Wish Dragon is an upcoming computer-animated movie starring Jackie Chan, whose company, Sparkle Roll Media, will be a producer and co-investor in the film. Chan will voice characters in the Mandarin release of the film, while John Cho will voice the character in English.[1]

The story is "a genie-in-a-bottle retelling set in contemporary China", based on an original story by Chris Appelhans. Appelhans will also direct the film[2] "The modern-day fairy tale picks up the moral challenges that emerge from the encounter between a boy and a dragon who is able to make wishes come true."[1]

The film is set to be released on November 6, 2020 by Sony Pictures Releasing in China and the United States.[3]


“Wish Dragon” is the story of Din, a 19-yr old college student living in a working-class neighborhood of modern-day Shanghai, who has big dreams but small means. Din’s life changes overnight when he finds an old teapot containing a Wish Dragon named Long – a magical dragon able to grant wishes – and he is given the chance to reconnect with his childhood best friend, Li-Na.


Production information

Wish Dragon is the first movie created by Base Animation, a new animation studio that is part of the VFX firm BaseFX. The goal of the movie and the Base Animation studio is to "make world class animation in China for China… and the world". Director Applehans "wanted the film made in China, with a strong Mainland China creative team, an international cast of talent, and a focus on the hopes and dreams of contemporary China."[1]


  • The third animated film to confirm its MPAA rating before the first trailer after Wonder Park (2019) and Abominable (2019).
  • Sony Animation's 23rd feature film.
  • Sony Animation's tenth fully animated film to not be accompanied by a short film after Open Season (2006), The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012), Hotel Transylvania (2012), The Angry Birds Movie (2016), Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), The Star (2017), Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), and Connected (2020).
  • Not counting live-action/CGI hybrid films, 2020 marks the fourth year where more than one fully animated film from Sony Animation releases in with this film releasing the same year as Connected (2020) after 2012 (being The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) and Hotel Transylvania (2012)), 2017 (being Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), The Emoji Movie (2017), and The Star (2017)), and 2018 (being Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)).
  • Sony Animation's third film to release on November after Arthur Christmas (2011) and The Star (2017), as well as the second with a November release date outside of a Thanksgiving week.
  • The 22nd theatrically released animated film released in the 21st century with a November release date outside of a Thanksgiving week after Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Brother Bear (2003), The Incredibles (2004), The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004), Chicken Little (2005), Flushed Away (2006), Happy Feet (2006), Bee Movie (2007), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Megamind (2010), Happy Feet Two (2011), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Free Birds (2013), Big Hero 6 (2014), The Peanuts Movie (2015), Trolls (2016), The Star (2017), The Grinch (2018), and Arctic Dogs (2019).


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Jackie Chan, China’s BaseFX Making ‘Wish Dragon’ for Sony Animation", Variety, Patrick Frater, April 23, 2018
  2. "Sony Pictures Animation To Release ‘Wish Dragon’", Cartoon Brew, Amid Amidi, April 18, 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Cast list as per April 23, 2018 Variety article
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