Director and playwright David E. Talbert may very well be the pre-eminent author of Christmas films. In 2016 he directed Almost Christmas which was followed by The way to Christmas in 2017. On November 13, the director will end his unofficial holiday trilogy with Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey on Netflix.
The musical starring Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Keegan-Michael Key, Anika Noni Rose, Hugh Bonneville, Ricky Martin and newcomer Madalen Mills harks back to old Hollywood times, serving up the musical magic of classic movies. However, it is packed with contemporary appeal with original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence and Davy Nathan. Plus, it’s stacked with a cast that’s mostly black, something we’ve never seen in the holiday music genre.
Located in the town of Cobbleton, Jingle Jangle follows legendary toy maker Jeronicus Jangle (Whitaker) whose inventions are full of imagination. Things take a turn when his trusty apprentice (Key) steals his most precious creation. It is up to his brilliant and inventive granddaughter (Mills) – and a long forgotten invention – to heal old wounds and awaken the magic within. Jingle Jangle it will fill your soul with Christmas cheer.
Talbert stopped by the New Hollywood Podcast to talk about the magic and wonders behind it Jingle Jangle and whether or not he has another Christmas movie in him. Listen to the episode below.