Pinocchio When You Wish Upon A Star

music by Leigh Harline, lyrics by Ned Washington, sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket, song from original soundtrack of Pinocchio (1940) movie.

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Song lyrics

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are.
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.

If your heart is in your dreams
No request is too extreme.
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do.

Fate is kind.
She brings to those who love.
The sweet fulfilment of
Their secret longing.

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through.
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true.

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The song is included in Pinocchio Movie Songs.

Ranked #7 in 2004 by AFI's America's Greatest Music in the Movies.

During the song, when a spotlight is seen on Jiminy Cricket, one is able to see two books to the left of the screen, which are "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan". Walt Disney started developing these two stories for the big screen at the time of this film's release, and they would be released respectively in Alice In Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953).

The song heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film became a major hit and is still identified with the film, and later as the theme song of The Walt Disney Company itself.

When the producers decided to promote Jiminy to the narrator role, using Cliff Edwards' recording made sense as the title theme. In the film, Edwards' performance plays over the titles, and bridges into Jiminy's opening scene.

It won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was also the first Disney song to win an Oscar.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Walt Disney used the song in the opening sequences of all the editions of the Walt Disney anthology television series. It has also been used to accompany the Walt Disney Pictures logos - including the present-day logo - since the 1980s. Additionally, many productions at Disney theme parks, particularly firework shows and parades, employ the song.

All of the ships of the Disney Cruise Line use the first seven notes of the song's melody as their horn signals.

Watch songs from movie original soundtrack