Disney’s latest animated feature, “Wish,” is creating waves of excitement as it gears up for a grand release during the Thanksgiving holiday. The film is on track to secure a staggering $50 million debut, making it one of the most significant original animated openings since Coco in 2017. Set to premiere on Thanksgiving eve, November 22, the film is already resonating with audiences, especially families and female viewers.
A MUSICAL TREAT AND STAR-STUDDED CAST
Adding to the anticipation is the catchy tune “This Is the Thanks I Get,” beautifully rendered by Chris Pine, which made its debut last week. The film boasts a galaxy of stars, including Oscar winner Ariana DeBose, adding to the overall allure of “Wish.” Directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, the film tells the tale of Asha, a young girl whose wish on a star leads to unexpected and magical adventures.
DISNEY’S THANKSGIVING TRADITION
Disney has a tradition of launching successful animated movies during the Thanksgiving holiday, with past hits including Moana, Tangled, and Encanto. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, these films garnered substantial box office revenues.
A HEARTWARMING TALE FOR ALL AGES
As the release date of “Wish” draws near, it promises to enchant audiences with its touching story and mesmerizing animation, making it a delightful Thanksgiving treat for all. Chris Buck, co-director of the film, shared insights about the film’s inspiration during the D23 presentation. He stated, “Fawn and I both grew up on Disney classics and fell in love with them. There is no greater power in the universe than someone with a true wish in their hearts.”
A GRAND COLLABORATION
Jennifer Lee, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer, expressed her deep connection with the film, praising it as a remarkable collaboration across generations. The film, helmed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn with a screenplay by Jennifer Lee and Allison Moore, is set in the magical kingdom of Rosas, where teenager Asha makes a wish to challenge King Magnifico’s monopoly on granting wishes.
THE VOICE TALENT BEHIND “WISH”
Although “Wish” is an animated film, its characters are brought to life by a talented voice cast that includes Ariana Debose and Chris Pine. The voice cast includes:
Ariana DeBose as Asha, a 17-year-old girl from Rosas
Chris Pine as King Magnifico, the ruler of Rosas
Alan Tudyk as Valentino, a goat with human aspirations
Angelique Cabral as Queen Amaya
Victor Garber as Sabino, Asha’s centenarian grandfather
Natasha Rothwell as Sakina, Asha’s mother
Jennifer Kumiyama as Dahlia, Asha’s best friend
Evan Peters as Simon, a strong-willed character
“Wish” will be released in theaters, offering a magical and enchanting cinematic experience for viewers of all ages.