Disney’s Noelle has quickly become a new Christmas favorite in our house. From the moment I screened this at The Geekly Retreat, I knew it would be a hit with my girls. So far we have watched it on Disney+ 4 times, and I am sure that number will get higher and higher as we approach Christmas. And after my conversation with Producer Suzanne Todd, I love it even more. She let us in on some little known secrets about Noelle — and now I am sharing them with you!
There Are Tons Of Hidden Mickeys
In the very first few moments of Noelle, the camera zooms in on the floor. I immediately noticed that Mickey heads on the rug — I am sure almost everyone did. Noelle is also wearing Mickey Mouse pajamas, and the fireplace has what seems like a hidden Mickey as well. After the movie, Produce Suzanne Todd came out to talk to us a little bit about the movie and she dropped a huge bomb on us. Those weren’t the only hidden Mickeys, oh no. She said that there are tons of them — and she was really proud of all of them.
They Built The Entire North Pole
When you see the North Pole in Noelle, just know that they had the entire thing built. I find this really impressive that none of it was computer generated. There are tons of stores, and details, and knowing that it was all “real” is awesome. I think that it certainly helps with how well the movie came together. I totally want to go visit this place — too bad it probably no longer exists.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for Disney’s Noelle — now streaming on Disney+!
That “Girl Boss” Scene Was A Last Minute Addition
One of my favorite scenes of the movie almost wasn’t in it. After Noelle becomes Santa and successfully completes her first Christmas Eve, we get an update. She is at the North Pole running the show — and I loved every second of that. Producer Suzanne Todd let us in on a little secret — that scene was added in the script last minute.
“We call it the girl boss scene — when she’s in charge of Christmas. We added it after the fact. It wasn’t originally in the script. [It was added because] we wanted that moment that we all crave and strive for. That aspirational moment of ‘I did get this together‘ and ‘I did get the project, right.‘ We all felt like we wanted to celebrate with her character in that moment of ‘I really got this. I’m telling people what to do, and I’m doing things my way and it’s all going well.‘ I was happy that we added that.”
Well I am happy it was added as well. In watching Noelle with my daughters, I think that scene is especially important. So they can see how well Noelle is doing, even after Christmas Eve is over. She can handle her job as Santa — and succeed in it.
Noelle is an upcoming American fantasy adventure Christmas comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is directed and written by Marc Lawrence. The film stars Anna Kendrick as Noelle Kringle, the daughter of Santa Claus. It also stars Bill Hader, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty, and Shirley MacLaine