How Disney’s Wish Celebrates The Walt Disney Company’s 100-Year History

by | Feb 5, 2024 | Disney Movies

We’re sharing Disney’s Wish movie easter eggs, as well as a look at how the animation was inspired by the Walt Disney Company’s 100-year history.

To commemorate their 100-year anniversary, the Walt Disney Company did a number of things to acknowledge this important milestone, one of them being their animated film Wish. Wish is Disney Animation’s 62nd film and it celebrates not only Disney’s centennial anniversary, but it also honors the company’s animation history. Let’s take a closer look at how Disney’s historic legacy was used to create this movie, as well as discuss some of the many Disney Wish movie Easter eggs embedded throughout that pay tribute to their animated past. 

Drawing on History for Inspiration

Wish is a celebration of Disney’s animation history. Using their rich legacy, creators studied the studio’s sixty-one animated films that came before as sources of inspiration for their work on WishWhen it came to the plot, the entire movie revolves around the company’s timeless theme of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” a common motif within many Disney films. Additionally, the film takes place chronologically before any other animated features, positioning it as Disney’s first fairy tale.

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While the kingdom of Rosas is a fictional place, its creation was grounded in historical research. In the film, Rosas becomes a gathering place for people worldwide, and so creators drew inspiration from the Mediterranean region, specifically the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa, because these were places where many cultures would have connected during the time period Wish is set in.

Animation Styles New and Old

The film’s animation style was also influenced by Disney’s history. Creators developed a new style of animation that combined both traditional hand-drawn animation with CG. To enhance the film’s aesthetic, film creators intentionally aged the artwork of the film by using what is called patina, which gives the appearance of aged varnish, giving it a more overall historic look. 

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The animation styles and techniques used from earlier Disney films were also analyzed and used as inspiration. For instance, the forest scenes in Sleeping Beauty were used as a reference to create greenery in Wish. By also applying a hand-painted watercolor look to the animation, this pays homage to past films’ animation styles, such as what was used for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney’s Wish Movie Easter Eggs

As a way to recognize and celebrate Disney films of the past, film creators embedded the Wish movie with Easter egg as a nod to their films throughout the decades.

WIsh Movie Easter Eggs to Watch For

Here are just some of many:

  • Star: This character is a reference to all the magical stars we have seen in earlier films, like Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and The Princess and the Frog.
  • The Wishing Tree: This tree resembles the tree that Walt Disney spent hours under during his childhood in Marceline, Missouri. He referred to this tree as the “Dreaming Tree.”  
  • The Objects on Magnifico’s Desk Coming to Life: A play on “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” in Fantasia.
  • When Magnifico Resorts to Using Dark Magic: The spell book acknowledges the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the dragon on the front cover pays homage to Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
  • The Hamlet: The Hamlet where Asha lives emulates the forest and the cottage in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Wishing Well: Another nod to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Spinning Wheel: Asha’s mother is a weaver, and so we see a spinning wheel inside their home, which bears a likeness to the one in Sleeping Beauty.
  • Asha’s Cloak: At one point in the film, Asha wears a very familiar-looking cloak, which looks identical to the fairy godmother’s blue and pink one she wears in Cinderella.
  • Asha’s Seven Friends: Each friend’s clothing is color-blocked to resemble each of the seven dwarfs. 

Wish has achieved what it originally set out to do and more. The film not only takes viewers on a nostalgic journey that commemorates the company’s remarkable 100-year history, but it also embraces their present and future commitment to storytelling. Explore its rich historical connections and relive the magic of Disney’s animated history yourself when Wish makes its debut on Disney+ later this month. 

Posts by Amanda Pemberton

Amanda is a librarian and contributing writer for WDW Magazine. She loves research, writing and all things Disney, and she especially loves when she can combine all three of these passions together. You can follow Amanda on Instagram @amandakpemberton.

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Amanda Pemberton

Amanda is a librarian and contributing writer for WDW Magazine. She loves research, writing and all things Disney, and she especially loves when she can combine all three of these passions together. You can follow Amanda on Instagram @amandakpemberton.
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