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Last week, I flew to Los Angeles to attend a press event, and the experience reminded me of the opening lines of White Christmas: While the California sun may have been shining outside, inside The London Hotel was a winter wonderland bedecked with Christmas trees, ornaments and nutcrackers. The cause for this holiday cheer was The Star press event, where I had the opportunity to watch an advance screening of the film, interview the cast and director, and get into the holiday spirit. It’s not every day that you follow up an interview by making a gingerbread nativity scene!
The Star is an animated retelling of the Christmas story, as told from the perspective of the manger animals. The film follows Bo (Voiced by Steven Yeun), a little donkey with big dreams who breaks out of captivity in a mill with his best friend, a dove named Dave (Keegan-Michael Key). Along the way they meet Mary (Gina Rodriguez), who saves Bo from a broken leg he suffered during his escape. As Mary and Joseph (Zachary Levi) prepare to travel to Bethlehem for the census, Bo discovers that King Herod (Christopher Plummer) has sent a pair of angry hunting dogs (Ving Rhames & Gabriel Iglesias) to destroy the new King. With a little help from their friends Ruth the sheep (Aidy Bryant), Edith the cow (Patricia Heaton), and the Wise Men’s camels (Oprah Winfrey, Tracy Morgan & Tyler Perry), Bo and Dave must rescue Mary and Joseph before it’s too late.
This movie is sure to become a holiday tradition in many households, with an all-star cast and toe-tapping soundtrack featuring artists such as Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, Zara Larsson and Pentatonix. Every song has a different flavor and tone to set the mood for each scene, with a mix of original music and reinvented classic carols. The Star is a Christmas film that the whole family can enjoy together!
The Star hits theaters tomorrow, November 17th.