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Be careful what you wish for.
―Tagline

Wish is an American computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It was released on November 22, 2023 as the 62nd animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon. The film is written by Jennifer Lee and Allison Moore and directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn.

Synopsis[]

In the Kingdom of Rosas, located off of the Iberian Peninsula, a 17-year-old girl named Asha senses the darkness that no one else does about the kingdom's ruler, King Magnifico after she visits his castle to interview for a position as his apprentice. This eventually leads to her trying to make a passionate plea to the stars in a moment of need. Soon, an actual star from the sky named Star answers Asha's wish. After the star falls from the sky, it is revealed that the star has magical powers to grant wishes as well. Together, Asha and Star must overcome the evils rising in Rosas and fight for a better future in order to have something better than what they already have and for all dreams to come true for the people of Rosas.

Plot[]

Many years ago, the Kingdom of Rosas was established by King Magnifico and Queen Amaya on a Mediterranean island, equipped with Magnifico's magical ability to fulfill the wishes of the kingdom's residents. Upon turning 18, each citizen surrenders their wish and their memories of it to Magnifico during a ceremony, wherein he preserves them in his observatory. Monthly, Magnifico selects one wish to grant before the city, but hoards all the other wishes for himself.

In the present, 17-year-old Asha, accompanied by her pet goat Valentino, aspires to become Magnifico's apprentice. On her grandfather Sabino's 100th birthday, Asha hopes Magnifico will fulfill his wish in celebration. However, during the apprentice interview, tensions rise when Magnifico denies granting Sabino's wish. This reveals the dark truth that he doesn't intend to return any of the wishes to their owners and additionally refuses to grant her family's wishes.

Despite Asha's attempts to expose Magnifico's deception, her family remains unconvinced. Frustrated, Asha makes a desperate wish to the heavens, summoning a star-shaped magical being named Star. Unaware of this, Magnifico perceives Star as a threat to Rosas and seeks ways to counter its power. Meanwhile, Star's magic animates the forest and reveals to Asha the connection between all living things and stardust. Together with Valentino, Asha embarks on a quest to recover Sabino's wish, defying Magnifico with assistance from her best friend Dahlia.

As tension rises in Rosas, Magnifico resorts to dark magic to maintain control and create a magic staff. Asha, armed with newfound knowledge, returns Sabino's wish, but Magnifico retaliates, crushing her mother Sakina's wish and causing profound grief. Asha, her family, Valentino and Star flee, pursued by Magnifico. The truth emerges that Simon, one of Asha's friends, is Magnifico's informant and has been turned into a pawn by Magnifico bewitching his granted wish. Magnifico, fueled by crushed wishes, becomes a formidable force.

Asha rallies her other friends and Amaya to stop Magnifico. Corrupted and powerful, Magnifico drains the wishes of Rosas and seals Star after Asha, with her companions, faced different challenges. The final battle sees Asha pleading the citizens to make a wish, overpowering Magnifico's dark magic. The kingdom is freed, Star is released from Magnifico's staff along with the sealed wishes, and Magnifico is permanently sealed into it. Every citizen in Rosas reobtains their wish. Regretful of his actions, Simon apologizes to Asha and his friends, who all forgive him. Amaya assumes leadership over Rosas while Magnifico ends up getting imprisoned. In gratitude, Star creates Asha a magic wand. She vows to continue the just fulfillment of wishes, and Star returns to the sky among the other stars.

Cast[]

Production[]

It was reported on January 21, 2022 that Jennifer Lee was writing an original film at Walt Disney Animation Studios,[1] and during the 2022 D23 Expo Presentation, Disney Animation announced a new film titled Wish, with Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn directing, and Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes producing.[2] It was also announced that the art style combines Disney's classic watercolor animation and computer animation, which the company utilizes in its modern period.[3]

On March 26, 2023, the film was reported to have entered post-production.[citation needed]

Casting[]

During the 2022 D23 Expo Presentation, Ariana DeBose and Alan Tudyk were announced to have been cast in the leading roles of Asha and Valentino, respectively.[2] On April 26, 2023, Chris Pine was announced as the voice of King Magnifico.[4] On September 18, 2023, Angelique Cabral was announced as the voice of Queen Amaya.[5] The rest of the cast was announced with the release of the full trailer on September 27, 2023.[6]

Music[]

Main article: Wish (soundtrack)

Julia Michaels was announced to write original songs for Wish at D23 Expo in September 2022.[2] In April 2023, David Metzger was confirmed to compose the film's orchestral score, while Benjamin Rice joined Michaels to write the songs. Metzger previously worked as a composer for Disney's direct-to-video animated films, such as Tarzan II and Brother Bear 2 as well as orchestrating theatrically released Disney animated films, such as Tarzan, Bolt, Frozen, and Frozen II.[7] At CinemaCon in April, Disney showed a clip of Asha singing the song "This Wish", which reporters from Deadline described as "a very pretty, powerful anthem."[8]

Release[]

Twenty minutes of unfinished footage of the film were screened on June 16, 2023, at the 63rd Annecy Film Festival.[9] The first teaser trailer for the film was released on April 27, 2023.[10] The full trailer was released on September 27, 2023.[6][11]

Home media[]

Main article: Wish (video)

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released Wish for digital download on January 23, 2024, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on March 12, 2024.[12]

International premieres[]

Reception[]

Box office[]

Wish started off by earning $2.3 million in its Tuesday previews. Its opening day was a box office disappointment as it only earned $8.3 million, which is lower than the opening day for Pixar's Elemental. It also earned $3.9 million on Thanksgiving Day, $8 million on Black Friday, and $564,000 on Christmas Day, resulting it to become a box office bomb.

As of February 2024, Wish has grossed $63,918,394 in the US and Canada, and $187,530,593 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $251,448,987 combined.

Critical response[]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 48% of 212 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The website's consensus reads: "Wish earns some tugs at the heartstrings with the way it warmly references many of the studio's classics, but nostalgia's no substitute for genuine storytelling magic – no matter how beautifully animated it might be."[13] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 47 out of 100, based on 43 critics, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.[14]

Videos[]

Gallery[]

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Trivia[]

  • As this film comes out during Disney's 100th anniversary celebration, the fact that the plot is based on a wishing star similar to the one introduced in Pinocchio, and the stars seen in many subsequent films, such as Peter Pan, The Rescuers, Oliver & Company, and The Princess and the Frog, which serve as Disney's most iconic symbol, being mainly used in the very first shot of the Disney castle logo since 2006, it can easily be considered a celebration for the company's centennial and possibly a 'spiritual prequel' to Pinocchio.
    • In reference to Disney's 100th anniversary, trailers for the film refer to it as "a story a century in the making".
    • Following the theme of the celebration, there are numerous scenes in the film referencing various Disney films. Disney+ released a "Wish D-Classified" video as an extra for the film, showcasing the various nods and references.
  • Like some CG animated films in recent years (like the Spider-Verse franchise, DreamWorks Animations' The Bad Guys, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem), the art style of the film resembles 2D artworks with CG animation, but there are some differences between Wish and other films using same style:
    • Wish combines traditional hand drawn animation, Disney's original art style, with CG animation[3], while the other films combine comic style or oil-painted style with CG animation.
    • For Wish, buildings and environments are also rendered like hand drawn animation, while the other aforementioned films just use standard CG rendering for buildings and environments.
    • Based on the teaser trailer, Wish still uses the standard 24 frames per second to render character's movements, but the aforementioned films all use less frames per second (similar to characters' movements in 2D Japanese Anime).
    • The way the CG looks like hand drawn is similar to the Meander system used for Paperman, Feast, and Far From the Tree (the former two of which are Oscar winners).
  • The film's logo has a very similar structure to that of Fantasia 2000.
  • This is the third Walt Disney Animation Studios film to be released on November 22, after Beauty and the Beast and Frozen II.
    • This is also the fifth Disney animated film to be released on said date, after Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Coco, and Frozen II.
Wish easter egg Strange World

Star during Strange World credits

References[]

  1. Keegan, Rebecca (January 21, 2022). "The Magic Maker: Jennifer Lee's Plan for Walt Disney Animation — and Finding the Next ‘Frozen'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Anderson, Jenna (September 9, 2022). "Disney's Wish, Animated Musical About Wishing Star, Announced For 2023 With Ariana DeBose". Comicbook.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Valentine, Rebekah; Kim, Matt (September 9, 2022). "Disney's 2023 Animated Film Is Called Wish". IGN.
  4. D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 26, 2023). "Chris Pine To Play King Magnifico In Disney Animation's 'Wish' – CinemaCon". Deadline.
  5. Angelique Cabral Tapped To Be Queen Amaya In Disney Animation's ‘Wish'
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Wish - Official Trailer". IGN (September 27, 2023).
  7. "Dave Metzger Scoring Disney's ‘Wish'". Film Music Reporter (April 26, 2023).
  8. D'Alessandro, Anthony; Tartaglione, Nancy; Goldsmith, Jill (April 26, 2023). "Disney At CinemaCon: 'Marvels', 'Wish', 'Little Mermaid', 'Haunted Mansion' & More". Deadline.
  9. Taylor, Drew (June 16, 2023). "Annecy: Disney's ‘Wish' Revealed in 20 Minutes of Footage From Animated Musical". The Wrap.
  10. "Walt Disney Animation Studios Debuts ‘Wish' Trailer". The Walt Disney Company (April 27, 2023).
  11. "Walt Disney Animation Studios Unveils ‘Wish' Trailer". The Walt Disney Company (September 27, 2023).
  12. Peters, Jayson (January 11, 2024). "Disney’s Wish on Digital Jan. 23, Blu-ray/DVD/4K UHD March 12". nerdvanamedia.com.
  13. "Wish". Rotten Tomatoes.
  14. "Wish". Metacritic.
  15. "Wish | Jennifer Lee shares new footage, plot details, songs and characters". YouTube (July 1, 2023).

External links[]


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Media
Wish (soundtrack/video) • BooksThe Art of WishDisney Peaceful Guitar: Wish
Disney Parks
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Entertainment: When You Wish
Fireworks: Happily Ever AfterWondrous Journeys
Parades: A Million Splashes of Colour

Characters
AshaValentinoStarKing MagnificoQueen AmayaSabinoSakinaDahliaGaboSimonHalBazeemaSafiDario
Locations
RosasRosas CastleSpain
Songs
Welcome to RosasAt All CostsThis WishI'm a StarThis Is The Thanks I Get?!Knowing What I Know NowA Wish Worth Making
Objects
Magic WandMagic StaffBook of Spells
See also
Seven Teens


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