Determined teen Din is longing to reconnect with his childhood best friend when he meets a wish-granting dragon who shows him the magic of possibilities.
- Din (voice): Jimmy Wong
- Long (voice): John Cho
- Mom (voice): Constance Wu
- Lina (voice): Natasha Liu Bordizzo
- Short Goon / Security Guard 2 (voice): Jimmy O. Yang
- Pockets (voice): Aaron Yoo
- Dad (voice): Will Yun Lee
- Tall Goon (voice): Bobby Lee
- Buckley (voice): Nico Santos
- Pipa God (voice): Ronny Chieng
- Young Din (voice): Ian Chen
- Granny Neighbor / Cougar / Party Guest (voice): Sumalee Montano
- Construction Worker / Neighbor (voice): David So
- Security Guard 1 & 3 / School Bully (voice): Gustav Lindquist
- Various characters (voice): Alexandre Chen
- Producer: Aron Warner
- Producer: Jackie Chan
- Producer: Chris Bremble
- Co-Producer: Ken Tsumura
- Writer: David Kendall
- Head of Layout: Kyle Jefferson
- Head of Story: Josh Lieberman
- Writer: Amy Bloom
- Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Lora Hirschberg
- Writer: Jacquelyn Mitchard
- Writer: Chris Appelhans
- Executive Producer: Joe Tam
- Original Music Composer: Philip Klein
- Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Bonnie Wild
- Executive Producer: Howard Chen
- Head of Story: Radford Sechrist
- Writer: Xiaocao Liu
- sank99: To be fair, I didn’t expect much. Having pretty much watched everything on Netflix over the past 18 months, I had spent over 30 minutes scrolling and clicking, seemingly in vain, for something interesting.
So, in an effort to avoid defeat and an early bedtime, I thought that I’d at least give Wish Dragon a try. So glad I did. It turned out to be a heartwarming, well animated, expertly acted gem.
It would be easy to think that this is a simple re-telling of the Arabian Aladdin story but in a Chinese setting, yet it’s so much more than that. Indeed, a little research shows that the Aladdin tale originated in China. Instead, it’s a well woven story of promises lost and refound, the value and endurance of real friendships, the importance (or lack thereof) of monetary riches and the true meaning of success in life.
Animation and other production values are superb and polished, characters are eminently likeable (sometimes quite loveable!) and believably evil in equal parts.
It’s an hour and a half of pure joy. It has a warm, wholesome, fuzzy feeling in the same vein that The Iron Giant once did. Even for a cynical old sci-fi addicted geek like myself.