Disney's Wish: Juan Pablo Reyes Talks Disney''s Animated Masterpiece

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In an exclusive interview with Flick Direct, Austin Putnam delves into the creative world of Juan Pablo Reyes, the mastermind behind Disney's latest animated sensation, "Disney's Wish." Reyes discusses the film's unique blend of traditional Disney elements and innovative storytelling, marking the 100th anniversary of Disney Animation. He shares the inspiration behind the film, driven by Disney's core values of hope, joy, and the iconic theme of wishing upon a star, crafting a love letter to Disney's legacy.

Reyes elaborates on the artistic and technical challenges in merging classic Disney fairy tale aesthetics with modern CGI, creating a stunning visual homage to Disney's first animated features like Snow White and Pinocchio. He talks about the iterative process of animation, where the movie was crafted multiple times to perfection, and the thoughtful incorporation of Disney references and elements, ensuring they enhance the storytelling. This interview offers a fascinating glimpse into the creative process behind a movie that is both a tribute to Disney's past and a step into its future.

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00:00:00 - Interview with Juan Pablo Reyes - Disney's Wish
00:00:25 - A Disney Fan's Dream Come True
00:00:53 - Disney's 100 Years of Animation Plan
00:01:18 - Creating a Love Letter to Disney
00:01:34 - Wishing on Stars and Disney's Legacy
00:02:01 - The Stunning Animation of the Movie
00:02:28 - The Crossover of Animation Styles
00:03:01 - Evoking the Feeling and Pushing Forward
00:03:31 - Disney References and Enhancing Storytelling
00:03:57 - Disney References in the Making


Walt Disney Animation Studios' “Wish” is an all-new musical-comedy welcoming audiences to the magical kingdom of Rosas, where Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force—a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe—the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico—to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen. Featuring the voices of Academy Award®-winning actor Ariana DeBose as Asha, Chris Pine as Magnifico, and Alan Tudyk as Asha's favorite goat, Valentino, the film is helmed by Oscar®-winning director Chris Buck (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (“Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) and Juan Pablo Reyes Lancaster Jones (“Encanto”). With a screenplay by Jennifer Lee (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) and Allison Moore (“Night Sky,” “Manhunt”), original songs by Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/musician Benjamin Rice, plus original score by composer Dave Metzger, 

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