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Encyclopedia > When You Wish Upon a Star

"When You Wish upon a Star" is a popular song written by Ned Washington and Leigh Harline and introduced in the 1940 Walt Disney movie Pinocchio, where it is sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket, over the opening credits and again in the final scene of the film. Ned Washington (15 August 1901 - 20 December 1976) was an American lyric writer. ... Leigh Harline (March 26, 1907 - December 10, 1969) was an award-winning film composer. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Cliff Edwards (14 June 1895 – 17 July 1971), also known as Ukelele Ike, was an American singer and musician who enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1920s and early 1930s, and also did voices for animated cartoons later in his career. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Opening credits, in a television program, motion picture or videogame, are shown at the beginning of a show and list the most important members of the production. ...

The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year, and became a theme song for the Disney company, used in the opening sequences of Disney anthology television series and in Walt Disney Pictures' opening logos. The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... The first incarnation of the Disney anthology television series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

The American Film Institute ranked it seventh in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History, the highest ranked Disney song. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ...

In Sweden, Norway and Denmark, the song has become a Christmas song, often referring to the Star of Bethlehem. The Swedish language version is called Ser du stjärnan i det blå, roughly translated: "do you see the star in the blue(sky)", and the Danish title is "Når du ser et stjerneskud", which roughly translates as "When you see a falling star". The 1995 re-release album cover of White Christmas A Christmas song is a song which is normally sung during the Christmas period, and usually has lyrical content addressing the holiday, the winter season, or both. ... Adoration of the Magi by Florentine painter Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337). ... Swedish ( ) is a North Germanic language (also called Scandinavian languages) spoken predominantly in Sweden and in parts of Finland, especially along the coast and on the Ã…land islands, by more than nine million people. ...

This song was also covered by Gene Simmons on his Kiss solo album Gene Simmons (album) Gene Simmons (born August 25, 1949) is an Israeli-American hard rock bass guitarist and vocalist for the rock band Kiss. ... Gene Simmons is a 1978 solo album from the bass player of American hard rock band KISS. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of KISS on September 18, 1978. ...

See also

Preceded by
"Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz
Academy Award for Best Original Song
Succeeded by
"The Last Time That I Saw Paris" from Lady Be Good

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