Winter 2023

For 100 years, Disney has created a legacy of making wishes come true, and this November, Walt Disney Animation Studios will release its 62nd feature film Wish. The Winter 2023 issue of Disney twenty-three showcases the gorgeous new musical comedy with original, exclusive images on the front and back covers featuring Asha and her lovable sidekick Valentino, as well as the magical wishing Star, and the formidable King Magnifico. Before the film’s release on November 22, learn more about how the filmmakers paid tribute to Disney’s storytelling legacy, as well as the intricate details behind the creation of the characters, the music, and the kingdom of Rosas. Directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn as well as members of their production team spoke with the magazine for this special cover story.

Walt Disney Animation Studios continues the Disney100 celebration with the new animated short film Once Upon a Studio—now streaming on Disney+—featuring a one-of-a-kind reunion of characters from throughout Disney Animation’s storytelling history. Disney twenty-three goes behind the scenes with directors Dan Abraham and Trent Correy. The Winter issue also highlights interviews with the film preservationists and Disney Animation artists who restore the studios’ classic films—such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Cinderella (1950)—to their original colorful brilliance, the way audiences of that time would have experienced these beloved stories.

Travel higher, further, faster into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel), Iman Vellani (Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel), and director Nia DaCosta, in exclusive interviews revealing the making of the upcoming Marvel Studios feature, The Marvels*, due out November 10. Vellani tells Disney twenty-three that “Marvel has always championed this idea of finding this idealized version of yourself through their characters—a version of yourself that could stop a train with one hand and save the world.” Plus, Marvel comic fans can “assemble” to celebrate two other Super Hero teams with a look back at the unexpected origins of the Avengers and X-Men in honor of their 60th anniversaries.

It’s time to play the music, light the lights, and meet renowned designer and puppeteer Dave Goelz as he shares his 50-year journey with The Muppets. During an extensive one-on-one interview,* Goelz reminisces on highlights from his career bringing classic Muppets characters to life and working with The Muppets founder Jim Henson.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, readers can learn frighteningly fun facts about the poetic origin of the film, the inspiration for Sally, and the process behind creating and preserving the original stop-motion puppets.