Here we are mid-November and folks have already started blasting their soulfully festive tunes and have put up their flocked and tinsel adorned Christmas trees to drown out the noise and change the crappy narrative of 2020.
20 years in the making and you'll be truly mesmerized by the imaginative story brought to life for Gen Z Kids, their millennial parents, and the generations before them, all thanks to the amazing duo, writer-director David E. Talbert and his partner in life and film production, wife Lyn Talbert.
Growing up, the only musicals with a mainly Black cast that I'd ever been exposed to were 'The Wiz', 'Carmen Jones', and my first Broadway play as a tween was 'Sarafina'. With the pandemic sadly shuttering the doors and turning the lights out on NYC's infamous theater district, our family is definitely among those who greatly miss the dazzling experience of watching elaborate stage performances.
It's certainly no easy feat to be able to bring all of the complex elements of a detailed musical production mixed with CGI animation together to create something so out of the box and as entertaining as 'Jingle Jangle". Originally developed to be a play, the Talbert's felt that the story would be better suited for film, and honestly, it was so well executed I'm hoping that they reconsider their decision and bring it to Broadway someday!
Take a look at the official trailer to see what we mean
Although we were in the comfort of our own living room when we screened this, we were imagining seats in the mezzanine and vibrant, high energy dance numbers worthy of numerous standing ovations. Until then here are all our reasons why Jingle Jangle is going to be Netflix's must stream holiday classic.
An Inclusive and Diverse Cast
A Jam-Packed Story w/ Valuable Lessons
Homage to Black Culture & Iconic Movies
Original Head Boppin' Songs and Trendy Choreography
Visual Effects & CGI Animation
There's no denying that Jingle Jangle is visually stunning to watch and what's even more impressive is that the massive team had to finish up the film while in the midst of a pandemic and on lockdown. We can't even imagine the amount of work that goes into pulling off a production of this caliber, or how they were able to make the toys seem so realistic. Where Don Juan Diego had great comedic timing, Buddy 3000 reminded me of a curious robotic toddler and both were given their own realistic personas that made them really expressive with every movement and facial expression.
What makes Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey so spectacular is that it's a film created to show in an inclusive way that people of color and diverse backgrounds can not only be super intelligent inventors but can also exist in a magical, fantasy world too!
Find your matching jammies for you and the fam, make some frozen hot chocolate, and pile up on the couch to watch pure Black joy unfold starting Friday, November 13th on Netflix.