In the run-up to the release of the next Walt Disney Animation Studios film, “Wish”, Disney is releasing a new track from the soundtrack every Wednesday until the movie’s release in cinemas for Thanksgiving, as part of its “Wish Wednesday” campaign.
For its second week, Disney has released a new song, “This Is The Thanks I Get?!,” which has been performed by Chris Pine as the nefarious King Magnifico, who is following in the footsteps of classic villain songs like “Poor Unfortunate Souls” (1989’s “Little Mermaid”), “Be Prepared” (1994’s “The Lion King”) and “Mother Knows Best” (2010’s “Tangled”).
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/musician Benjamin Rice penned seven original songs for the film, including “This Is The Thanks I Get?!”—now available on SiriusXM’s Disney Hits Channel 302, YouTube, Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music and all digital service providers.
Check out the new song below:
In the movie, people come from all around the world to give their wishes to Magnifico, a charming and confident King who promises to grant their deepest desires—someday. But the King isn’t entirely altruistic; he alone decides whose wish will be granted, and he relishes the control. “He’s charismatic; he’s handsome—and he knows it—but I think he truly believes their wishes are safest in his hands,” said screenwriter/executive producer Jennifer Lee, chief creative officer for Walt Disney Animation Studios. “So when Asha exposes the flaw in his philosophy, he feels underappreciated and threatened.”
The film’s co-director, Chris Buck, said in a statement about the song’s release:
“The visuals are terrific—he’s the King and he feels like nobody respects him. It’s been a while since we’ve had a good villain song, so Julia and Ben just went for it.”
With fellow co-director Fawn Veerasunthorn adding:
“This Is The Thanks I Get?!” is a good example of how a song can help shape the character. “We’d provide a rough version of the script [to Julia and Ben] and they’d go away for a while and come back with a song. Their songs inspired us. For ‘This Is The Thanks I Get?!’ we knew we wanted Magnifico to be charming and, of course, evil. He’s also funny! In the song, he cracks jokes—he’s narcissistic. But it’s all tongue-in-cheek and he’s still somehow completely likable, which is great for a villain.”
Disney also has previously released a behind-the-scenes video showing Chris Pine singing the new song for the film:
The “Wish” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Walt Disney Records will be available on November 17th 2023 on all streaming platforms, and it will also be released on physical CD and Vinyl.
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