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With: Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville, Anika Noni Rose, Madalen Mills, Phylicia Rashad, Ricky Martin, Justin Cornwell, Sharon Rose, Lisa Davina Phillip, Kieron Dyer, Miles Barrow, Diaana Babnicova, Ria Calvin, Kenyah Sandy
Written by: David E. Talbert
Directed by: David E. Talbert
MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic elements and peril
Running Time: 122
Date: 11/13/2020

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Square Root of Possible

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Of the slate of new 2020 Christmas movies, David E. Talbert's wonderful Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, a holiday blend of science and magic, towers above them all. Jeronicus Jangle is a brilliant inventor, with a shop full of amazing things, until his apprentice Gustafson steals his latest invention, a sentient doll (voiced by Ricky Martin), as well as his book of inventions. Twenty years later, Gustafson (Keegan-Michael Key) has become a wealthy and famous toymaker, but has used up everything in the Jeronicus's book and has nowhere left to turn. Meanwhile, Jeronicus (Forest Whitaker) has turned his shop into a pawn service, and struggles to come up with just one more great invention. At this time, his clever granddaughter Journey (Madalen Mills) comes to visit, and helps Jeronicus with the one thing that has been missing from his work. The musical numbers are a delight, and the costume designs truly sparkle, especially Journey's hairdo (with little gears embedded in her tufts). Lisa Davina Phillip plays a postal carrier who loves Jeronicus, and Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, and Hugh Bonneville co-star.

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