Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Director: David E. Talbert
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 1.5

A wizened grandmother (Phylicia Rashad) tells her grandchildren the story of Jeronicus (as a youngster Justin Cornwell, as an adult Forest Whitaker), an inventor of toys who has his ideas - and a sassy automaton named Don Juan (Ricky Martin) - stolen by former assistant Gustafson (Miles Barrow in the early years, Keegan-Michael Key in older form), who starts his own empire.  This is strictly - and I do mean strictly - for the little ones to watch (I'm saying under 10): the storytelling is sluggish and dragged down by the umpteen songs (none of them catchy) and all of its "ideas" appear to be ripped from other movies (which is ironic, because it's a movie about theft).  Whitaker's character has no idea how lucky he is having a granddaughter smarter than Oppenheimer, Fermi, Von Neumann and Max Planck put together (oh my!).  I hope, if nothing else, this teaches the kids a very valuable lesson about the importance of patent law....