A Christmas Journey with John Mulvey's Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Carol is the third film in his Christmas series. The movie revolves around the question "What did you do to deserve this?" The movie follows the character of Gingerbread Boy who finds himself in a Christmas adventure.
The story starts out at the beginning of the year when a giant sparkler accidentally breaks on the front door of a nicely appointed home, sending a sparkler trail of tinsel and bells tumbling down on the floor. Christmas Eve is disrupted by the Great Night Fire of London which gutters in the streets with smoke. Gingerbread tries desperately to put out the fire, but he gets so carried away with the excitement that he does not notice the smoke damage to his home and its contents. When Christmas Eve catches fire again, this time in Gingerbread's own home, his family tries desperately to save his home from total darkness. Meanwhile, Christmas Eve guest Joanna starts to feel uncomfortable about her appearance in the movie and decides to go away.
Gingerbread finally realises that he has to get out of the house before dark so he races out in his bare feet. However, he meets his neighbour Frank who wants to go bowling with him and enjoy the evening with him. As the evening progresses, gingerbread slowly comes to realise that Joanna is not really going to join them for the bowling. This leads Gingerbread to start suspecting Joanna of being involved in the shooting of the Christmas lights, the mystery behind her disappearance she starts to unravel.
It is then that Gingerbread really starts to find out what has happened to Joanna and the police discover a link between her and the missing Christmas lights. Joanna flees the scene after she is questioned by the detectives, but not before she leaves a note for Gingerbread. In the note, she tells him about her plan to hide with her father on Christmas Eve. A relieved Gingerbread rushes to the church only to find his wife and son waiting for him. Suddenly, the jangle band begins to play as the happy couple look up in shock.
As the mystery surrounding the missing Christmas lights unravels, the jangle band keeps playing and gingerbread continue to listen to the magical music. As they all sit in the living room, they all suddenly realise that there is no hiding place for the truth. They all leave in one group, headed for the front door. Just before they enter, the happy couple kiss, ushering in the Christmas season with a very happy song.
This is the first of a series of stories that the author, keegan-ichael key, incorporates into his delightful musical fantasy series, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journeys. He starts with the story of Gingerbread, a girl who gets lost on her first Christmas holiday. She ends up in an unexpected land where she meets a handsome young boy who lives next door. Together, they travel through the many wonders that the land has to offer. While I'm not sure how well the plot follows through from this introduction, the book overall is very enjoyable and I do recommend it to anyone looking for a great Christmas jingle tale.