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 voices characters in the Mandarin release of the film, while John Cho voices the character in English.[1]The story is a "genie-in-a-bottle" retelling set in contemporary China and is based on an original story by Chris Appelhans, who also directs 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 was released on January 15th, 2021 by Sony Pictures Releasing in China, and is set to be released on Netflix in the United States on June 11th, 2021.

Plot

“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.

Cast

  • John Cho as Long
    • Jackie Chan[3] as Long (Mandarin)
    • Max Charles as Young Long
  • Jimmy Wong[3] as Din
    • Ian Chen as Young Din
  • Natasha Liu Bordizzo[3] as Li Na
  • Constance Wu[3] as Mom
  • Jimmy O. Yang as Small Goon
  • Bobby Lee[3] as Tall Goon
  • Will Yun Lee as Mr. Wong
  • Aaron Yoo
  • Ronny Chieng

Development

In April 2018, Wish Dragon was announced to be the first film produced by Base Animation, a new animation studio that is part of the VFX firm Base FX. Their goal of the film and the Base Animation studio is to "make world class animation in China for China… and the world". Director Chris Appelhans 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. The film also had a set release of July 26, 2019.[1] In June 2019, it was confirmed that the film was delayed to 2020.[2] In October 2020, it was confirmed by Rad Sechrist (who served as head of story on the film) that the film would instead be released in 2021.[3]

Trivia

Gallery

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Trailer

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "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
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Cast list as per April 23, 2018 Variety article
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