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Disney's Wish - What We Know So Far

On September 9th, 2022, "Wish" was announced at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. "Wish" is set to be Disney's next animated musical that explores the magic behind the star that Disney characters often wish upon. Often used as a plot device for characters to express their deepest desires, like Lilo's wish in "Lilo & Stitch" for a friend that inevitably led to Stitch's destructive introduction. Disney has trained its audiences to accept that wishing stars are commonplace without considering if their magic is real and what causes such magic to trigger.

For that reason, "Wish" is gearing up to be an exceptional addition to the House of Mouse's extended repertoire of magical films. With so much buzz centered around this movie at D23, fans expect it to live up to the high praise those working on the film have already given it. With so much sentimental value for the studio, putting effort into making "Wish" a standout of 2023 should be a no-brainer. Disney fans can expect big things from this film.

This film also happens to mark the 100th anniversary of Disney, making its significance that much more prominent.

What is the plot of Wish?

"Wish," tells the story of Asha, a 17-year-old girl who, like many Disney characters that have come before her, turns her call for help to the heavens. Wishing for a better future and safety for her community, Asha follows that same wishing upon a star path that so many characters inevitably do. In Asha's case, though, the "star" actually responds.

In "Wish," the star that answers Asha is a ball of energy that makes a pact with her to help her people. It's been mentioned that this movie is meant to act as an origin story for the magical star that so many Disney characters have wished upon, insinuating that it is the same star across each film. If not the same star, then perhaps the origin of where these many stars come from. Asha and her animal companion, a goat named Valentino, will explore Rosas, the kingdom of wishes.

This opens up a whole new layer of Disney films, though. In giving the "when you wish upon a star" star an origin, "Wish" might be claiming that all Disney films that include this aspect are connected in the same universe.

Who is starring in Wish?

Ariana DeBose will lead Disney's new film "Wish." The actress most recently won an Academy Award for her turn as Anita in 2021's "West Side Story." With such a talented voice behind the main character, the film is already on the right track to making a big splash.

Joining the talented singer, Valentino, Asha's pet goat, will be voiced by Alan Tudyk. Tudyk is no stranger to lending his voice to many films and television shows. He's voiced characters for other Disney films, like Iago from the 2019 live-action "Aladdin" and Pico the Toucan from "Encanto." He's also played some very iconic androids over the years, too. He voiced Sonny in "I, Robot," which starred Will Smith as Sonny's reluctant human companion. Tudyk was also the genius voice behind the snarky-yet-lovable K-2SO from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."

Tudyk doesn't only do voice acting, but his incredibly long and impressive IMDb credit list has a plethora of movies, television shows, and video games that all feature his talented voice acting.

Beyond these two, not much is known about the rest of the cast or characters of "Wish."

Wish's release date and trailer

D23's 2022 reveal of "Wish" gave Disney fans an insight into their upcoming animated musical over a year in advance. Not scheduled to hit theaters until November 22, 2023, "Wish" is still a great deal of time away, but it is set up to be a wholesome and family-friendly film that will be great for people of all ages to enjoy for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Currently, there is no trailer for "Wish." Considering the film is still a year away, it's not surprising that there isn't a trailer for it yet. It will likely be 2023 before Disney fans get a good look at what's in store for this magical journey. That said, it's become somewhat commonplace for first-look trailers to drop months and months before the actual release of a film, so perhaps Disney enthusiasts will get a glimpse sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, some interesting YouTube videos discuss the D23 panel that revealed "Wish," as well as fan theories and dissection videos. YouTuber Vailskibum posted an exciting video a couple of months ago about the possibility of "Wish" resurrecting Disney's Renaissance era. While Dave Lee Down Under uploaded a video to his channel discussing the D23 "Wish" panel.

While fans are waiting for more official news, many discussions have sparked about the upcoming movie!

Who is directing Wish?

"Wish" is bringing on two talented directors who are no strangers to working on box-office-smashing Disney films. The incredible Chris Buck, who directed both "Frozen" and "Frozen II," has already signed on for the project. Buck won an Academy Award in 2014 for best animated feature film for the monumentally popular "Frozen." If Buck can bring the same magic to "Wish" that he brought to Anna and Elsa's adventures, Disney's newest animated musical is in good hands.

Joining Buck is Fawn Veerasunthorn, who also has a history with Disney films. While "Wish" will be the first film she's stepped into the director's chair for, she's been an essential part of several massive Disney projects, including "Raya and the Last Dragon" as the head of the story and "Ralph Breaks the Internet" and "Zootopia" as a story artist. She's also worked on "Moana" and "Frozen," so she's been around her fair share of Disney films. Veerasunthorn knows what elements are necessary to make an inspirational piece of animation, and she's sure to bring many creative ideas to the director's chair.

These two creative powerhouses working together are sure to make "Wish" a film that won't soon be forgotten.