“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” lights up Netflix and our hearts



Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is set in the festive town of Cobbleton, where a once highly esteemed toy maker named Jeronicus Jangle has been betrayed by his seemingly loyal apprentice. Now it’s up to his estranged granddaughter, Journey, to turn his frown upside down and get his Christmas spirit back.

Adam Nowlin, Staff Writer

WARNING: This contains minor spoilers from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.

The words “bright” and “cheerful” aren’t even close enough to describe the joyful feeling while watching Netflix’s Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.

The magical, musical film from the mind of director David E. Talbert provides the audience, both big and small, with a journey to a world of fantasy and imagination.

Bolstering an impressive 92% from Rotten Tomatoes, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Movie offers a cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Keegan-Michael Key, and vocals from Usher, John Legend, and many more. Talbert transports you into the cozy town of Cobbleton and uplifts you with the power of magic, music, and love.

As the story begins, toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Forest Whitaker) is filled with glee. His magical toy store, Jangle and Things, is booming with business thanks to his numerous inventions and his loving family. He has just come up with the toy of the year, which he plans to give every child in Cobbleton: a walking and talking action figure with a mind of its own called Don Juan Diego (Ricky Martin). His apprentice, Gustafson, (Keegan-Michael Key) has been attempting to make toys just like Jeronicus but continues to mess up.

As Jeronicus plans to make millions of action figures, Don Juan Diego is confused and frustrated, so he convinces Gustafson to steal Jeronicus’ legendary Book of Inventions and to team up and become the richest toymaker in the world.

30 years later, Jeronicus has lost almost everything and Gustafson has been using all of Jeronicus’s inventions to make himself incredibly famous. Just when things are nearing rock bottom, Jeronicus’s estranged granddaughter, Journey (Madalen Mills) comes to visit and she must turn Jeronicus’s frown upside down to help save his shop.

Although a major part of the film, the music seems to be the just tip of the iceberg compared to the numerous ideas packed in the movie.

The constant musical numbers and bright atmosphere make the whole movie feel colorful and extremely vibrant, leaving you with an inspiring and uplifting feel.

The choreography, done by Ashley Wallen, (The Greatest Showman) truly entertains the audience with its jubilance as there are flips, somersaults, and many smiles throughout the musical numbers. The great thing about the music and choreography is that it doesn’t necessarily pertain just to Christmas. The messages of “never give up” and “nothing is impossible” are shown numerous times throughout the music and the movie as a whole, so this is something you can watch at any time of the year or for any holiday.

There are many storylines throughout the film, like the mail woman, Ms. Johnston, having a crush on Jeronicus, Jeronicus having to pay the debt on his shop, the invention of the Buddy 3000, and stopping Gustafson seems like a bit too much for the audience, which does explain the lengthy time of just over two hours on this film. There is just so much to focus on, which can be interesting but difficult to keep track of if not paying full attention.

But even though there are many storylines, there is no doubt that the message that is being exerted from this film is to always believe.

The mindset that Journey possesses will have you feeling more positive yourself. Her positivity is infectious and can spread through the hearts of even the coldest of Scrooges. She manages to inspire audiences of all kinds with her musical number “Square Root of Possible”. It truly shows that even the bleakest of situations can possibly turn out well if you believe.

This is a timeless message used often, but the way it’s portrayed in this movie is one of a kind. In our current situation, believing and staying positive is necessary to live the best life possible in even the toughest of times.

We all need a bit of positivity during the holidays, especially in our current situation, and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is one movie that will for sure put joy in your heart and light up your holiday.