Disney will deliver another Thanksgiving animated treat with the November release of their new computer-animated feature, Wish. The film will be set in a fantasy realm and has a striking resemblance to classic Disney stories but with a fresh visual approach. Find out everything that we know so far about this latest Disney animation coming this holiday season.
What’s the Premise of Wish?
Wish will follow the animated adventures of Asha (Ariana DeBose), a 17-year-old girl living in the Kingdom of Rosas. The land is ruled by King Magnifico (Chris Pine), and Asha suspects there’s something evil behind this ruler. The problem is that she can’t find a way to prove this.
Desperate for a solution, Asha makes a wish among the stars. This leads to an actual star arriving to grant her wishes, making her pet goat, Valentino, speak with a voice provided by Alan Tudyk. Asha is soon off on an adventure to save her land from a secret darkness that looms within the kingdom.
Who is Making Wish?
The Walt Disney Animation Studios developed Wish, which is the same studio behind Encanto and Moana. Development on the animated film started in 2018, but news of the film’s title and production wasn’t revealed until 2022. The announcement described Wish’s animation as a cross between traditional watercolor and computer animation.
The Wish movie is directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (Frozen), with a script by Jennifer Lee (Frozen II) and Allison Moore. The voice cast will include Ariana DeBose, Chris Pine, Alan Tudyk, Angelique Cabral, Victor Garber, Natasha Rothwell, Jennifer Kumiyama, Evan Peters, Harvey Guillén, Ramy Youssef, Niko Vargas, Della Saba, and Jon Rudnitsky. The film is rated PG and runs 92 minutes.
Will Wish Be A Musical?
Wish will be in the great tradition of Disney’s animated fantasy by featuring prominent music, echoing the studio’s previous CGI films Frozen, Moana, and Encanto. The music will be composed by David Metzger, known for his compositions on Frozen, Moana, Planes, Wreck-It Ralph, Tarzan, Haunted Mansion, and Brother Bear. Julia Michaels, a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, will write the songs.
The musical aspect was confirmed when Disney debuted a clip of Asha singing in the movie. The clip was revealed at CinemaCon last April. Based on Deadline calling the clip’s song “a very pretty, powerful anthem,” it seems clear that Disney is leaning into make this another animated musical.
When and Where Can Wish Be Watched?
Wish will premiere in movie theaters on November 22, 2023, just in time for Thanksgiving. This has been a common placement for many Walt Disney Animation Studios animated films. Other films that have occupied this holiday slot have included Moana, Coco, and Frozen II.
There’s no word yet on when the film will arrive on Disney+, but it likely won’t be for a few months. This is speculated based on Disney witnessing unexpected success with Pixar’s Elemental, which slowly became a steady earner at the box office. Since Elemental only recently arrived on Disney+, Walt Disney Pictures will try to keep it in theaters as long as possible for a bigger box office draw. Check out the official trailer below.
- Wish is a Disney computer-animated musical that is rated PG.
- The film is made by directors, writers, and the composer behind Disney films like Frozen.
- Wish will premiere in theaters on November 22, 2023.
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