Behind the scenes of Disney’s ‘Wish’ with the film-makers nostalgically celebrating Disney’s century

Disney’s new animated film, ‘Wish,’ celebrates the studio’s 100th anniversary. It uses a classic animation style that reminds us of our favourite old Disney movies. This film isn’t just a cartoon; it’s like a beautiful picture made with small nods to famous Disney films, making it a nostalgic masterpiece. You can watch ‘Wish’ in U.K. cinemas starting from 24 November, 2023.

The story

‘Wish’ transports audiences to the magical kingdom of Rosas, where Asha and Star embark on a quest to save their community from the rule of King Magnifico. With stellar voice performances from Ariana DeBose, Chris Pine, and Alan Tudyk, the film is helmed by Oscar-winning director Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn.

disney wish posters collage

The trailer

The interviews 

monica costa with disney wish filmmakers


The verdict

The film ‘Wish’ is a celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary. Directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, it follows the journey of Asha, a young idealist voiced by Ariana DeBose. The movie pays tribute to Disney’s rich history, featuring references and callbacks to past Disney movies.

The animation style in ‘Wish’ is inspired by early Disney classics like ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs‘ (1937). Familiar faces from the Disney universe and a subtle shout-out to Mickey Mouse add to the nostalgic charm.

Chris Buck, the co-director, counted “over a hundred” Disney nods in the film, showcasing the film-makers’ dedication. The narrative serves as an ode to Disney’s timeless classics, with Asha’s wish on a star drawing parallels to ‘Pinocchio‘ (1940).

Asha’s sidekick, Star, is inspired by Mickey Mouse, adding charm to the story. In a heart-warming gesture, Disney collaborated with Visa to support Make-A-Wish UK during special preview screenings. Ariana DeBose surprised families, revealing that the wishes of three Make-A-Wish UK children would come true.

Disney’s ‘Wish’ is a testament to the enduring legacy of the studio. Its nostalgic references, meticulous animation, and real-world impact make it a noteworthy addition to Disney’s repertoire. As the studio celebrates its 100th birthday, ‘Wish’ stands as a commemorative milestone, blending the old and the new in a harmonious symphony of animation.

London Mums’ rating: 8/10


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