A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"
from the film Cinderella
Written byMack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Published1950
LanguageEnglish
Original artistIlene Woods
 
  (Redirected from A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes)
Jump to: navigation, search
"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"
from the film Cinderella
Written byMack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Published1950
LanguageEnglish
Original artistIlene Woods

"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" is a song written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston for the Walt Disney film Cinderella (1950). In the song Cinderella (as sung by Ilene Woods)[1] encourages her animal friends to never stop dreaming, and that theme continues throughout the entire story. The theme of the song was taken from Franz Liszt's Etude No. 9 "Ricordanza" of the Transcendental Etudes.

"Dreams" as a recurring Disney theme[edit]

Thematically, the lyrics recall the sentiments expressed in "When You Wish upon a Star" from Pinocchio (1940). In equating a dream with a wish, the song establishes that Cinderella is using the word "dream" in the metaphorical sense of desires that can, as the lyric promises, "come true." "When You Wish upon a Star" makes this same promise, as does other Disney material, such as the fireworks show Remember... Dreams Come True and related promotions.[2] The literal meaning of the word, as something that happens "when you're fast asleep", reappears in another Disney song, "Once Upon a Dream" from Sleeping Beauty (1959).

Recordings[edit]

The original version appears on a CD of the original soundtrack, as well as several compilations. Ilene Woods with Harold Mooney and his Orchestra recorded the song in Hollywood on October 26, 1949. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 31-0014B (in USA) and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog numbers B 9971, SG 272, HM 2753, JK 2679, SAB 7 and EA 3914.

It has also been recorded by a number of other artists, including Daniel Bedingfield who sang a swing version, Nikki Blonsky, Michael Bolton, Ashley Brown, Perry Como, Hilary Duff, Eden Espinosa, Kimberley Locke, Johnny Mathis, Cher, Bette Midler, Linda Ronstadt and Tomiko Van. One studio compilation, Cinderella: Songs from the Classic Fairy Tale (1998) places the song in context with other musical treatments of the Cinderella story, including songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sergey Prokofiev, Stephen Sondheim and the Sherman Brothers.

Perry Como with Mitchell Ayres' and His Orchestra recorded it in New York City on October 3, 1949. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-3607A (in USA)[3] and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog numbers B 9961, HM 2730, SAB 8 and IP 615.

The song has also been used as part of the opening titles of several iterations of the Walt Disney anthology television series, notably in the medley for The Wonderful World of Disney (1969–1979) and in The Magical World of Disney (1988).

Brian Wilson covered it as a bonus track on his album In the Key of Disney, which was released on October 25, 2011.

In the French version of the film, the song was titled Un rêve est un souhait qui vient de ton cœur (Literally, "A dream is a wish that comes from your heart").

Suburban Legends included it as the first track of their 2013 release, Dreams Aren't Real, But These Songs Are, Vol. 1 EP.

Other media[edit]

Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello's 1994 autobiography is named after this song from Cinderella. The full title of the book, which was co-written by Patricia Romanowski, is A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story (ISBN 0-7868-8092-9). An abridged version of the book on audio cassette was released the same year. A made-for-TV movie based on the book, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story, was made in 1995.

Disney Cruise Line[edit]

The song is heard on board the Disney Dream in various shows and as the ships horn.[4]

Circle of Stars version[edit]

"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"
Single by Disney Channel Circle of Stars
from the album DisneyMania 4 and Cinderella: Special Edition Soundtrack
ReleasedNovember 21, 2005
FormatDigital download, CD single
Recorded2005
GenreDance-pop, R&B
Length3:45 (Single version)
3:39 (Radio edit)
LabelWalt Disney Records
Disney Channel Circle of Stars singles chronology
"Circle of Life"
(2003)
"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"
(2005)

The song was re-recorded by the Disney Channel Circle of Stars, a group of actors and actresses who have appeared in Disney Channel television series and original movies. The line-up was significantly different from that of their re-recording of "Circle of Life" in 2003. It shot #1 on Disney's singles chart, along with topping several charts around the world. This version has been used to launch the inflight music aboard international flights via Cebu Pacific airlines, starting in December 2010.

Performers[edit]

StarDisney Appearances
Raven-SymonéThat's So Raven, The Cheetah Girls, The Cheetah Girls 2, Kim Possible, & Tinker Bell
Amy BrucknerPhil of the Future & American Dragon: Jake Long
Alyson MichalkaPhil of the Future, Cow Belles & Now You See It...
Kyla PrattThe Proud Family & The Proud Family Movie
Brenda SongThe Ultimate Christmas Present, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Stuck In The Suburbs, Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, The Suite Life On Deck & The Suite Life Movie
Cole SprouseThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life On Deck & The Suite Life Movie
Dylan SprouseThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life On Deck & The Suite Life Movie
Orlando BrownThat's So Raven, The Proud Family, and Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off
Ashley TisdaleThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Kim Possible, High School Musical , High School Musical 2, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure & Phineas and Ferb
Ricky UllmanPhil of the Future & Pixel Perfect
Anneliese van der PolThat's So Raven

Track listing[edit]

Digital track listing
  1. "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (Single Version) – 3:55
  2. "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (Christmas Version) – 3:45

Official versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sherman, Robert et al. (2005). From Rags to Riches: The Making of Cinderella (DVD extra). Disney. 
  2. ^ "Disney Parks: Where Dreams Come True". 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  3. ^ RCA Victor in the 20-3500 to 30-3999 series
  4. ^ "Disney Dream Float Out". YouTube. 2010-10-30. Retrieved 2012-02-14.