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From Cruella de Vil to Scar, Disney has created many of cinema's most memorable villains — but bombastic baddies have been notably absent from the studio's recent hits.

In movies such as "Frozen 2" and "Raya and the Last Dragon," heroes have battled abstract enemies like mistrust and xenophobia rather than puppy-flaying prima donnas or regicidal uncles, leaving some fans disappointed.

That is about to change with "Wish," an old-school animation out in theaters Wednesday, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Disney with dozens of throwbacks to the studio's earliest films — including their dastardly antagonists.

"We hear what people are saying out there — the fans are like, 'Just give us a villain! A real good old-fashioned villain!'" said director Chris Buck.

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