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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 Paws

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Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Studios present a PG, 92-minute, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, written by Jennifer Lee, Allison Moore and Chris Buck with a release date of November 22, 2023.

Asha (voice of Ariana DeBose) is just about to turn eighteen, the age when King Magnifico (voice of Chris Pine) takes away their one wish to protect within his grasp in castle where he lives with his Queen Amaya (voice of Angelique Cabral). Asha’s grandpa Sabino (voice of Victor Garber) is celebrating his birthday with Asha, her mother Sakina (voice of Natasha Rothwell) and Valentino (voice of Alan Tudyk) her young goat. Asha meets with her friends right before she is going in for an interview with the King to work for him in his castle and of course she is nervous. Yet when she meets with him, she finds out he is not the person he perceives to be. Yes, he is good looking with a wonderful voice but he’s not actually all that nice.

When Asha tells her close friends and tries to tell her family, Sabino gets upset and Asha runs into the woods where she looks into the sky and wishes on a star, the same star that comes to earth to help Asha. While on earth the star has changed many things, for instance, the animals and plants talk. Asha loves her community known as Rosas, her friends and her family and with the help of the star, who is very cute by the way, Asha is determined to make a wrong a right.

I thought the story is nicely written with a number of original songs. The direction of the film was done well as of course is the animation. There is the heroine and the villain throughout the story with a number of helpers and cute animals that keep the film entertaining for both children and adults. The story starts off a bit slow but after about 10 minutes in, it picks up and becomes more intriguing. I thought the voices of all the lead characters were picked well. Matching their looks and personalities but I was a bit disappointed with the voice of Valentino. Personally, I would have gone with something more whimsical than deep and earthy. Overall, it is an enjoyable movie that I’m sure you will love taking the family to see and it’s only 92-minutes which is rare for the length of movies these days.

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