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"When You Wish Upon a Star" is a song written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney's 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio.[1] The original version was sung by Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards)[1] and is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film.

The song was universally praised upon its release, going on to win an Academy Award for Best Song. With its theme relating to wishes, dreams and magic—all of which are synonymous with the Disney brand—the song has since become the anthem for the Walt Disney Company, most famously playing alongside the logo of Walt Disney Pictures before a film.

The American Film Institute ranked "When You Wish Upon a Star" seventh in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History. In 2009, the song was preserved into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

"When You Wish Upon a Star" has received numerous covers and renditions from popular artists over the decades, some of which include Louis Armstrong, Billy Joel, Idina Menzel and Meaghan Jette Martin.

Lyrics

Male Character (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalizing):
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Chorus (Singing):
Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing
(Vocalizes)

Jiminy Cricket (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalzing):
Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

Jiminy Cricket (Singing)/Chorus (Vocalizing):
When your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme

Chorus (Singing):
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true
(Vocalizes)
You'll find your dreams come true

Jimminy Cricket (Singing):
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Suddenly it comes in view
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

When a star is born
They possess a gift or two
One of them is this
They have the power to make a wish come true

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

When you wish
When you wish

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
And this sweet, fulfillment of
Their secret's longing

Like a bolt out of a blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

When you wish
When you wish (yeah yeah yeah)
When you wish
Wish upon a star (your dreams come true)

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star (when you wish upon a star)

When you wish
When you wish (when you wish)
When you wish
Wish upon a star (your dreams come true)

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
And this sweet, fulfillment of
Their secret's longing

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

When you wish
When you wish

When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish
Wish upon a star (wish upon a star)

When you wish
When you wish
When you wish (when you wish)
Wish upon a star

Other Versions

Performer(s) Title(s) Translations(s) Language
Albanian
ناير ناجي (Nayer Nagui) "اهمس حلمك للنجوم" "Whisper Your Dream to the Stars" Arabic
Aristóteles Pena (1940 version)
Ênio Santos (1961 version)
Brazilian Portuguese
Орлин Горанов
(Orlin Goranov)
"Падне ли звезда в нощта" Bulgarian
Cantonese
Đani Stipaničev Croatian
Josef Štágr "Přej si, přej" Czech
Victor Cornelius (1950 version)
Michael Elo (1978 version)
Bjørn Tidmand (1995 version)
"Når du ser et stjerneskud" "When You See a Shooting Star" Danish
Cruys Voorbergh (1949 version)
Olaf Wijnants (1995 version)
"Als Er Eens een Ster Verschiet" "If Ever Appears a Shooting Star" Dutch
Seppo Mäki Finnish
Jean Lumière (1946 version)
Olivier Constantin (1975 version)
"Quand on prie la bonne étoile" "When We Pray for the Right Star" French
Georg Thomalla German
Γιάννης Φίνας (Giannis Finas) "Σ' ένα αστέρι αν ευχηθείς" "If you wish upon a star" Greek
ישראל גוריון
(Israel Gurion)
Hebrew
László Csákányi (1962 version)
Csaba Jegercsik (2000 version)
"Csillagfény" "Starlight" Hungarian
Sverrir Guðjónsson Icelandic
"Berharap Pada Bintang" "Wish Upon a Star" Indonesian
Ricardo Billi (1947 version)
Bruno Filippini (1963 version)
"Una stella cade" "A Star Falls" Italian
田村しげる (Shigeru Tamura)

"星に願いを" (Hoshi ni Negai o)

"To Wish Upon a Star" Japanese
Korean
Pablo Palitos "La Estrella Azul" "The Blue Star" Latin American Spanish
"Percaya Pada Impianmu" "Believe in Your Dreams" Malay
Mandarin
Øivind Blunck "Når en stjerne faller ned" "When a Star Falls Down" Norwegian
Kazimierz Brusikiewicz "Milion gwiazd na niebie lśni" "A Million Stars Shine in the Sky" Polish
Jorge Alves Portuguese
Ioan Orheian Romanian
Евгений Дятлов
(Evgeni Dyatlov)
Russian
Nathan Görling (1940 version)
Bertil Engh (1995 version)
"När en önskestjärna tänds" (1940 version)
"Ser du stjärnan i det blå" (1995 version)
"When a Wishing Star Lights Up" (1940 version)
"Do You See the Star in the Blue Sky" (1995 version)
Swedish
Thai
Turkish

Trivia

Videos

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 134. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.


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Restaurants: Cleo'sPinocchio Village Haus Restaurant
Shops: Geppetto's Holiday WorkshopPleasure Island CandiesStromboli's Wagon
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Characters
PinocchioJiminy CricketThe Blue FairyGeppettoFigaroCleoHonest John and GideonStromboliThe CoachmanThe Coachman's GoonsLampwickThe Stupid Little BoysMonstro
Locations
VillageGeppetto's WorkshopStromboli's CaravanThe Red Lobster InnPleasure Island
Songs
Pinocchio: When You Wish Upon a StarLittle Wooden HeadGive a Little WhistleHi-Diddle-Dee-DeeI've Got No Strings

Geppetto: ToysEmpty HeartAnd SonJust Because It's MagicBravo, Stromboli!Satisfaction GuaranteedPleasure IslandSince I Gave My Heart Away
Deleted: Jiminy CricketHonest JohnAs I Was Sayin' to the DuchessTurn On the Old Music BoxNo StringsRolling Along to Pleasure IslandThree Cheers for AnythingMonstro the Whale