Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey comes to Netflix on November 13th and I was able to interview the cast and filmmakers this week!
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a magical tale of wonder coming to Netflix on November 13th. I cannot give you my full thoughts yet as it is still under embargo but trust me, mark your calendars for this one. In order to celebrate this stunning film, I was lucky enough to chat with the filmmakers and some of the cast in an interview.
Participants in the interview:
- Madalen Mills (Journey)
- Kieron Dyer (Edison)
- Lisa Davina Phillip (Ms. Johnston)
- David Talbert (director)
- Lyn Sisson-Talbert (producer)
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Easter Eggs
I absolutely loved talking with everyone involved in this gorgeous film. One of my favorite things was learning about the Easter Eggs and the meaning of certain things on the set of Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.
Probably my favorite part of the interview was learning about all of the Easter Eggs that the Talberts were sure to include in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on Jeronicus’ trunk because he has a sticker from the one and only Wakanda (watch my interview video to get the full details on that one). But that isn’t the only Easter Egg in the movie, all of the names of the buildings have a very special meaning as well.
“All of the names of the buildings are named after African American inventors and innovators. One is Sisson Arms, that’s Lyn’s father who is the first Black optometrist in Las Vegas. You have Tharpe’s Music, that’s Sister Rosetta Tharpe who is considered the Godmother of Rock and Roll. You have A.M. Woods, which is on the corner, that’s my Great Grandmother who was the invention of heart for me and love.” – David Talbert
David goes on to explain many more Easter Eggs, including Edison’s name. So be sure to watch the full interview, you don’t want to miss it (and try not to tear up when he talks about his Great Grandmother, I dare you).
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Fun Facts
One of my favorite things about the interview was learning how loose David was with the script. Apparently he would whisper into the ears of the cast to try new things on the next shots — things that their counterparts did not know were coming. Madalen told us about something she did in a scene with Forest Whitaker and we were all cracking up!
There are so many fun scenes in Jingle Jangle but one of my favorites would have to be the snowball fight scene! Lisa Davina Phillip agrees with me and actually said she secretly wishes she had been in that scene. It seemed like so much fun to be a part of!
David even mentioned that he doesn’t consider this a holiday movie, so much as a movie that takes place during the holidays. I love that because it is so true. This movie is about hope, wonder, and being yourself, and can be (and should be) enjoyed any time of the year.
Be sure to watch the Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey interview video above so that you get lots more behind the scenes and the on the set details! And don’t forget to watch this magical movie filled with wonder on Netflix November 13th!
About Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a wholly fresh and spirited family holiday event. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder.
But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter (newcomer Madalen Mills) – and a long-forgotten invention – to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within.
From the imagination of writer-director David E. Talbert and featuring original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan, and “This Day” performed by Usher and Kiana Ledé, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility.