Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is another of Netflix’s new Christmas movies, and … its a musical!!

Jeronicus Jangle is the Willy Wonka of toys. He is the world’s greatest inventor! But tragedy strikes. One night, Jeronicus’ ideas are stolen and produced by someone who was once a friend. Unfortunately, his ideas weren’t the only thing Jeronicus lost that night. As days and years pass, Jeronicus slowly loses his creativity, lust for life, and ultimately his family, leaving him a grumpy and lonely old man. That all changes when his granddaughter, Journey, shows up. Her creative, joyful persistence is no match for her cranky old grandfather. Ever so slowly, he begins to rediscover the magic in life.

The cast of Jingle Jangle is stellar! My favorite character by far was Journey; Madalen Mills does a fantastic job capturing Journey’s enthusiasm. Forest Whitaker does an excellent job playing the cantankerous Jeronicus, and Keegan-Michael Key does an excellent job as the villain.

I didn’t realize when I started watching it that Jingle Jangle was a musical. I absolutely love Madalen Mill’s (Journey’s) voice. She sings one song in particular – Square Root of Possible – which is my favorite song in the show. It is sort of the “Let It Go” of the film.

The vibrant colors, stellar cast, and fun music make Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey an interesting movie. While I can’t say I enjoyed it (I thought the story was a little slow), I was blown away by the excellent voices and drawn in by the fun colors and believable cast.

If you are looking for a family friendly Christmas movie, and are tired of the old classics, you might want to check Jingle Jangle out on Netflix.

Christmas on the Square

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square is what I would call a “cringe-worthy” movie. It is one of those movies you want to like but aren’t quite sure if you can. The sheer outrageousness makes you want to laugh and cringe at the same time. That being said, I did get goosebumps at one point in the film, so they must have done something right.

In all honesty, I’d probably watch it again simply because I liked the music. The cast is strong and have excellent voices; there is no doubt they can sing.

So, if you find yourself board of all the traditional holiday favorites and believe yourself strong enough to survive the cheesiness that is Christmas on the Square, you might want to check it out on Netflix.

Aladdin (2019)

I saw this movie when it came out in theaters. Of all the Disney remakes thus far (with the exception of Dumbo which I haven’t seen), I like this one the best. I thought it stayed true to the original story*. Even though they added a solo for Jasmine, it fit the movie well, even if the style didn’t match 100%.

The actor who played Jafar did a good job. My only regret is that he didn’t get his solo. I was looking forward to hearing him sing Jafar’s song.

Overall, I was impressed, and while it is not one that I will buy. I will definitely watch it with my family now that it’s on Disney+.

*The Lion King remake seemed to follow the original movie as well; however, it was not one of my favorites growing up, and I was not as intimately familiar with it as I am Aladdin.

Manifest Destiny: The Lewis & Clark Musical Adventure (found on Amazon)

Manifest DestinyAirplanes meets Monty Python meets Studio C meets The Muppets meets music. 

This completely cheesy, yet amazingly CLEAN, musical adventure has no educational value whatsoever, but if you are in the right mood, it is hilarious!

Surprisingly, the actors all have musical talent and the melody’s are rather catchy.

This movie is going on my favorites list, simply for the sheer stupidity of the movie and the enjoyment that it brought to my sisters and I.