Ariana DeBose Will Lead Disney’s Fairytale Origin Story Want

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Ariana DeBose stands in front of a title treatment for Wish.

Photograph: Disney Animation Studios

It’s an necessary Disney character you in all probability by no means thought an excessive amount of about: the star, as within the “When You Want Upon a Star” that Jiminy Cricket sings about, the star that Princess Tiana appears to be like as much as ask for her palace restaurant, and the star that Simba gazes at whereas lacking his father. Now, the star is getting an origin story, within the type of animated movie Want.

And I’m right here for it—you know if Marvel got here out with films in regards to the origin of every Infinity Stone, you’d watch them. In Want, we’ll learn the way this supply of Disney magic that has guided the tales we all know and love over the corporate’s first 100 years got here to be. In accordance with Walt Disney Animation’s Chief Inventive Officer Jennifer Lee, it’ll be the proper story to have a good time the studio’s centennial.

“How did the wishing star, upon which so many characters wished, come to be?” directors Chris Buck (Frozen) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (Raya and the Final Dragon) requested the D23 Expo viewers earlier than revealing beautiful idea artwork of their Afro-Latine heroine, Asha (Ariana DeBose), described as a 17-year-outdated “optimist with a pointy wit who cares endlessly about her neighborhood.” We had been additionally launched to her kingdom, Rosas, a spot the place needs come true. Utilizing watercolors and 2D textures, the animation type will meld the conventional look of Disney animation classics with CG. It brings to thoughts the attractive Disney animated brief Paperman, which additionally used that approach, and I’m so thrilled to see the artwork type used to inform this particular story.

When Asha finds herself in a second of desperation, she makes a plea to the heavens—which hails down one little ball of cosmic energy known as “Star” to assist her face highly effective foes in a brand new musical journey. In case you’re very influenced by Disney magic, this appears to have all of it in a giant method, like an Oscar-profitable expertise with a voice for these “I would like” songs (written by Grammy-nominated pop songwriter Julia Michaels), which DeBose previewed with a efficiency of “Extra for Us” from the Want soundtrack. She’s the Disney heroine we’d like and I already need to take heed to time and again.

Additionally, tright here’s a cute sidekick, a goat named Valentino, voiced by Disney good-luck appeal Alan Tudyk, and the writing workforce consists of Lee herself, whose credit embody a little franchise known as Frozen. So I’d say the animation studio’s fairytale legacy is in the proper palms for this origin story, which additionally teased some surprising Easter eggs for Disney followers. I for one have to know the way the hierarchy of fairy godmothers got here to be and if Star goes to be set as much as turn out to be the Nick Fury of the Disney Princess universe. (Hear, we’re allowed to be this manner if all the opposite fandoms are.)

Want is about to launch fall 2023.


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