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Ramy Youssef Makes His Disney Debut in “Wish”
The film pays homage to the legacy of Disney animated movies while charting a course for the future.
Disney's new film "Wish" (2023) released last month as the Walt Disney Company commemorates its 100th anniversary, paying homage to the legacy of Disney animated movies while charting a course for the future. The film has been praised for its visual appeal and memorable music and has also been critiqued for its lack of inventiveness.
"Wish" is a musical comedy about 17-year-old Asha, who makes a powerful wish answered by a cosmic force, Star. In the Kingdom of Rosas, located off of the Iberian Peninsula, Asha senses a darkness that no one else does about the kingdom's ruler, King Magnifico. This eventually leads to her trying to make a passionate plea to the stars in a moment of need. Soon, an actual star from the sky named Star answers Asha's wish. After the star falls from the sky, it is revealed that the star has magical powers to grant wishes as well. Together, Asha and Star must overcome the evils rising in Rosas and fight for a better future for their people.
The film’s voice cast features Ariana DeBose as Asha, the protagonist of “Wish.” Chris Pine plays the villainous King Magnifico, who is the sole keeper of hundreds of wishes entrusted to him by people from all over the world. Alan Tudyk, a Disney animation favorite, features as Asha's pet goat Valentino. Ramy Youssef makes his Disney debut as Safi, a man who is plagued with allergies; his character was inspired by Sneezy from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Other actors featured in the film include Angelique Cabral, Victor Garber, Harvey Guillén, Natasha Rothwell and Evan Peters.
In a behind-the-scenes video, the cast and crew expressed how the movie celebrates the breadth of Disney's animated features and embraces the studio's legacy while looking ahead to the future of their animated projects. Co-director Chris Buck said, "It's a dream come true to be able to celebrate the studio and do a film that really embraces our legacy but also is looking towards the future." The film’s co-writer Jennifer Lee felt a personal connection to the film itself, adding that the "concept of daring to wish upon a star resonated for all of us."
"Wish" is in theaters now.