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‘Wish Dragon’ Review: Hong Kong-Set Netflix Movie Makes Up in Attitude What It Lacks in Originality

“Wish Dragon” is well aware that “Aladdin” got there first. Making his spirited feature debut, dream-big animation director Chris Appelhans pretty much assumes you’ll be thinking of Disney’s blue genie when his humble Hong Kong hero rubs a jade teapot and produces a fluorescent flamingo-pink dragon, ready to grant his wildest dreams — or three […]

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‘Wish Dragon’: How to Bring an Animated ‘Aladdin’ Back to China

When visual development artist Chris Appelhans (“Coraline”) realized that “Aladdin” was originally a Chinese folk tale while visiting Shanghai 20 years ago, he had an aha moment about writing and directing an animated genie-in-a-bottle retelling set in modern Shanghai. The result is “Wish Dragon” (streaming Friday on Netflix), an American-Chinese co-production with Sony Pictures Animation, […]

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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in June 2021

Netflix’s June lineup continues to reflect the difficulties of keeping people entertained in the aftermath of a pandemic; the content drought should subside as the summer wears on, but for now subscribers will have to make do with a grab bag of library titles, left-field curiosities, and low-wattage star vehicles that have yet to screen […]

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Netflix Boss Eyes ‘More Opportunities’ to Buy Studio Movies as Theaters Remain Closed

Included in Netflix’s massive 2021 film preview is footage from Chris Appelhans’ animated fantasy movie “Wish Dragon,” featuring the voices of Jackie Chan, Constance Wu, and John Cho. The project was produced for Sony, but now it’s going to be released on Netflix in the new year. It’s hardly the first time Netflix has acquired […]

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