First of all, let me just say that Jingle Jangle is my family’s new Christmas classic that we will be watching several times every year! Yes, it’s just that good and we’ve only seen it once so far! It’s going to be a new family Christmas tradition to watch Jingle Jangle every holiday season!
Now keep reading (with no spoilers of course) to see if it deserves all the hype it’s been getting. I KNOW you’ve seen or heard people praising this film and it just dropped on Netflix.
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About Jingle Jangle
From Netflix – 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, and Davy Nathan, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey reminds us of the strength of family and the power of possibility.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Official Trailer
Jingle Jangle Movie Review
Again, NO SPOILERS! This review is basically just my first thoughts after watching.
Where do I even begin? I have so many things to tell you about this movie! I’m so excited because I know families everywhere are really going to enjoy this film! Jingle Jangle captured my attention right at the opening scene.
Seriously! It instantly gave me all those warm and fuzzy feelings you get when you watch a Christmas movie. This movie will make you want to dance, sing, laugh, cry, and root for the Jangles. Yes, you will have so many feelings throughout this movie. This movie is going to bring so much joy to families everywhere!
I’m glad the hubs turned our loft into a movie theater for the kids because we so needed to see this on the big screen. I know the experience in the actual movie theater would’ve been so amazing though! Can you imagine a theater full of us enjoying all this Black family joy on the big screen!? THE ENERGY would be so epic!
ALL BLACK EVERYTHING!
It’s the melanin for me! There is just something about seeing people that look like you when you’re watching or reading something. It’s so important for kids to see that anything is possible if you just believe which is a very big message in this movie! My girls seeing the little Black girl and boy in the magical opening scene of the movie was everything! Representation matters.
Jingle Jangle was made for and by Black people, but of course, everyone can enjoy this movie. Everything in this movie was SO BLACK and I’m here for it! From the music, the dancing, the hair, the costumes, just EVERYTHING. And everything was on point!
First of all, shout out to David E. Talbert for making an amazing musical Christmas movie featuring an amazing cast. The set design, animations, costumes, music, and the whole production was phenomenal. He and everyone involved did that!
I was happy to see well-known actors and actresses like Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, and Keegan-Michael Key just to name a few! With a bomb cast like this, how could this movie be anything other than amazing? I already had high hopes for this movie and I wasn’t disappointed one bit.
Not only is the cast Black excellence, but the characters in the movie are too! The Jangles are one gifted family and it’s a beautiful thing to see.
The movie focuses on STEM and how being intelligent is absolutely magical! Our kids need to see themselves being curious, believing in themselves and being creative, and intelligent. Jingle Jangle shows just that!
Anything Is Possible
Y’all. There is so much Black girl magic all up and through this here film and I love to see it! Madalen Mills is a phenomenal entertainer and we loved seeing her in this movie.
She absolutely slayed her role and I’m sure girls everywhere will love seeing all the girl power she shows. She embraces being different and has so much confidence in herself. It’s a sight to see!
Let’s not forget about the boys, there’s a lot of Black boy joy too! Boys will know that believing in yourself is so important! I love that one of the messages in this movie is that anything is possible if you just believe.
Little girls and boys everywhere will watch this movie and see themselves. It’s so inspiring! I love the story and the messages throughout it. There are so many lessons in it not only for kids, but adults too.
The Jingle Jangle Soundtrack is LIT!
Who’s ready for some good ol’ Christmas music! This movie definitely put me in the Christmas spirit. I’m ready to put my Christmas tree up while listening to the Jingle Jangle soundtrack. Everybody in the cast can sing, but Lisa Divina and Anika Noni Rose can SANG!
How did I forget that Anika can blow like that? I totally forgot about her as Princess Tiana in Disney’s Princess and the Frog and her role in Dreamgirls. Hoooooow!? I don’t know, I’m going to blame it on being totally in awe when she came on the scene and started SANGING! See tweet below. She even responded back. I love her!
My absolute favorite song from the soundtrack has to be Square Root of Possible. It’s a very empowering song and I just love all of the lyrics. I especially love the part where Journey says “Is it possible that the square root of impossible is me”. I need that phrase on a shirt or something!
Now let’s talk about the afrobeats. Yes, there is afrobeats in this musical Christmas movie and I loved every minute of it! Just look at the clip below. You know the soundtrack is fire just from that clip aloooone!
There was a lot of “ayyye” and boppin’ going on in here when that song came on. There is a lot of dancing and singing in the movie which you would expect from a Christmas musical. All of the singers and dancers are amazing!
Take a look at the Jingle Jangle soundtrack below and preview some songs. The whole soundtrack is a vibe, trust me. I should’ve known it would be since there are original songs by John Legend on the soundtrack. I love me some John Legend y’all! You can click the button below to purchase it if you like what you’re hearing like we do!
Jingle Jangle is a Must See Family Christmas Movie
If you haven’t figured it out yet, we think Jingle Jangle is a must see movie you need to see with your fam like RIGHT NOW! What are you waiting for? It’s on Netflix so grab the popcorn and the fam and tune in for a treat.
This movie has everything you’d want to see in a musical Christmas movie. It’s a world full of wonder and wishes. The girls and even the hubs and I were in awe the entire time. Even our 9 month old was into the movie and all of the music had him clapping and smiling.
It’s definitely a classic that will give you all the feels and your kids will want to watch it over and over again. And guess what? You won’t mind at all! You’ll want to watch it over and over again too even without the kids.
It’s such a fun Christmas movie with catchy songs that you won’t mind hearing over again and again. You know kids will wear stuff out, but you’ll enjoy this no matter how many times they want to play a musical scene over again. It’s one of the best Christmas movies we have ever seen. We loved it so much we wouldn’t even be mad at a sequel! Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a Christmas classic PERIOD!
Jingle Jangle Merch
Unfortunately, there aren’t many Jingle Jangle products to purchase just yet, but like you, I hope there is some coming! I’d love to buy the kids some Jingle Jangle toys invented by Jeronicus Jangle or even Journey! I’d also like to have some ornaments inspired by the movie on my tree!