What Disney Movie Is Wish Upon a Star In?

Have you ever heard the phrase “when you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are”? If you’re a Disney fan, then you probably know that it’s from one of their classic movies.

But which one? In this article, we’ll be exploring the answer to the question – What Disney movie is “Wish Upon a Star” in?

The Origin of “When You Wish Upon a Star”

Before we dive into the movie that made this song famous, let’s talk about where it came from. “When You Wish Upon a Star” was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for the 1940 Disney movie Pinocchio. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and has since become synonymous with Disney.

What is “Wish Upon a Star”?

Now that we know where the famous phrase comes from, let’s talk about “Wish Upon a Star”. This is actually not a Disney movie but rather a made-for-television film produced by Disney Channel in 1996.

The movie follows the story of Alexia Wheaton, played by Katherine Heigl, who is jealous of her popular younger sister Hayley. One night she wishes upon a shooting star to switch lives with Hayley and wakes up to find her wish has come true. However, living Hayley’s life isn’t as easy as Alexia thought it would be.

The Connection to Pinocchio

While “Wish Upon a Star” isn’t technically a Disney movie, it does have a connection to Pinocchio beyond just using the famous song in its title. The main character Alexia Wheaton is shown watching Pinocchio on TV at one point in the film. Additionally, Katherine Heigl who plays Alexia later went on to voice the character of Andie in The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, which features the song “When You Wish Upon a Star” in its soundtrack.


In conclusion, “When You Wish Upon a Star” was originally written for Pinocchio and has become an iconic song associated with Disney. “Wish Upon a Star”, while not a Disney movie, does have a connection to Pinocchio through its use of the famous song and the fact that one of its stars later went on to voice a character in another movie that used the song.