‘Jingle Jangle’ Trailer: Netflix Gets In The Holiday Spirit With Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, John Legend, & More

Halloween might be right around the corner, but you know what else is close? Christmas. And Netflix is getting into the holiday spirit early with the trailer for Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, which looks like a jubilant, musical, magical tale that will mean more than ever this year since we’ll be watching movies at home.

Directed by David E. Talbert, Jingle Jangle stars newcomer Madalen Mills as a young girl who goes on an adventure to help her grandfather, a whimsical toymaker played by Forest Whitaker, to reclaim an invention stolen by his former apprentice, played with gusto by Keegan-Michael Key.

New music by John Legend and Philip Lawrence adds to the holiday spirit, along with beautiful costume design by Aladdin‘s Michael Wilkinson. The cast includes Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Hugh Bonneville, and Ricky Martin.

Talbert is especially drawn to the season, having previously directed Almost Christmas and El Camino Christmas.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey comes down the Netflix chimney on November 13th.

SYNOPSIS: 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.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.