wish...
Wish upon a star... (your dreams come true.)

When you wish...
When you wish...
When you wish...
Wish upon a star... (when you wish upon a star.)

When you wish...
When you wish... (when you wish...)
When you wish
Wish upon a star... (your dreams come true.)

When you wish...
When you wish...
When you wish...
Wish upon a star.

Fate is kind.
She brings to those who love.
And this sweet, fulfillment of
Their secret's longing.

When you wish upon a star,
Makes no difference who you are.
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

When you wish...
When you wish...

When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.

When you wish...
When you wish...
When you wish...
Wish upon a star... (wish upon a star.)

When you wish...
When you wish...
When you wish... (when you wish.)
Wish upon a star...

Male Character (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalizing):
When you wish upon a star,
Makes no difference who you are.
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

If your heart is in your dream,
No request is too extreme.
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Chorus (Singing):
Fate is kind.
She brings to those who love.
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing.
(Vocalizes)

Jiminy Cricket (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalzing):
Like a bolt out of the blue,
Fate steps in and sees you through.
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.

Jiminy Cricket (Speaking):
From all of us to all of you, merry Christmas.

Chorus (Singing):
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.
(Vocalizes)
You'll find your dreams come true.

Trivia

  • "When You Wish Upon a Star" is the first Disney song to win an Oscar, earning an Academy Award for Best Song.
  • The American Film Institute ranked "When You Wish Upon a Star" seventh in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History.
  • In 1991, Billy Joel sings “When You Wish Upon a Star” from ‘’Simply Mad About the Mouse’’ the soundtrack and the TV special.
  • In 2009, the song was preserved into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
  • "When You Wish Upon a Star" was heavily featured in Remember... Dreams Come True at Disneyland and Wishes at Magic Kingdom as opening and finale song. It was also heard in Believe... There's Magic in the Stars and Disneyland Forever.
  • Also in Disney's Sing Along Songs Disneyland Fun version of "When You Wish Upon A Star" accompanied by Disneyland's incomparable fireworks. Luckily kids to leave the park, and characters return to Fantasyland, Mickey and Minnie gives a kiss, and he steps forward to shoots sparks from his fingers that would repeat appearance in Fantasmic, 2 years before and earlier in 1990 was Sorcery in the Sky
  • "When You Wish Upon a Star" was also performed on The Muppet Show in the Mark Hamill episode as the closing number.
  • Gene Simmons, bass player for the rock group KISS, covered the song for his 1978 solo album.
  • When You Wish Upon A Star music playing is also heard on the Disney parks grand openings as well.
  • Jodi Benson and Paige O'Hara, the original voices of Ariel and Belle, recorded a duet version of the song. Their version however, samples "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" at the beginning of the song. Ariel and Belle are both Disney Princesses.

Videos

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 134. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.


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Media
Films: PinocchioLive Action filmVideoGeppetto

Television: House of MouseA Poem Is...
Video games: Video gameKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop DistanceDisney Emoji Blitz
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingGolden Sight 'n' Sound BookLittle Golden BookPinocchio's Adventures

Disney Parks
Cinderella Castle Mystery TourDisney Animation BuildingDisney Friends of the MonthIt's a Small WorldPinocchio's Daring JourneyStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseStorybook Land Canal Boats

Entertainment: AnimagiqueDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's WishesFantasmic!Fantasy FestivalOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnOnce Upon a Mouse
Restaurants: Cleo'sPinocchio Village Haus Restaurant
Shops: Geppetto's Holiday WorkshopPleasure Island CandiesStromboli's Wagon
Parade: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Main Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Storybook ExpressMickey's WaterWorksSpectroMagicThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Firework: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisneyland ForeverFantasy in the SkyMagicalOnce Upon a TimeRemember... Dreams Come TrueWishesWonderful World of Animation
Halloween: Kooky Spooky Halloween NightMaze of Madness: The Nightmare Experiment Continues
Christmas: Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Characters
PinocchioJiminy CricketThe Blue FairyGeppettoFigaroCleoHonest JohnGideonStromboliThe CoachmanThe Coachman's GoonsLampwickThe Stupid Little BoysMonstro
Locations
VillageGeppetto's WorkshopStromboli's CaravanThe Red Lobster InnPleasure Island
Songs
Pinocchio: When You Wish Upon a StarLittle Wooden HeadGive a Little WhistleHi-Diddle-Dee-DeeI've Got No Strings

Geppetto: ToysEmpty HeartAnd SonJust Because It's MagicBravo, Stromboli!Satisfaction GuaranteedPleasure IslandSince I Gave My Heart Away
Deleted: Jiminy CricketHonest JohnAs I Was Sayin' to the DuchessTurn On the Old Music BoxNo StringsRolling Along to Pleasure IslandThree Cheers for AnythingMonstro the Whale

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