That Christmas
Directed bySimon Otto
Written by
Based onThat Christmas
by Richard Curtis
Produced by
  • Nicole P. Hearon
  • Adam Tandy
Starring
Edited bySim Evan-Jones
Music byJohn Powell
Production
companies
Distributed byNetflix[1]
Release date
  • December 2024 (2024-12)
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish

That Christmas (also known as Richard Curtis' That Christmas) is an upcoming animated Christmas fantasy comedy film produced by Locksmith Animation, animated by DNEG Animation and distributed by Netflix. Directed by Simon Otto in his directorial debut and based on a series of children's books by Richard Curtis, it stars the voices of Brian Cox, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Whittaker, and Bill Nighy.

The film is scheduled for release on Netflix in December 2024.

Premise

That Christmas follows a series of entwined tales about love and loneliness, family and friends, and Santa Claus making a big mistake, not to mention an enormous number of turkeys!

Voice cast

Production

Development

In November 2019, it was announced that Locksmith Animation was developing The Empty Stocking, an animated feature based on a series of children's books by Richard Curtis.[4] In June 2021, Locksmith announced that Simon Otto will be directing the film as his directorial debut, which had been retitled That Christmas.[5][6][7][8] In May 2022, Locksmith Animation confirmed that it awarded the digital production of its second movie, That Christmas, to DNEG Animation, following their collaboration on Locksmith’s debut film, Ron's Gone Wrong.[9] In June 2022, That Christmas was unveiled as part of Netflix's slate of animated films with the first look of the film.[10] On March 20, 2024, Brian Cox, Fiona Shaw, Jodie Whittaker, and Bill Nighy were announced to star in the film.[11]

Music

In November 2023, it was confirmed that John Powell would compose the film's score.[12][13]

Release

That Christmas will be released by Netflix in December 2024.[14] It was originally set to be released by 20th Century Fox as part of their deal with Locksmith until Disney's acquisition of the studio in 2019. After leaving Fox and announcing a new deal with Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures Animation (formerly Warner Animation Group) in October 2019, the film was expected to be released by the studio,[15] however, in June 2022, Netflix acquired the distribution rights to the film with Netflix Animation under its label.[16]

See also

References

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  9. ^ Sarto, Debbie (May 19, 2022). "Locksmith Taps DNEG Animation for 'That Christmas'". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on June 10, 2022. Retrieved June 19, 2022.
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  12. ^ Powell, John (November 30, 2023). "Scoring my 25th animated film and my first Xmas movie at Abbey Road Studios this week 🎶 Coming next winter! ❄️ #JohnPowell #soundtrack…". Instagram. Retrieved 2023-12-01.
  13. ^ "John Powell Scoring Locksmith Animation's 'That Christmas'". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 2023-12-01.
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