He also told the magazine that he wanted to create something that featured black characters. "Highlighting black characters was a big deal for me because as a kid I haven't really seen that many cartoons or movies with black main characters to relate to," Abney said. "As a black animator, as a black director, I feel part of my responsibility to bring this out. And then having a studio like Netflix respond to it, just the characters, it was really refreshing and inspiring too. It has a little more Wind brought into our sails to carry on. "
Talbert was similarly inspired to create "Jingle Jangle". He told IndieWire, a website devoted to independent film review, that he noticed an interruption when he first screened his 4-year-old 1968 musical film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for the first time in 2017 . "I sat with him and I sing the songs and everything and he wasn't thrilled at all and asked if he could play with his LEGOs," Talbert told the website. "When he left, I looked at him, I looked at the screen and I realized that he doesn't see himself in the film. However, this was my childhood because at that time there were no other options for different representation on the screen .
“He has Black Panther and Miles Morales on his wall. I figured it was time to do it because when my son experiences this, how many colored sons and daughters around the world want to see themselves represented? "
Netflix described the film as "a musical adventure and visual spectacle for the ages":
“The film is set in the wonderfully vibrant city of Cobbleton and follows the legendary toy manufacturer Jeronicus Jangle (Oscar winner Forest Whitaker), whose imaginative inventions are bursting with humor and amazement. But when his trusted apprentice (Emmy-winning Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most precious creation, it's up to his equally smart and inventive granddaughter (newcomer Madalen Mills) – and a long-forgotten invention – to heal old wounds and the magic within to awaken again. From the fantasy of screenwriter and director David E. Talbert, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey recalls the strength of the family and the power of possibilities. With original songs by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, Davy Nathan and "This Day" by Usher and Kiana Ledé. "
And I think I'm the last person in the universe to see #JingleJangle, but I GUSHED on FB last night …
… there are not enough superlatives. I knew I would love it which is why I kept it for an end of the year. But I needed it this weekend when I was sad.
Wow, it * delivered. *
– Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (@Ebonyteach) December 15, 2020