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“She looks like Pocahontas wearing Mirabel’s dress”: Fans Blast Unoriginal Design of the Protagonist in Disney’s New Animated Movie ‘Wish’

Fans Blast Unoriginal Design of the Protagonist in Disney's New Animated Movie 'Wish'

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.

Disney announces the launch of a new animated musical titled Wish
Disney announces the launch of a new animated musical titled Wish

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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 Ariana DeBose as Asha
Wish features Ariana DeBose as Asha

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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.

The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023

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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.

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

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.