Wish: Trailer Talk
‘Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse’, ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ and ‘Nimona’ all show that animation doesn’t just have to be the standard CGI visual style that moviegoers are used to seeing. Animation styles can vary, and the films mentioned are wonderful examples of this. But they were also successful, so Disney have decided to adopt a new animation style for their upcoming film ‘Wish’.
‘Wish’ is set in the city of Rosas, where the King (Chris Pine – Star Trek, Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves) has the ability to grant his citizens’ wishes. But when his daughter Asha (Ariana DeBose – West Side Story, Hamilton) finds out that not every wish is granted, she decides to make her own wish upon a star. With it coming true, the King’s ability is now threatened.
While the film looks to have the familiar Disney magic, there is a few issues with it just from what is seen in the trailer. Firstly, the animation; while the film has gone for a different visual style, Disney hasn’t truly considered the amount of work that goes into the previously mentioned animations. Unfortunately, this means that the animation looks unfinished and appears to have an absence of lighting and shadows within a lot of the shots.
The story also seems very confusing; the threat to the King is created by Asha, yet he appears to be in the right. It makes sense that he chooses which wishes to grant to better the city and its people, and it’s concerning that Asha doesn’t like that. I’m hoping that, by the end of the film, Asha learns this but it’s not clear where the message will go so far.
Overall, Disney’s ‘Wish’ looks to be a confusing mess. While the character designs are pretty, the animation itself is not good and looks unfinished. Plus, the trailer makes the King look like the villain, yet gives him a good argument as to what he’s doing and why. I hope ‘Wish’ has a good coherent story but, so far, I’m not seeing it.
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