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Disney’s Last-Ditch Hope Makes Bold Departure From Modern Standard

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The Walt Disney Company needs a monumental win this year. 2023 has been extremely rough for the House of Mouse, with several major blockbuster films failing to capture the traditional box office successes established by the entertainment giant. With the year quickly coming to a close, Disney only has one last shot to turn things around. All hope now lies in its next animated movie, Wish, coming to theaters this winter, and the film is surprisingly short.

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Disney Makes a Wish

Wish tells the story of Asha, a quick-witted idealist who unleashes a profound wish, beckoning the arrival of Star, an extraordinary cosmic entity bursting with boundless energy. Asha and Star embark on an extraordinary journey, united by an unbreakable spirit. Their mission is to confront the formidable ruler of Rosas, the enigmatic King Magnifico, and safeguard their beloved community.

Voiced by the talents of Ariana DeBose, Chris Pine, and Alan Tudyk, the film is helmed by major Disney veterans, including the renowned Oscar-winning director Chris Buck, celebrated for his work on Frozen (2013) and Frozen 2 (2019). Joining him is the talented Fawn Veerasunthorn, who brought Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) to life.

Wish is made by longstanding Disney producers Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes. Executive producer Jennifer Lee collaborates with acclaimed writer Allison Moore to craft the story. The film features original songs by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Julia Michaels with a score by composer Dave Metzger. Audiences will see what Disney has been crafting to celebrate the company’s 100-year anniversary on November 22, 2023.

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Disney Wish Movie Runtime

According to Walt Disney Studios’ official screener site, Wish clocks in with a runtime of only 92 minutes (one hour and 32 minutes). This is notably shorter than every modern Disney animated film since Chicken Little (2005) and Winnie the Pooh (2011). It will be extremely interesting to see if the studio can craft a compelling and fully realized tale with a runtime lower than some of its best recent work. For reference, Encanto and Frozen had runtimes of around 102 minutes.

However, a short runtime doesn’t necessarily cause alarm, especially regarding animated films. Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Super Mario Bros. Movie was a monumental success this year and one of the highest-grossing animated films ever. The movie was also 92 minutes long, lending weight to the theory that Disney may try to emulate its success. Movies aimed at children often have to cater to their audience’s short attention span.

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Early Wish Hype

Early screenings and previews for Wish have been extremely positive. Fans have praised its impressive and visually stunning unique animation style, which includes a watercolor aesthetic. Furthermore, they claim the story is rich, and the music is fantastic. However, only 20 minutes were shown to viewers, which means there is still a lot of film left to see.

So much is riding on Wish. Disney could use an animated success in the caliber of Frozen, and the company seems to be investing heavily in the film. Asha has already announced to appear in the theme parks, and a short before the film called Once Upon a Studio brings back over 40 voice actors to reprise their roles as iconic Disney characters. In a showing at D23, fans described it as moving and the ultimate mashup. Here’s hoping its investment pays off this November.

About Michael Stoyanoff

Michael is a Disney fan with an entertainment background and passion for writing. Living in Orlando, he has been around the theme parks for over a decade. In his free time he enjoys running, playing video games, and traveling the world. He also loves hanging out with his dog, Mr. Pippers the Pug.

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