Regardless of how you feel about Mariah Carey, I think we can all agree that when it comes to holiday music, “All I Want for Christmas is You” is a certified jam—and now, it’s an animated movie, too.
Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, has just unveiled a first look at All I Want for Christmas is You, which will be released direct-to-video and stream just in time for Christmas on November 14th. The film, inspired by the hit song of the same name, is narrated and executive produced by Mariah Carey and stars Henry Winkler, Lacey Chabert, Phil Morris, Laya Hayes, Keiko Agena, and Breanna Yde from Nickelodeon’s School of Rock series as “little Mariah.”
According to the film’s official press release, All I Want for Christmas Is You is a showcase of “beautifully realized CGI animation,” but it comes with the disclaimer that this is a product of Splash Entertainment, the production company behind Norm of the North and its planned direct-to-video sequels. So, no, the animation isn’t impressive to say the least—honestly, it’s barely passable, even for a direct-to-video release. I find this especially disappointing because I think this could have been something special. There have only been a handful of good animated holiday specials in recent years, so I was really hoping that this would be better than it appears to be from this trailer.
All I Want for Christmas Is You debuts on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital HD, and On Demand on November 14th, 2017. It isn’t currently available to pre-order for some reason, but I can’t imagine you’ll have any trouble tracking down a copy of the film once it’s out if you feel so inclined.
What do you think of the first look at All I Want for Christmas Is You? Is it all you want for Christmas? Is it your wish made true? Sound off like sleigh bells in the comments below!
Angelo Thomas is a student, a filmmaker, and an advocate for eating disorder recovery and awareness, among other things. It's his goal for everything he makes or has a hand in to be something he finds genuinely exciting and engaging and to have some level of meaning and ambition, whether it's a short narrative film, an LGBTQ+ documentary, or even a Taylor Swift music video — because that's how the magic happens.