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Wish, is an American computer-animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It was released on November 22, 2023 as 62nd animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon. The film is written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn. Asha, a 17-year-old heroine who’s driven, incredibly smart and an optimist, a sharp-witted leader in the making who sees darkness that others do not. She’s navigating a Kingdom of Wishes, where wishes can literally come true. Asha makes an impassioned plea to the stars, wishing for guidance and help, and ends up bringing an actual star — a cosmic force that’s a literal ball of energy and communicates through pantomime — down from the sky.

Synopsis[]

Wish follows Princess Asha and her goat Valentino from the Kingdom of Rosas as she meets a literal star and goes through an epic adventure among the stars through the various worlds to help save her people.

Wish asks the question: “How did the wishing star, which so many Disney characters wished upon, came to be?” Set in the magical kingdom of Rosas, the story introduces Asha (voice of Ariana DeBose), an optimist with a sharp wit who deeply cares about her community. When Asha turns to the sky in a moment of need and makes a wish, her plea is answered by a cosmic force—a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, they face the most formidable of foes to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

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It was reported on January 21, 2021 that Jennifer Lee was writing an original film at Walt Disney Animation Studios, 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. 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.

On March 26, 2023, the films was reported to have entered post-production.

Trivia[]

  • As this film comes out during Disney's 100th anniversary the fact that the plot is based on a wishing star, one of Disney's most iconic symbols, it can easily be considered a celebration for the company's centennial. The fact that the plot is based on a wishing star similar to the one introduced in Pinocchio, and the stars seen in subsequent films, such as Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, 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.
  • The film will reportedly have dozens of Easter eggs referencing past Disney Animated Canon films.
  • The Star first appears as an Easter egg during the end credits of Strange World, similar to other recent films from Disney Animation foreshadowing the films that will follow them in their end credits, such as the Ralph Easter egg during Moana's end credits, the butterflies from Encanto during Raya and the Last Dragon's end credits, and the Venture ship from Strange World during Encanto's end credits.
  • Like some CG animated films in recent years (like Spider-Man's "Spider-Verse" animated film series and DreamWorks' The Bad Guys and DreamWorks' Puss in Boots: The Last Wish), 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, 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).

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