Book becomes movie: All I Want For Christmas is You premieres first trailer

(image via Rotoscopers (c) Universal)


The animated movie tells the story of young Mariah, who wants nothing more for Christmas than a puppy and has set her eyes on a specific little pooch named Princess. Little Mariah is tasked with taking care of her uncle’s dog to prove her responsibility to get the number one thing on her list, which results in her having the best Christmas ever. (synopsis (c) Billboard)

“All I Want For Christmas is You” is unarguably one of the catchiest classics of all time.

Rare among modern Christmas songs which often that mysterious x-factor which transforms heartwarming Christmas songs into tunes that effortlessly and perfectly capture the most wonderful time of the year, the song has only grown in popularity since its release in 1994.

Now, after becoming a book in 2015, it is being released as a captivatingly cute festive animated film, replete with the kind of delightfully sentimental storyline that feels like Christmas.

It won’t be to everyone’s taste but if you’re into Christmas, and I most certainly am, then you will enjoy immersing yourself in the joy and bonhomie of the season, with a new song “L’il Snowman” to speed your decking of halls bliss along.

All I Want For Christmas is You releases on DVD & Blu-ray and On-Demand on 14 November.

(source: EW)


Let the holidays begin! Time to go on Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

(poster art courtesy official Disney Australia Twitter account)


Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff). Directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (Prep & Landing), produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli (Big Hero 6), with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (Between the Lines). (source: Coming Soon)

News that Olaf, one of the breakout animated stars of Frozen, itself a mega breakout Disney hit of earworm-consuming proportions courtesy of “Let It Go”, would be back in his own short film, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, was greeted with much joy by anyone who enjoyed his chaotic, geewhiz charm.

Which includes yours truly, a man who brazenly and without apology uses his delightful nieces and nephews to see all manner of gorgeous animated films.

So naturally, when news broke that Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, which is being billed as the set-up to Frozen 2 which releases November, 2019, would be screened ahead of Pixar’s Coco (the first non-Pixar short to do so, I believe), there was much rejoicing. (I danced on the inside because #commuting but trust me there was dancing and giddy celebration.)

Granted it will screen in Australia after Christmas has officially wrapped but still in the middle of the 12 Days of Christmas which means I can keep the celebrations going after the last cracker has been cracked and present unwrapped.

Thank you Disney.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will screen ahead of Coco from 22 November USA and 26 December Australia.



Recent tweets from Idina Menzel and Josh Gad, who voice Elsa and Olaf respectively, are also giving us a delicious sneak-peek listen at some of the new songs that will debut in Olaf’s Frozen Adventure



Come along for a glorious ride on Olaf’s Frozen Adventure!

Festive sugar rush! (image via YouTube (c) Disney)


One of the many joys of being an uncle to four quite delightful young nieces and nephews is the chance it gives me to go and watch a host of animated films that might otherwise pass me by.

Of course, I go and see some of them anyway, but there’s something inordinately wonderful about watching these movies with their intended demographic – let’s face it, many of them have a lot of adult-level elements to them too so I’d like them we’re a target audience too but obviously not THE target audience – and seeing the joy and excitement they feel when something really silly or funny happens.

One film I am very much looking forward to seeing with them this Christmas – we have a tradition of a Boxing Day film each year – is Pixar’s latest masterpiece Coco, which will be preceded, for the first time ever, by a Disney short featuring the breakout character from Frozen, Olaf.

In Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, a quite delightful 21 minute short film by all appearances, Olaf sets out to find out how the people of Arendelle celebrate Christmas in order to give reunited sisters Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) some festive ideas for their first holiday season as family.

It looks immeasurably sweet, slapstick silly funny and yes, there may be a kickass song tucked away in there somewhere too.

Coco opens in USA on 22 November and Australian on Boxing Day (26 December).



And if you missed the latest fantastic trailer for Coco itself, fret no more for here it is …


It’s true, animated Mariah! All I Want For Christmas is You (teaser trailer)

(cover image courtesy Penguin Random House)


According to the official press release, All I Want for Christmas Is You will center around a young Mariah (voiced by Breanna Yde), who wants a puppy named Princess for Christmas. But before Princess can be hers, she has to pet-sit Jack, described as “a scraggly rascal of a dog; in fact, the worst dog in the county!” (synopsis via Mashable)

All I Want For Christmas is … my two front teeth?

C’mon you can do way better than that!

How about an animated film based on the book All I Want For Christmas is You which is in turn based on the insanely successful modern Christmas classic, which launched itself into collective music consciousness, thereafter forever to remain, in the long ago heady days of 1994.

So compulsively listenable and so delightfully, compellingly Christmasy is the song that it makes sense that it’s been turned into a book and a film and who knows what other wonders down the track.

For now, we have Mariah Carey introducing the movie in its Christmas glory and you’ll be able to see what wanting your true love for Christmas looks like when All I Want for Christmas Is You doesn’t have an exact release date yet, it’s expected to premiere in all its festive glory on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand just in time for Christmas this year.