Disney’s Wish (2023) is almost in theaters and we have everything you need to know about the new film. An animated film as exciting as this one hasn’t been released in a while, and Disney may be hoping (or wishing) this one changes that. The company has suffered some losses with the releases of Strange World (2022) and Lightyear (2022) nearly flopping at the box office.
Although not yet rated, Wish is set to be released on November 22, 2023. The film landing just before Thanksgiving may be a purposeful placement as the perfect family film to watch after the holiday. So what makes Wish so special and what is there to know about the new film? We’ve got you covered.
One wish can change everything! 💫
— Disney (@Disney) August 21, 2023
Asha, the main character of Wish joins the long list of female protagonists who show their passion for adventure. With adversity and strength, Asha goes on a journey to save her community. Her powerful wish is answered by “a little ball of boundless energy called Star.” Asha and Star join forces to confront the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico. They must “prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen,” as Disney writes.
What makes Wish so unique is the star cast, directors, producers, and writers of the project. Asha is played by Academy Award-winning actor Ariana DeBose, helmed by Oscar-winning director Chris Buck, with original songs by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/musician Benjamin Rice. With so much outstanding talent that had a hand in creating the film, it almost seems impossible for it to flop.
While Disney’s hope is that all of their films are as iconic as Frozen (2013) Cinderella (1950) and Coco (2017), it’s unrealistic that every film will hit home like the favorites. “Some believe that Wish is on track to save Disney animation, but that’s because of its focus on nostalgia,” Inside the Magic wrote. Disney and Pixar’s most successful films stem from their ability to evoke emotion from the audience.
So the question is, will Wish bring the same homecoming feeling as many classic films do? Or will it be another box office letdown that Disney may lose more money on? Based on the visuals from the trailer seen below, as well as the photos released, it seems promising that Disney Wish may just be the next animated favorite for Disney fans.
What are your thoughts on Wish?