Disney has released “Welcome to Rosas,” their latest song for the Wish Wednesdays campaign. Following songs like “One Jump Ahead,” “Casa Madrigal,” and “Belle,” “Welcome to Rosas,” sung by Asha (Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose) gives audiences an idea of the size and scope of the kingdom where dreams and reality collide and one can have their wish come true, just as long as you give it to the charming but narcissistic King Magnifico (Chris Pine).
Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy®-winning producer/songwriter/musician Benjamin Rice penned seven original songs for the film. “I would describe the songs as fun, emotional and heartfelt,” said Michaels. “We had to cover a lot of ground for ‘Wish’ lyrically, so a lot of the songs are rhythmically whimsical and intentional.
“‘Welcome to Rosas’ is the first song you hear from the movie,” continued Michaels. “I’ve always loved Disney welcome songs like Frozen [‘For the First Time in Forever’] and Encanto [‘The Family Madrigal’]. It really just sets up where you are and where you’re going.”
The song introduces audiences to the kingdom where wishes really do come true. Asha (voice of DeBose) takes the lead in showcasing the rich world created by Disney Animation’s artists, storytellers, technicians — and a flamenco choreographer who provided reference to animators for the sequence. “As the opening song in the film, ‘Rosas’ is intended to feel like an informative and euphoric tour guide of all the wonderful things the world of Rosas has to offer,” said Rice. “It’s super fun and full of energy and carries the audience into the kingdom of wishes.”
Wish is directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn (in her feature directorial debut), who uses a script penned by Jennifer Lee and Allison Moore. Peter Del Vecho and Juan Pablo Reyes serve as producers. The film, which combines combines computer animation with the look of Disney’s historical watercolor animation, is Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 62nd film, and will celebrate the studio’s 100 year legacy. It will also feature seven original songs written by Michaels and Rice.
Wish also features the voice talents of Alan Tudyk, Angelique Cabral, Victor Garber, Natasha Rothwell, Evan Peters, Harvey Guillén, Ramy Youssef, and Jon Rudnitsky.
Wish opens in theaters on November 22, 2023.
We’ve also included a behind-the-scenes look for your enjoyment.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Wish:
Wish” welcomes 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.