Thursday, May 23, 2024

Disney May “Wish” This Movie Never Happened: New Animated Release Now Ranked 58 Out of 71


Disney is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week by releasing “Wish,” a new animated film.

So far the reviews are dismal. “Wish” has a 53 on Rotten Tomatoes, which has ranked all 71 animated Disney films. “Wish” is tied for number 58. It’s the lowest rated Disney film of at least the last 20 years.

“Wish” stars Chris Pine (who’s not having a good year — his directorial debut met with rotten tomatoes galore at film festivals) and Oscar winner Ariana deBose. Disney was counting on two songs from “Wish” getting Oscar nominations, which might be hard if the movie is a bust.

Variety wrote: “The strategy behind “Wish” seems to be: If we do an homage to enchantment, the audience will be enchanted. True magic, however, can’t be recycled.”

Disney may wish “Wish” never happened if Wednesday night receipts reflect these reviews. It doesn’t help for any of the Wednesday movies this week that really bad weather is coming for most of the country. Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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