WISH is an animated musical fantasy from Disney. King Magnifico established Rosas, a peaceful kingdom on a beautiful island in the Mediterranean. People come from all over to live in Rosas, where the King promises them peace and happiness, but only if they give him their greatest wish. He promises to grant them their wish, when he decides they deserve it. Asha, a 17-year-old girl, learns that King Magnifico will never grant most wishes. So, she wishes upon a star, and the star helps her oppose the evil King Magnifico and his unjust rule.
WISH is a spirited, often funny and charming, allegorical fantasy. It has lots of jeopardy, good music and a strong warning about giving too much power to leaders. However, it has a Romantic worldview saying people are basically good. WISH also promotes having personal wishes without consulting God. That said, the movie promotes family, justice, truth, liberty against tyranny, and making the world a better place. Finally, although the heroine in WISH searches for guidance among the stars, the movie shows that using magic to control people is evil.
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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong Romantic worldview stresses personal wishes and dreams and says at one point that people are basically good, but this last notion is undercut by two people who have selfish wishes, but one of the two characters repents and apologizes and the teenage heroine loves her family, respects her elderly grandfather, honors her mother and father, makes a reference to the idea that the truth is supposed to set you free, supports justice, and stands up against a selfish, deceitful king who manipulates his subjects, keeps them ignorant and downtrodden, and breaks promises, plus the movie has some wishful thinking and ideas about wishing on the stars. but contains strong warnings about using magic, especially turning to dark magic, though these warnings are perhaps slightly ambiguous
No obscenities or profanities, one light “butt” vulgarity
Light violence with some strong jeopardy such as villain comes after people, villain riding a horse comes after people in the woods, king uses magic to start destroying wishes, and slapstick comedy such as magic makes a chicken grow in size and a large egg mows a person down
No alcohol use
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
The evil King is deceitful and manipulative and ultimately just seeks power, but he is rebuked and overcome.
WISH is an animated musical fantasy from Disney about a young woman in a magical kingdom in the Mediterranean who opposes an evil deceitful king who keeps his subjects downtrodden by taking their wishes, reluctantly giving them back in an occasional ceremony and then outright refusing to return them when he realizes how powerful the wishes are. WISH is a spirited, often funny and charming, allegorical fantasy with lots of jeopardy, some good music and a strong warning about giving too much power to leaders, but it has a Romantic worldview saying people are basically good and promoting personal dreams and wishes.
A prologue tells how King Magnifico established Rosas, a peaceful kingdom on a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea. People come from all over to live in Rosas, where the King promises them peace and happiness if they surrender their biggest dream, or wish, to him. Once they do, they forget all about their specific wish. That way, King Magnifico tells them, they don’t have to worry about fulfilling their wish anymore and let the King decide when to grant them their wish.
Cut to 17-year-old Asha. She’s excited about going to do an interview with the King to become his apprentice. Every month, the King grants a wish to one of his subjects. During the interview, Asha wants to remind the King that her grandfather is turning 100-years-old today and deserves to be the one who gets his wish back during the monthly ceremony.
However, Asha learns that the King has decided never to return a wish that’s too big, too ambitious or too threatening to him in any way. In fact, he tells her that most of the people will never have their wishes granted. When they look up her grandfather’s wish in the secret vault where the King keeps the wishes, they discover her grandfather’s wish is to inspire the people with his music. Magnifico tells Asha that he’ll never return such a powerful ambiguous wish, because, what if her grandfather’s music will inspire the people to revolt?
That night, Asha she goes to the hill where she and her father would look up at the stars in wonder and make wishes. She starts singing a song where she makes a wish that everyone in the kingdom can have something better than what the King has given them. A little joyous star comes down and shines its light through the island and the woods. Using its stardust, it even enables the animals to speak, including Asha’s pet goat, Valentino.
The next day, Asha tries to hide Star from her friends, but he’s hard to control. For example, Star and Valentino organize all the chickens into a large choir.
Meanwhile, King Magnifico suspects there’s a traitor in Rosas threatening his power. Sure enough, Asha convinces her friends to help her distract the King and sneak into his inner sanctum to retrieve her mother and her grandfather’s wishes.
WISH is a spirited, often funny and charming, allegorical fantasy. It also has lots of jeopardy, some good music and a strong warning about giving too much power to leaders. However, it has a Romantic worldview saying people are basically good. WISH also promotes having personal dreams and wishes without consulting God. That said, the movie promotes family, justice, truth, liberty against tyranny, and making the world a better place. In addition, although the heroine in WISH searches for guidance among the stars, the movie shows that using magic to control people is evil.
Finally, in one scene, the movie says that people are made of stardust. That is scientifically true, because all the stars and planets in the universe, and all life, including human life, are created from the elements unleashed by exploding stars. The very dust of Earth is made up of that “stardust” containing all the elements in the universe. Thus, when the Bible says God made human beings from dust, and, when they die, human beings will return to dust, our bodies are coming from stardust and, eventually, returning to stardust. The Good News is that God will eventually raise up our bodies on Judgment Day, and the servants of God will serve Him and “reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:5).
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