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A cosy, animated Irish Christmas film starring Ruth Negga was added to Netflix today

Might be something to keep you (or the kids) occupied until the Toy Show kicks off tonight.

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MANY OF US have been in Christmas mode since the 1st of November, and as a result we’ve seen basically every Christmas film that Netflix has had to offer at this stage. 

Netflix has a decent selection of holiday movies, but if you got an early start on them, then there’s only so many times you can watch The Christmas Switch, Arthur Christmas or The Christmas Chronicles. To keep things exciting, Netflix has been adding a few new titles over the last month, and the latest film is a 30-minute-long animated short, based on the story by Pulitzer Prize winning Irish author Frank McCourt. 

Created by Brown Bag Films (who are responsible for Give Up Yer Aul Sins – and the spin-off Fig Roll ads – as well as a heap of other children’s shows like Doc McStuffins and Butterbean’s Cafe), Angela’s Christmas is set in Limerick in the year 1914, and tells the story of one little girl who is determined to keep everybody safe, warm and loved at Christmas time. 

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Frank McCourt’s wife Ellen McCourt even got involved in the production, and said that it was Frank’s “dream to see this delicate little Christmas story transformed into a classic Christmas tale” before he passed away in 2009. 

He would be thrilled with Angela’s Christmas, as is the entire extended McCourt family. 

The CG film stars Oscar nominated actress Ruth Negga as Angela’s mother, and Lucy O’Connell (from the Oscar nominated Song of the Sea) as Angela. It was written by Song of the Sea’s writer Will Collins and Damien O’Connor, who is one of the writers behind Doc McStuffins. Darragh O’Connell, Creative Director at Brown Bag Films said:

McCourt has a way of capturing the mind of young Angela that will have you laughing and crying. The story lends itself beautifully to animation and we are so excited to share this with audiences around the world. 

Well, that’s something to stick on the Watch List anyway. 

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