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Did You Know Disney Has a ‘Snow White’ Prequel?!

Scared Snow White
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In 1937, Walt Disney and his team of talented animators and storytellers changed the film industry with the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Disney’s legendary animated film is actually the first full-length animated film that audiences could enjoy in movie theaters around the world.

The movie revolves around Snow White, a princess who eats a poisoned apple and falls into a deep sleep so the Evil Queen (her stepmother) can remain in power and the fairest in the land.

snow white holding the poison apple

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It’s been almost 90 years since the original film came out, but it still remains part of the backbone of what makes Disney so successful. Since then, Walt Disney Animation Studios has had some ups and downs, but the studio wanted to honor its 100th anniversary with the release of a special new animated film — Wish (2023).

Wish tells the story of Asha (Ariana DeBose), a young woman who lives in the Kingdom of Rosas, a place where wishes really do come true. King Magnifico (Chris Pine) is a sorcerer, beloved by all, even Asha, until she learns the truth of who he really is. She then makes a wish so powerful, that a wishing star, named Star, comes down to help her save her people and their wishes.

Asha and Star Disney's Wish

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Despite its poor theatrical run, fans seem to really like the new animated film, and it has an 81% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

But did you know that Wish is actually the PREQUEL to Snow White?!

That might sound crazy, but Disney subtly shows it in Wish. Filmmakers were clear that Wish would be full of nods to classic Disney movies, like Snow White, and that can be seen in things like the poison apple in Magnifico’s castle.

Two animated characters are floating inside glowing blue bubbles in a dimly lit setting. The scene includes a witch's cauldron with green liquid, a skull, a lit candle, and various apothecary items in the background. One character looks surprised while the other seems calm, as if making a secret wish like Snow White.

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Related: Some Have Had Enough of Disney’s Wish

However, there are actually a lot more subtle signs, and one image that moves so quickly that, if you blink, you’ll miss it.

Spoiler Alert** At the end of Wish, all the people come together to take down King Magnifico, who has gone crazy with power. So crazy that he is actually destroying wishes so he can gain more power. Through their combined dreams and new wishes, all the wishes are freed, and King Magnifico becomes trapped in his staff.

An animated character wearing a royal robe and crown is being lifted into the air by glowing green magical beams that encircle his wrists, as he struggles with a fearful expression. The dark background, patterned with hexagons, adds to the intensity of his wish for liberation.

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Related: What ‘Wish’ Gets Right

Just before Magnifico is completely trapped, there is a burst of light, and he is shown as the Magic Mirror from Snow White!

TikToker Ivan Mars breaks down that image, as well as every other signal that Disney gave us, throughout Wish to prove that Magnifico is indeed the Magic Mirror.

@its_ivanmars

This is crazy 😱😱😱 #snowwhite #wish #disney #fyp #foryou #screammovie

♬ Movie Detective – Ivan Mars | MovieDetective

How crazy was that video? Disney animators are so great at giving us so many clues but in a gorgeous and quiet way.

During COVID, Disney began releasing its movies on Disney+ not long after they hit theaters. Typically, there was a 45-day theater stretch before a Disney+ premiere.

Wish, however, broke that mold, not hitting Disney+ until 133 days after its theatrical release. When it finally did start streaming, it quickly shot to the top of the charts. In its first five days on Disney+, the animated movie was watched more than 13 million times.

That made Wish the third-most streamed Disney movie, after Encanto (2021) and Frozen II (2019).

What do you think of King Maginifico being the Magic Mirror in Snow White? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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