There’s a new toon musical coming to town. Disney revealed To wish, on the birth of the emblematic Wishing Star, at D23 today.
West Side Story Oscar-winning actress Ariana DeBose will star with EncantoThis is Alan Tudyk. The Disney Animation Studios photo will be directed by the Oscar-winning actor Frozen helmsman Chris Buck and Raya and the last dragon Fauve alum Veerasunthorn.
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To wish will feature songs by Grammy-nominated Julia Michaels. DeBose performed a song from the film called “More for Us”.
DeBose stars as Asha, the 17-year-old heroine who is driven, incredibly smart, and optimistic, a quick-witted up-and-coming leader who sees the darkness others don’t. She navigates a realm of wishes, where wishes can literally come true. Asha makes an impassioned plea to the stars, wishing for guidance and help, and ends up bringing a real star — a cosmic force that’s a literal ball of energy and communicates through pantomime — from the sky.
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Tudyk voices Valentino, a goat.
They will face off against a villain described as one of the most fearsome foes in Disney history.
The filmmakers said the pic blends a timeless watercolor style with 3D CG animation.
“Fawn and I grew up with Disney classics and fell in love with them,” Buck said. “Truly, there is no greater power in the universe than someone with a true wish in their heart.”
Jennifer Lee, who directs Disney Animation, is co-writer, with Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes producing.
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“The film means so much to all of us at the studio and was an incredible cross-generational collaboration,” Lee said onstage.
A test animation was shown to the room, which featured animators experimenting with character movement.
Starring Ariana DeBose as Asha, directed by Chris Buck & Fawn Veerasunthorn, produced by Peter Del Vecho & Juan Pablo Reyes, and featuring all-new songs by Julia Michaels, Disney’s Wish premieres November 2023. (2/2) #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/Jvzhu7tPHJ
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