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“A deep but festive “girl-boss” flick that will have you crying one minute and laughing hysterically the next. A deeper thought piece than Disney realizes – as society continues to question the answer: It’s how we’ve always done it.” – Meg Harrell
Bill Hader & Anna Kendrick. Need I elaborate? Ok, ok fine. Let me tell you all about Noelle and why you should stream this movie over and over again!
Screening Noelle and Disney+ movies
I was invited by Disney this November to screen this movie in the Walt Disney Animation Studios Theater. Just a few of my blogger friends and I were treated to Disney+ movies and here’s how the magic unfolded….
Plot of Noelle
Santa has a big happy family with a wife and two kids. These two kids (played by Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader) grow up loving Christmas. The son, Nick had been told and trained his whole life that one day he will take over the family business and rule the North Pole Village as Santa Claus!
Bill Hader’s character is not feeling it. He doesn’t want to be Santa. So at the encouragement of his sister, he runs away to Phoenix, Arizona. (Which I believe is the correct SAT answer to “what is the opposite of the North Pole”)
He becomes the most adorable hippie yoga instructor you’ve ever seen – complete with tie-dye, Birkenstocks and leather jewelry. (Totally my type!)
Anna Kendricks character, Noelle, tries to convince him to return to the North Pole and save Christmas because the IT Department of the North Pole is trying to turn Santa’s Workshop into Amazon Prime for the Elite children. Someone needs to step into the leadership position and fix Christmas!
Eventually everyone realizes that Anna should be Santa. She has all the qualifications and is the best one for the job. The counsel is not sure if they want to support her because she is a woman and Santa is ‘supposed to be” a man.
Message of Noelle
At the conclusion of the movie, the audience is convinced that it’s time for more women to take roles that traditionally have been reserved for men only. This is an important trend in entertainment right now, and I can’t get enough of it.
Getting Personal | My favorite element of Noelle
One of my favorite things about this movie were all the comedians featured! Obviously Bill Hader is a comedian from SNL, Bill Eichner plays the head of the IT department, Ron Funches is the leader of the “Santas Helpers” gang! You will be belly laughing, I know you will!
Summary of Noelle
A lot of thought and cheer went into making this movie. The depth of the character story lines are so real. You will feel some feelings in a deep way. But this movie doesn’t just pull at your heart strings, it also makes you laugh. At one point I was wiping away tears and 30 seconds later I was laughing so hard I was leaning out of my chair.
This movie has substance and I think its safe for children of all ages. Younger kids under 5 might not catch all of its emotional depth. Regardless, you should add Noelle to your list of MUST WATCH CHRISTMAS MOVIES!
I was able to interview the producer of this movie, Suzanne Todd. Come read all about the message she wants you to take home from Noelle! Noelle | Interview with Producer Suzanne Todd
Noelle will be available for streaming on Disney+ November 12th! #Noelle
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