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Exclusive Clip: Disney's 'Wish' Filmmakers Choose Their Favorite Sidekick

With the film coming out March 12 on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD, Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer and 'Wish' writer/executive producer, Jennifer Lee, along with directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, and producers Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes Lancaster Jones, share their picks for the Disney sidekick they'd choose to help save their kingdom. 

In an exclusive clip just provided to AWN, Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer and Wish writer/executive producer, Jennifer Lee, along with directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, and producers Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes Lancaster Jones, share their picks for the Disney sidekick they'd choose to help save their kingdom. They may not be who you think.

Wish, the latest addition to the studio's animated film legacy, is coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 12; it’s currently available on Digital from all major digital retailers, including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu. On both releases, fans can enjoy a sing-along movie version, never-before-seen bonus features, and deleted scenes.

Check out the clip:

Wish introduces Asha, voiced by Oscar winner Ariana DeBose, a sharp-witted idealist who makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force—a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe—the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico—to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

Featuring the voice of Alan Tudyk as Asha’s favorite goat, Valentino, the film also stars Victor Garber as Asha’s grandfather, Sabino; Natasha Rothwell as Asha’s mom, Sakina; Jennifer Kumiyama as Asha’s dearest friend, Dahlia; Evan Peters as Simon; Harvey Guillén as Gabo; Ramy Youseff as Safi; Niko Vargas as Hal; Della Saba as Bazeema; and Jon Rudnitsky as Dario.

Bonus Features

  • Sing Along With The Movie

Sing along with your favorite songs while watching the movie with on-screen lyrics.

  • Featurette: Once Upon A Studio

Beloved characters from Disney Animation’s 100 years come together for an unforgettable reunion.

  • 100 Years In The Making – The Inside story on the making of WISH
    • What Makes Disney, Disney - Learn what makes a Disney film and its characters so distinct, memorable and beloved. Discover how Asha and WISH are quintessentially Disney — from the extraordinary challenges Asha must overcome, to the magical, Kingdom of Rosas.
    • The Wish Equation - What is a wish? Join the filmmakers for a surprising conversation as they break down the "Wish Equation," discuss the "rules of magic," and describe the role music plays in Disney films. Then hear Julia Michaels' own original demo of "This Wish."
    • Looking Backward To Go Forward - Walk the aisles of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library as the filmmakers "draw" inspiration from 100 years of animation. Learn about the "Pinocchio test," and how WISH's design blends new technology with classic techniques.
    • Where Dreams And Reality Collide - Discover the times and places that were the inspiration for Rosas and helped build the world of this original fairy tale. 
    • Asha Means Wish - Learn all about Asha, from her inspired design to her boundless determination and generosity. Uncover the subtle symbolism in her jewelry, and dive into her dancing skills. See how she’s imperfectly perfect and what makes her a memorable Disney hero.
    • The Return Of The Disney Villain - You'll love to hate King Magnifico when you uncover his secrets. Find out what makes him the classic Disney villain — and why he doesn't wear a crown.
    • Star Is Born - Uncover early concept drawings to see how Star evolved into Asha's lovable wish facilitator. Learn about Star's sparkles, and why Star can communicate with Asha and the other characters.
    • Those Who Stand Beside Me - Learn more about Asha's closest allies, Dahlia and Valentino. Find out which of Snow White's seven companions served as inspiration for Dahlia, and how Valentino breaks one of the rules of Disney animals.
    • When Wishes Come True - Get to know the kids inside the filmmakers as the creators of WISH reflect on what Disney movies meant to them growing up, and what it's like being part of the Disney legacy today.
  • Featurette: WISH D-Classified

WISH is filled with references and nods to other Disney films from the studio's 100-year legacy. From hidden Mickeys to more subtle tributes, you may have caught many of them, but check out this "D-Classified” piece for ones you may have missed.

  • Featurette: Outtakes

Step inside the recording booth with the brilliant and talented actors of WISH for some creative fun as they bring their characters to life.

  • Featurette: Deleted Song “A Wish Worth Making”

Directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn introduce this poignant song sung by Saba Sabino (voiced by Victor Garber) expressing what it’s like to be reunited with your one true wish.

  • Deleted Scenes – Check out some scenes that didn't make the Final Cut.
    • Magnifico's Secret
    • The Wishing Tree
    • To Rosas
    • Finding Flazino
    • Valentino Is A Star
  • Song Selection – Jump to your favorite musical moments, with on-screen lyrics.
    • At All Costs
    • This Wish
    • I’m A Star
    • This Is The Thanks I Get?!
    • Knowing What I Know Now
    • This Wish (Reprise)

Source: Walt Disney Animation Studios

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