Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is headed to Netflix! While I can’t say too much about the film just yet, I think it is safe to say that you are going to want to tune in on November 13th to watch it with the family. What I can share is that I did get the chance to sit down and speak with some of its cast, director, and producer. That’s right, we chatted with Madalen Mills (Journey), Kieron Dyer (Edison), Lisa Davina Phillip (Ms. Johnston), David Talbert (director) and Lyn Sisson-Talbert (producer).
As I was watching Jingle Jangle with the family, my husband spotted a Wakanda sticker on Jeronicus’ trunk. After rewinding so that I could see it for myself, I knew I just had to ask David Talbert about that and other Fun Facts he could share about the film. So, I did just that and I am so glad that I did. Not only did I get some fun facts I could share with you all but it gave us a peek at just how personal this film is to him.
You should definitely watch my interview to hear David Talbert become quite emotional talking about the various Easter Eggs and Fun Facts about the film.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Fun Facts
- Check out Jeronicus’ trunk as he opens it because he has a sticker on there showing Wakanda as one of his destinations (I mentioned this before but wanted them to be all in one spot for you).
- Buddy 3000 is really special to David. He made sure it has his son’s name and part of his great grandmother’s address engraved around the eyes.
- All of the names of the buildings within the movie are named after famous African American inventors and innovators. They wanted to also honor those who have not been honored.
- Edison’s last name, Latimer, is the name of Edison’s actual assistant, Luis Latimer, the one who credited with helping Thomas Edison invent the lightbulb.
- Phylicia Rashad’s wig was inspired by Toni Morrison and Lina Horn
- David would whisper scene variations to the cast so that they could try a new scene and capture the natural reaction of other cast members, like when Madalen ended up kissing Forest Whitaker on the cheek multiple times.
- They don’t consider Jingle Jangle as a holiday movie, rather a film that takes place during the holidays
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 whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder.
But when his trusted apprentice steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter – 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.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey comes to Netflix on November 13th!