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11 January 2022

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year

by Andrew MacGregor

Ingrid Michaelson & Zooey Deschanel: “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year” - 3 mins 08s

Ingrid Michaelson and Zooey Deschanel's 'Merry Christmas, Happy New Year' could feature in any Hallmark Channel Christmas film for years to come. Listen out for it next time a workaholic protagonist chooses love over a promotion or reopens the family bakery/toy shop/hotel (delete as appropriate).

As for the accompanying promo, co-directors Andrea Love and Phoebe Wahl pour whatever sugar's left into a stop-motion love story about a bunny and a rabbit. The only thing their storybook Christmas needs is a tree from the woods before night falls.

Pulse-raising it ain't, but the real draw is Love and Wahl’s craftsmanship. Subtle details like cookie crumbs and the tick of a yarn clock make this a tangible festive treat, and once again underlines the power of the 'awww' factor.

Director: Andrea Love ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ (Curate Films Ⓦ) / Phoebe Wahl ♀
Editor: Hyeseung Kim ♀

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