“Wish”: the Disney film led by Latin talent

“Wish”: the Disney film led by Latin talent

“Wish” the new disney movie in which wishes can come true, is based on the cultures of the Mediterranean and comes within the framework of 100th anniversary of the studio.

It has a “proudly” Mexican co-producer, Juan Pablo Reyes Lancaster-Jones. The filmmaker was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, where he lived until 2013. He studied industrial engineering, but he was always attracted to cinema and specifically animation. “Sleeping Beauty” and “Beauty and the Beast” They are some of his favorites.

“There was a moment when I decided to take that desire and dust it off and I came here to do a master’s degree in film production in Los Angeles,” he said in an interview via video call from Burbank, California. Regarding his last name, he said that his maternal family is of English origin, but they have been in Guadalajara for several generations. “My two parents and my four grandparents are Mexican,” she noted.

After this master’s degree, the filmmaker dedicated himself to hard work until he achieved his goal, getting involved in the production of films such as “Strange Worldy”, “Charm”as well as series like “Niko and the Sword of Light” and “Little Big Awesome.”

But being an engineer does not leave him aside. “I don’t regret what I’ve experienced. All things, although sometimes they seem unconventional, lead you to who you are,” he noted. “An industrial engineer, at the end of the day, the motto is to do more with less and it is very creative because you have to find different ways to achieve things,” he added.

In the team of “Wish,” which debuts in the United States and Latin America next week, there are also producers like Peter Del Vecho who worked on “Frozen” and “Frozen 2.” The film is directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn from “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Like all these films, it takes us to a fantastic kingdom called Rosas where there is a small ball of unlimited energy called Star.

“What we did was look at Disney’s DNA and these ideas like wishes, the wishing star, but also that it was a fairy tale… It felt like the right thing to do and that even influenced the aesthetics of the film.” said Juan Pablo, who pointed out that they were inspired by the first Walt Disney Animation Studios films, such as “Snow White” and “Pinocchio”, to take their watercolor backgrounds.

“We take the legacy, but push it into the future”said.

“Wish” also has a Latin flavor. Rosas is inspired by the cultures of the Iberian Peninsula near the Mediterranean and there wishes come true, which is why people from all over the world come to it. Rosas is the home of Asha, played by Oscar-winning Puerto Rican actress Ariana DeBose in the English cast.

“She is someone with whom we can see ourselves reflected, she is very authentic, she has a lot of energy, she has passion and she is not afraid to go on an adventure to get what she wants”, Juan Pablo described the character. “And Ariana, from the moment we met her, had a lot of this.”

DeBose was taken as model to create Asha since production started and part of his personality was reflected in the character. To her Valentino accompanies her, a goat in pajamas, whose English voice is performed by Alan Tudyk.

“He is a very special character too”said Juan Pablo. “At the beginning of the movie he doesn’t speak, but with the power of the Star he can speak and he has this unexpected voice and I think it’s going to be a lot of laughter, but it’s also going to be a lot of tenderness.”

Ahsa discovers that there is an injustice and someone with bad intentions is choosing the wishes that will be fulfilled in Rosas, so she begins an adventure to try to save her kingdom.

The film features songs composed by Julia Michaels, who has created songs for artists such as Dua Lipa, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. Julia, whose real name is Julia Carin Cavazos, also has Latin American roots; Her father is an actor of Puerto Rican origin.

“Something very special about Julia is that she is very eclectic in her sounds; “We are super proud of the soundtrack of this movie, each song is different,” said the producer. “There are some songs out there that are inspired by the (geographical) location of the film, but there are other songs with unexpected sounds.”

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