Packed full of new catchphrases, like “yogurt pants” and “hold your reindeer,” Noelle is a must-watch holiday film that you will want to watch each holiday season. (And maybe even for a Christmas in July celebration.)
About Noelle, A Disney+ Original Film
Set in the present, the movie Noelle follows Kris Kringle’s daughter, Noelle (Anna Kendrick), as she embarks on an adventure to save Christmas. While Noelle is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, she wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away… but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas. The sudden disappearance of the new Santa (Bill Hader) leads to chaos in the North Pole, so Mrs. Kringle (Julie Hagerty) must step up to rein in the hi-tech replacement Santa, Cousin Gabe (Billy Eichner). Meanwhile, Noelle and Elf Polly (Shirley MacLaine), the family’s acerbic but good-hearted nanny, are down South on a search-and-recover mission, during which Noelle (Anna Kendrick) comes to realize she has much in common with her father and begins to understand the true meaning of Christmas.
4 Reason to Watch Noelle
Hidden Mickeys in Noelle on Disney+
You read that right! Noelle is full of hidden Mickeys! For example, in the opening scene, spot a hidden Mickey on the fireplace and on the floor tiles in The Clause’s living room. How many can you spot?!
Santa Clause Lore
Ever wonder how Santa really fits down the chimney? How many languages Santa speaks? And how Santa determines the perfect gift for each person on his list? Noelle explains all of this and more (with some modern twists).
Bill Hader, Anna Kendrick, and Billy Eichner
Okay, technically that’s three reasons! But this trio is HILARIOUS. Bill Hader plays the not-so-natural Santa, Anna Kendrick is basically a North Pole princess (she literally calls her little reindeer Snowglobe by singing a Snow White-like song), and Billy Eichner plays geeky cousin Gabe (with his posse of tech elves).
Messages About Tradition
While Noelle is a lot of fun and full of laughs, it tackles some serious topics, too, including the traditional roles for women in our culture.
“What do I do?” asks young Noelle to her father, Santa Clause. “Well, What do you want to do?” Santa Clause asks. “I would like to do what you do,” she replies. “You mean, be Santa?” he asks. “No, Nick is Santa,” she clarifies, “but I would like to help decide what toys to make and fly the sleigh and do something really important.”
Santa’s reply? “You do, Noelle, you make everyone jolly with your cards and your Christmas cheer and you know how much your brother depends on you… so you can help him and always keep his Christmas spirit up.”
But when disaster strikes days before Christmas in the North Pole, Noelle must reindeer up and embrace her true destiny in the Clause family… even though it might not follow tradition.
Another message that Noelle addresses is about change — and it’s one that particularly struck home for me. I have so many beloved memories about family traditions, but with recent changes to my family, some of those traditions are just not the same anymore… and that’s okay.
“Traditions change. New ones are scary, but they might be great. And if you know what Christmas means to you, the tradition’s just the wrapping.” — Noelle
To help remind myself that it’s okay to start new traditions, I made this simple printable from my favorite Noelle quote to add to my holiday decor. Print your own, and remember, new traditions can be fun!