Disney has released “Wish” character posters for Asha (Ariana DeBose) and King Magnifico (Chris Pine).
17-year-old Asha is pictured among floating, glowing purple orbs and silvery stars. In the film, she makes a wish on a star and then meets a glowing ball of light called Star. She has a goat sidekick, Valentino, voiced by Alan Tudyk.
The villainous King Magnifico is depicted holding a blue and green glowing orb with the film’s name and release date on it. He’s the ruler of the Kingdom of Rosas, a “fantastical land” off the Iberian Peninsula, and keeps the wishes of his people.
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“Wish” uses a mix of 2D and 3D animation as an homage to Disney’s animation history. It features original songs by Julia Michaels and Benjamin Rice, and a score by David Metzger (“Tarzan,” “Frozen,” “Frozen II”).
It’s directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, from a script by Jennifer Lee and Allison Moore. Buck and Lee previously directed both “Frozen” films. It will be Veerasunthorn feature directorial debut. It’s produced by Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes.
Buck said of the film, “Our heroine, Asha, lives in Rosas, known as the kingdom of wishes. People come from everywhere to give their wishes to a magical king who promises to grant their deepest desires—someday. Only he can decide which wishes will come true and when.”
Veerasunthorn added, “We have been inspired by so many iconic films over Disney Animation’s 100 years, especially stories where we explore the power of someone with a wish, combined with the conviction to make that wish come true. Being able to honor that legacy with this incredible story and these amazing characters has been a joy for our entire team.”
20 minutes of “Wish” was played at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June. “Once Upon a Studio” also premiered at the festival. The animated short also uses a combination of 2D and 3D animation, along with live-action footage. Disney brought back more than 40 voice actors to reprise their roles and pulled from the archives to use dialogue from past actors like Robin Williams as the Genie.
“Once Upon a Studio” will play in front of “Wish” when the movie opens in theaters on November 22, 2023.