What was the first Disney song to win the "The Academy Award for Best Original Song"?
"When You Wish Upon a Star" is the signature song written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney's 1940 adaptation of "Pinocchio".
The original version was sung by Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards) and is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film. It is the first Disney song to win an Oscar, earning the "Academy Award for Best Song".
The song was universally praised upon its release. The theme of the song relates to wishes, dreams, and magic, all of which are synonymous with the Disney brand. The song has since become the anthem for the Walt Disney Company, most famously playing alongside the logo of Walt Disney Pictures before a film.
Pinocchio is a fictional character and the protagonist of the children's novel "The Adventures of Pinocchio" (1883) by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. He was created by Geppetto as a wooden puppet but he dreams of becoming a real boy.
The "Academy Award for Best Original Song" is one of the awards given annually to people working in the motion picture industry by the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences" (AMPAS). It is presented to the songwriters who have composed the best original song written specifically for a film. The performers of a song are not credited with the Academy Award unless they contributed either to music, lyrics or both in their own right. The songs that are nominated for this award are performed during the ceremony and before this award is presented.