Disney, the iconic entertainment company, celebrated its 100th anniversary in grand style. In the heartwarming short film “Once Upon a Studio,” Disney’s animation studio brought to life as 543 beloved Disney characters gathered for a group photo. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, aided by Tinker Bell, took center stage in orchestrating this memorable occasion.
A Magical Gathering
In the 12-minute short film, the characters from the Disney universe, including both heroes and villains, joined forces for an extraordinary group photo. The characters from over 85 Disney films spanning ten decades were united for this special occasion.
The film featured a star-studded cast of voice actors. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, known for voicing Anna and Elsa from “Frozen,” returned to lend their voices to their beloved characters. Other legendary voice actors like Jeremy Irons, who portrayed Scar in “The Lion King,” and Jodi Benson, who gave voice to Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” joined the project. Impressively, 40 other voice actors also participated in this heartwarming reunion.
A Tribute to the Late Robin Williams
One poignant moment in the film the inclusion of the Genie from “Aladdin,” originally voiced by the late Robin Williams. The character brought to life using some of Williams’ original recordings, creating a touching tribute to the beloved actor.
A Nostalgic Homage
As Mickey Mouse navigates the studio’s corridors, he encounters a portrait of Walt Disney himself. In a touching moment, Mickey pays his respects to the man who brought him to life, removes his hat, and utters, “Gotta go, but thanks! On with the show.”
The Magic of Disney’s Legacy
“Once Upon a Studio” captures the essence of Disney’s enchanting legacy. The film culminates in a heartwarming rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the 1940 classic “Pinocchio.” Cinderella’s fairy godmother waves her wand to help Goofy, who had faced a comical mishap, finally set up the camera. All 543 characters are assembled, and a photo of this magical moment is taken.
A Grateful Message
The film concludes with a touching message displayed across the screen: “To all who have imagined with us, laughed with us, and dreamed with us, thank you.” It encapsulates the profound impact Disney has had on generations of fans and the enduring magic that continues to inspire and captivate.
Watch “Once Upon a Studio”
“Once Upon a Studio” is now available for streaming on Disney+. This heartwarming film not only celebrates Disney’s remarkable journey but also brings together beloved characters in a joyful and nostalgic reunion that fans of all ages can enjoy.