The latest Disney movie, Wish is a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Disney. In honor of this anniversary, the movie is crammed full of references to some of the earlier Disney movies. Viewers will have a great time trying to spot them all, but here are some of our favorites.
The Seven Dwarfs
One of the first references we get is meeting Asha's friend group early in the movie and realizing that there just happen to be seven of them. One of them is always grumpy, one seems a little dopey and the rest of the seven dwarfs are represented as well in Asha's friend group.
The Fairy Godmother
As for Asha herself, several moments during the movie the character references the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella. The blue hooded cloak that she wears in the forest is a reference to the Fairy Godmother's costume, and Asha is literally called the city's fairy godmother at the end of the movie.
When King Magnifico is destroying wishes in order to gain more power, he says that one wish is from a person wishing for a perfect nanny for their children. Then as he destroys the wish he exclaims that he's "popping" this one. Other destroyed wishes in that scene make reference to Peter Pan ("How about Neverland?") and The Little Mermaid ("So much for true love.")
Peter Pan and Wendy
If the earlier reference to Peter Pan wasn't enough for you, at the end of the movie, the Queen introduces a woman who wishes to fly to a man who wants to build a flying machine. The man is named Peter, and he's dressed in a very familiar-looking green outfit complete with a red feather. If that's not enough the woman who wished to fly is wearing Wendy's blue color in that scene.
Bambi and John
A few of the talking animals throughout the movie are called by their name. The most obvious one is a deer who is referred to as Bambi when the other animals speak to him. But another one is the bear named John, a reference to Little John from Disney's Robin Hood.
The Magic Mirror
King Magnifico makes several references to his good looks and how much he enjoys looking at himself in the mirror throughout the movie. So it's fitting at the end of the movie that he's trapped in a mirror, just like the entity in the Evil Queen's magic mirror in Snow White. If you look closely, you can even see something resembling the design of that floating face flash for a moment while King Magnifico is performing magic at one point in the movie.
At the end of the movie Valentino wishes for a world where all mammals are equal and also they all wear clothes. That sounds just like the setting for Zootopia, which this line is most likely a reference to.
If you say through the end credits you're treated to another Disney reference. A final scene after the credits features Sabido, whose wish was to inspire people with his music, coming up with a tune that any Disney fan will recognize as "When You Wish Upon A Star," suggesting that he was certainly able to make his wish come true.
Almost every single movie
Of course, if you stayed through the credits then you saw the most obvious reference of them all. As the credits play, the audience is treated to constellations in the shape of characters from almost every Disney movie, starting with Snow White and going all the way up through last year's Strange World. Not all the Disney Animation movies are there. Some of the package films are missing, and The Black Cauldron was skipped over along with a few others, but it's a nice journey through the past 100 years of Disney films.
Is that all of them? No, not even close. The filmmakers have stated that they've crammed as many Disney references as possible into the movie. We'll be discovering new ones for years to come as people are able to rewatch the movie on DVD and Disney+ and break everything down frame by frame to find every single one.