The new Disney musical Wish is about how the magical wishing star came to be. On its 100th anniversary, Disney turns the page back to the origin, and the ubiquitous “wish upon a star and it shall come true” thematic representation of that world is now the subject of their newest project. The film is a culmination of the journey of Walt Disney productions that have enriched the lives of billions over the century. Now, in their most venerated and commemorative movie to date, the home of dreams-coming-true celebrates the Star that grants it all.
Wish Marks the Centennial Anniversary of Walt Disney
The announcement of Wish came at Disney’s D23 Expo this year with a lot of hopes and expectations among the cast and crew. The featured ensemble cast of the film is one that marks a who’s who in the industry of musicals — proof that the production is clearly aiming high for their centennial revelry. The film, directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, launches the 100-year anniversary celebrations of the Walt Disney Company that officially falls on October 16, 2023.
Wish features the Oscar-winning Ariana DeBose as Asha, a 17-year-old witty, optimistic, and a driven protagonist who travels through the Kingdom of Wishes, a land where wishes can literally come true. Alan Tudyk, the Annie Award-winning “good luck charm” of Disney returns as Valentino, a talking goat who is granted the ability to communicate by Star, a cosmic magical entity that personifies the wishing star. The soundtrack of the film is composed by Julia Michaels and DeBose performs “More For Us”, a song to be featured in the film.
Disney’s Wish Already Gains Its First Critical Review
A first look at the Wish protagonist that was released by the production has left the crowd displeased with the repetitive animation style that has become prevalent among Disney projects. The critical Twitter crowd is dubbing her “Pocahontas in a dress that looks like Mirabel’s from Encanto”. But despite the obvious similarities, the pioneering film sets a precedent by invoking the literal wishing star, a theme that has never been explored in Disney before.
Starring Ariana DeBose as Asha, directed by Chris Buck & Fawn Veerasunthorn, produced by Peter Del Vecho & Juan Pablo Reyes, and featuring all-new songs by Julia Michaels, Disney's Wish releases in November 2023. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/K1bDxOZOL5
— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) September 10, 2022
She's literally Pocahontas in a dress that looks like Mirabel's from Encanto.
I'm sure it's going to be a great movie but you guys have to get some original looking characters. Encanto had original characters but, she literally looks just like Pocahontas… Even the same hair pic.twitter.com/qR6cQDgoj1
— Catherine C 1977🧜🏻♀️🎗 (@KathleenC1977) September 10, 2022
This is beautiful but she kinda lookin like pic.twitter.com/ZQSnK6X3yB
— ✨ Terry Thee Stallion ✨ (@terry12539) September 10, 2022
Encanto's Isabella is the Prototype, Asha is the Alpha. Just like how Katrina van Tessel is to Cinderella in 1949-1950.
— Astariχborn ⭐ (@7lights13darks) September 10, 2022
I have high hopes for #Wish, given it's for Disney's 100th anniversary. That said, I do hope they give Asha a different colored dress. The color scheme for her hair, dress, and skin makes her feel too similar to Isabela Madrigal to me. #disney #encanto. #d23 pic.twitter.com/roDSFRr5zH
— SynergySilhouette (@SynergySilhoue1) September 10, 2022
Osmosis Jones is trending due to how similar Wade from Pixar's upcoming film "Elementals" looks to Ozzie.
But shall we also consider how the protagonist of Disney's "Wish," Asha, looks pretty similar to Isabela Madrigal from "Encanto?" pic.twitter.com/p7EzRMGXge
— Ezra Weiss (@ezmanify) September 10, 2022
In all its years in the industry, the mass media entertainment house has never failed to disappoint its target audience with its rich content and happy-go-lucky protagonists. The themes of Disney productions that furtively explore human contradictions and moralities are never imposed or forced upon and the ends always leave you wiser, optimistic, and a believer in miracles and the power of wishes. Hopefully, Disney’s Wish, despite its initial reviews, is set to leave its audience feeling the same.
Wish is set to premiere at an unspecified date on November 2023.
Source: Twitter/Disney Animation