Are you looking for a Christmas film that is magical and fit for the whole family? Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, created by husband and wife duo David E. Talbert and Lyn Talbert, Christmas flick you have been waiting to see.
This musical adventure is set in the fictional town of Cobbleton where Jeronicus Jangle (Forest Whitaker) is an innovative genius. Jeronicus’ creations are out-of-this-world. The toy maker’s confidence, however, is not as high. Jangle’s courage is tested when his apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized invention and attempts to use it for malevolent reasons. It is up to Jangle’s granddaughter (Madalen Mills) and others to tap into the lost confidence that Jangle has possessed all along and to bring back the toy maker’s invention.
Jingle Jangle is packed with imagery and music that moves the story along. John Legend is one of many who contributed original music to the project. Some may remember David E. Talbert and Lyn Talbert from Almost Christmas (2016), which the power couple created as a way to pay homage to the notion of being home with the family during the holidays.
“[Jingle Jangle is] totally different,” Lyn Talbert says. “This is a world of wishes and wonder with the animation, with the visual effects, with the special effects,” the film creator adds. Almost Christmas is a favorite of ours, but it’s more of a condensed family story. It takes place [with] a lot [of it filmed] in one location at the home. And it’s more about this particular family. And I think you can probably see some correlations as far as love, and family, and trials and tribulations. But this is just on a much bigger scale.”
“It was just very important for us to create an original piece, something new, that could live in the space of holidays. This is everything we’ve ever done infused in one film: doing stage, our theatre background, it’s [a] period piece. What were we thinking to put all of this in one film? But it worked! It worked out, and we’re just so proud of it.”
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is available on Netflix and in select theaters. Stay tuned for more Christmas film suggestions!