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Five things you should know before watching Disney’s Wish

Five things you should know before watching Disney’s Wish

At Polygon, many of us are fans of sitting down to watch a movie with as little initial information as possible, for the feeling of discovery. But sometimes, it helps to know a few things, whether it’s an interesting fact about the movie’s story or just knowing how many end-credits scenes to expect. Here are five things we think you should know about the new animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios Want before looking.

Does Wish have a post-credits scene?

It does! It’s a short, wordless sequence that has no relevance to the plot, so you can decide for yourself if it’s worth sticking around to watch. Like many other elements in Want, Its main purpose is to be a visual celebration of Disney’s centennial. In the scene, a character with a lute plays a simple acoustic version of Disney’s signature ballad “When You Wish Upon a Star,” which gives way to Disney’s updated computer-animated anniversary logo. There’s not much to it except as another way the film takes advantage of Disney’s history. But if you’re sitting at the end of the movie feeling the kind of nostalgia Disney intended you to feel, it might give you a warm feeling.

Why does Wish’s animation look different than other Disney movies?

Want It’s expressly intended as a salute to Disney history, which is why it’s filled with visual references to past Disney films. Part of that project featured directors, Chris Buck (Frozen) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (Raya and the last dragon story head), trying to digitally approximate Walt Disney Animation’s classic 2D hand-painted look. For this film, they used a digital approach previously tested on the experimental Disney short. Paper Man.

You can read more about the animation development process and the software used to render it in our behind-the-scenes look. WantThe animation.

Where can I listen to the songs? Want?

The Magnificent King (Chris Pine), the real-life villain of the Disney animated film Wish, sings his heart out to his villain song “This Is the Thanks I Get” with his eyes closed, head thrown back, and arms outstretched. to the sides, while an honor guard in black armor with pikes kneels on either side of him, raising their palms in respect.

Image: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Possibly anticipating piracy and deciding to keep all the payment for video playback, Disney has released the Want soundtrack in an official playlist on YouTube. There are quite a few songs, so if these were all actual clips from the movies, you could be seeing a major part of the Disney series. Want Free online. Instead, these are lyric videos. If you’re the kind of person who likes to listen to the songs from a musical in advance (we don’t understand you, but we know you’re there), you’re either previewing the movie for younger viewers, or leaving Want with a particular song you want to revisit, that’s the easiest way to do it.

At press time, some of the songs were also on Spotify on the Disney Channel, but the full album had not yet been uploaded.

Who wrote the Wish songs?

Disney fans may notice that WantThe songs don’t have that Broadway number, sing-along quality common to so many Disney musicals, and are more like modern radio-ready pop. That’s because the lyrics were written by Grammy-nominated pop artist Julia Michaels, who previously wrote songs for Justin Bieber (“Sorry”), Ed Sheeran (“Dive”), Gwen Stefani (“Used To Love You”) and Britney Spears. (“Pajama Party”), among others. The music is by Michaels and indie-rock producer Benjamin Rice. They gave Want a much brighter pop sound than most Disney films, somewhat akin to the radio remixes of songs from Disney soundtracks that have been common since the Disney Renaissance.

Why do some of the characters in Wish seem so familiar?

Phew. So you might end up wondering why the protagonist, Asha (Ariana DeBose), has a team of seven friends backing her up, characters who mostly don’t have much to do, but who are almost always together throughout the movie. Those characters are an extended joke in Disney history: they are inspired by the dwarves from Disney’s first animated film. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Not only are their costumes color-coded according to the dwarves, but each one has specific characteristics of the dwarves. snow White characters.

The “Seven Dwarfs” reference characters in the Disney animated film Wish (from left, Hal, Safi, Dahlia, Simon, Gabo, Bazeema and Dario) stand together in a crowd scene, looking worried.

Image: Walt Disney Animation Studios

The seven dwarfs from Disney's 1937 animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, huddle together on a wooden balcony.

Image: Walt Disney Animation Studios

How do you know which one? Want Which character is which dwarf? The quickest way is to check the first letters of their names. Dahlia (Jennifer Kumiyama), Asha’s best friend with small, round glasses and a tendency to lead the group, is Doc. The paranoid and whiny Gabo (Harvey Guillén) is Grumpy. The smiling but not very assertive Hal (Niko Vargas) is Happy. Simon (Evan Peters), the big guy who is dazed and half-conscious for much of the movie, is Sleepy. Safi (Ramy Youssef), whose only characteristic is that he can’t stop sneezing, is Sneezy. Dario (Jon Rudnitsky), the big-eared guy whose job is to say clueless things, is Dopey. And Bazeema (Della Saba), the introvert who keeps disappearing at the beginning of the film, is Bashful. None of this is explained in the movie, but once you see it, you can’t unsee it.



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