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It's far from uncommon for one part of popular culture to influence another. Knowing that, we all should have seen this coming. One of Mariah Carey's most popular songs is set to inspire its own movie. And since no music has quite the global appeal that Christmas tunes have, it probably comes as no surprise that the song in question is Carey's seasonal hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You."
While the title sounds like its a setup for one of those Christmas-themed romantic comedies that inundate basic cable in December, that's not quite what we have here. According to The Hollywood Reporter, All I Want For Christmas Is You will be animated home entertainment release that will follow a young girl (named Mariah) as she attempts to convince her parents to get her a puppy for Christmas. In order to prove she can take care of a dog Mariah will begin to pet-sit a difficult dog named Jack, who causes all sorts of problems for Mariah's family and their preparations for the holiday. The singer will narrate the film though other voice actors will play all the characters.
In point of fact, the movie version of All I Want For Christmas Is You is based on Mariah Carey's children's book of the same name, so this is actually a movie based on a book which is based on a song.
While the idea of making a movie based on little more than a song title may seem a little thin, it's far from unusual, especially with Christmas music. White Christmas was made in 1954 and was named after one of the most popular songs ever written. The popular story is that the plan to make a movie with that title came long before any actual idea for a story. Compared to that, All I Want For Christmas Is You seems to be far more ready to be a movie.
If you're not at all familiar with the song in question, you probably don't listen to the radio in December, but if you need a refresher, or just need a dose of Christmas in March, check out the song below.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" has become a standard part of the holiday season and while it's impossible to say at this point if the new animated film will do the same, we certainly can't discount it. When Christmas comes people tend to retreat into nostalgia, which how certain songs and movies become classics. If the movie is able to follow in the footsteps of the song then Mariah Carey could be on the verge of becoming the queen of Christmas.