Imagine the Genie from Aladdin recast as a fluffy pink dragon on the loose in contemporary China. That will give you an idea of what’s going on in Wish Dragon, a new co-production from Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) and a handful of Chinese companies, whose first trailer and poster have quietly dropped.
Watch the trailer and read the official synopsis below:
A tale of discovering the greatest wish of all. The story is a genie-in-a-bottle retelling set in contemporary China … 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.
Fresh from two Oscar wins (for 2018’s feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and 2019’s short Hair Love), SPA is possibly the buzziest animation studio in Hollywood, but this isn’t a conventional SPA title. Writer-director Chris Appelhans, who has worked as a visdev artist on films like Monster House, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Puss in Boots, developed the feature at China’s Base Animation, which also handled the animation. It’s the first release from the studio, which was founded in 2018 as a sister company of vfx vendor Base FX. SPA boarded later in the production. Tencent and Jackie Chan’s Sparkle Roll Media, both based in China, are also co-producing.