“Wish” With Ramy Youssef Is Breaking Records Ahead of Its Release

"Wish" is an upcoming Disney animation set in the Kingdom of Rosas. It follows 17-year-old Asha, who senses a darkness in her kingdom and makes a wish to the stars for help. A star named Star falls from the sky and answers her wish. Together, they must confront the rising evil in Rosas.

“Wish” With Ramy Youssef Is Breaking Records Ahead of Its Release
“Wish” combines 2D and 3D animation, showcasing Disney's classic and modern styles.

Disney's upcoming film "Wish" (2023) has broken records as its trailer became the studio's most-viewed since "Frozen II" (2019). With 66.5 million views, it surpassed its own teaser trailer by nearly 20 million views and became the most-viewed Disney trailer on TikTok. The film celebrates Disney Animation's 100th anniversary, harking back to its first feature, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937).

"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.” The film features a whole fleet of other talented voice actors. 

Notably, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Disney studio, which is bringing extra attention to ”Wish.” The film itself was inspired by Disney's centennial and is expected to tie together a major theme across most Disney films — of wishes becoming reality. The film was originally intended to be fully traditional-animated, but it was later decided to be a blend of 2D and computer-animation when 2D animation had too many limitations in terms of camera movements and characterization. The focus on 2D animation in the project is a return to form that many Disney fans of all ages are excited about.

“Wish” hits U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, and will likely come to Disney+ in 2024.