The Disney Anthem
February 27, 1941, “When You Wish Upon a Star”, written by Leigh Harline and
Ned Washington – from Disney’s Pinocchio, is awarded an Oscar for Best Song at the 13th Academy Awards. It is the first song to earn an Oscar for Best Song.
The original version was sung by Jiminy Cricket ( Cliff Edwards) and is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film. “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 Martin.
In 2009, the song was preserved into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
The song was universally praised upon its release. 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.
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