New Disney Wish Movie Loaded with Nods to Classic Films
Everything about “Wish,” the upcoming Disney animated film, shows reverence for Walt Disney’s rich history, from the overarching story concept to the cinematic framework that supports it. It’s no surprise, considering that the title is intended to serve as a cornerstone of the studio’s 100-year celebration.
Directors Chris Buck (known for “Frozen”) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (previously head of story on “Raya and the Last Dragon”) share exclusively with EW that the movie will be brimming with countless “homages to the classics” from Disney’s extensive film catalog. While some might refer to them as Easter eggs, the filmmakers assert that most of these references are more subtle and layered than simply hidden surprises.
How many references are we dealing with in Wish? Chris Buck shared, “We are compiling a list, and I couldn’t tell you how long it is now. Each department puts things in and there’s some that we don’t even know are there yet, and we may not know until they tell us.”
Throughout the film, another tribute employed consistently is the utilization of watercolor-style landscapes that adorn the background of various scenes. Buck and Veerasunthorn highlight that these landscapes pay homage to the timeless watercolor art that influenced Disney’s 1937 masterpiece, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Veerasunthorn explains, “The goal is that this is a moving illustration. Every frame is a painting, when you pause on it, we don’t put a lot of motion blurs in this film or in the background. We employ the watercolor technique of when things are in the distance, you reduce the detail. This is a new technology that our team has developed to be able to control the lines and the details that go into whichever area on the screen. So, when you want to narrow down the focus to someone or some situation, we have all those tools at our hands to really emanate the real-life watercolor.”
Buck says, “We wanted to make a movie that celebrates the joy of Disney and make a movie for the fans. It’s a hundred years. The Disney audience has kept us going and kept this studio going, and so there’s so much of that.”
Eagle-eyed viewers can delight in these historical nods when Wish premiers in theaters on November 22. You can check out the full trailer online. Check back for more updates on Wish and a full review of the film here at Chip & Company.
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