Disney has just released a new Christmas advert, marking the advent of the holiday season. The company supports its long-term charity partner Make-A-Wish by releasing a three-minute animated short entitled The Gift.
The advert celebrates the comfort that storytelling brings families at times of change. It also shows how it deepens their bonds by being together.
The Gift is the final installment of Disney’s From My Family To Yours trilogy. It premiered on November 2, 2022, across TV and Digital. This includes Disney’s own channels in 46 countries across Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Asia.
The first-ever Christmas advert entitled Lola was released in 2020. In the first installment, fans were introduced to Nicole and her grandmother, Lola. We watched how their bond deepened as festive traditions were passed down through generations.
It was followed by The Stepdad a year later, following a grown-up Nicole and her own children, Max and Ella. The children welcomed stepdad Mike into their home.
A special storybook was highlighted at the story, celebrating the magic that small moments — reading, in this case — that was created when families do it together.
Both adverts reached over 184 million views worldwide combined.
In the last installment, The Gift tackles another festive period coinciding with a touching arrival of a new baby. It demonstrates the power of sibling relationships. This is seen through the eyes of the youngest child Ella as shhe adjusts to the changing family dynamic.
A glow-in-the-dark Mickey Mouse soft toy was highlighted, connecting both past, present, and future in the story. The elder brother, Max, was first shown giving his younger sister Ella the Mickey Mouse toy to comfort her at night. In The Gift, Ella gifted the soft toy to her newborn sibling at their first meet.
Developing the final installment
The Gift has been developed and produced by Disney’s Consumer Products, Gaming & Publishing creative team, led by Angela Affinita, Director of Brand Marketing and Creative, in partnership with Flux Animation Studios in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, the Star of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Oscar-winning 2021 film Encanto, Jessica Darrow, performs the emotive soundtrack “A Little More.” It was penned exclusively for the advert by LA-based songwriters PARKWILD, Sofia Quinn and Rose Tan.
Jessica is best known for voicing Luisa Madrigal in Disney Encanto and singing the viral sensation Surface Pressure, which reached the top three in the UK single charts earlier this year, with over 276 million YouTube views.
Disney’s long-term charity partner, Make-A-Wish, will get continued support once more, following the 2022 ‘From Our Family To Yours’ campaign.
As part of the trilogy finale celebration, Disney is encouraging fans all over the world to join in and donate to Make-A-Wish® and will match all qualifying donations up to $100,000 helping to grant even more wishes.
To give a gift of hope and joy to children living with critical illnesses this holiday season, fans can donate to Make-A-Wish International at worldwish.org/disney.
K-Pop stars, Taylor Swift headline Apple Music Singapore year-end charts
FIFTY FIFTY, NewJeans get a lot of love
FIFTY FIFTY, a Korean girl group formed just last year, has completed its remarkable rise to the top of music charts as “Cupid (Twin Ver.)” earned the top overall spot in Apple Music Singapore Top Songs of 2023 chart.
The song also ranked eighth in the Top Shazamed Songs of 2023 list in the island. No other song was searched on Shazam the most than JIN’s “The Astronaut,” followed by Rema’s hit song “Calm Down.”
Meanwhile, Singaporeans have also showcased how much they have loved another girl group — NewJeans — throughout the year, with four songs from the artist entering the Top 25.
“Ditto” and “OMG” placed second and fifth in the Top Songs of 2023 list, with “Hybe Boy” and “Super Shy” also in the Top 25 at 13th and 21st.
Apple Music Artist of the Year 2023 Taylor Swift had three entries to the Top 25, with “Anti-Hero” ranking third, “Cruel Summer” at sixth, and “Enchanted (Taylor’s Version)” at 20th.
Miley Cyrus also had a big year on Apple Music charts with “Flowers” placing fourth on both the top songs and most Shazamed lists.
Apple Music Replay 2023
As the year winds down, it’s once again time for Apple Music subscribers to discover, listen, and share their top songs, artists, albums, genres, and more as Apple Music Replay 2023 is now live.
The year-end experience offers listeners worldwide access to expanded listening insights and a completely personalized highlight reel.
Aside from checking their top songs, albums, artists, genres, and more, fans can discover whether they’re in the top 100 listeners of their favorite artist of genre, or even listen to their personal top 100 songs chart from each year with the Replay yearly playlists via replay.music.apple.com.
Pilipinas Live to show UAAP finals Game 2, NBA In-Season Tourney playoffs
Avail of the app’s 7-day free trial
The ongoing UAAP Season 86 basketball finals and the entire playoffs of the NBA In-Season Tournament can be streamed on Pilipinas Live, Cignal’s innovative OTT app.
The University of the Philippines (UP) secured a blowout victory over De La Salle University (DLSU) in the men’s basketball finals opener last Wednesday, and is eager to close out the series on Sunday, December 3 at 4 PM.
Meanwhile, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is also hopeful to put an end to National University’s (NU) seven year-long dynasty in the women’s basketball scene in Game 2 of their own series at 12 noon.
NBA In-Season Tournament
Fans can also use the app to watch the quarterfinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament.
Only eight teams remain in the inaugural staging of the tournament where NBA teams vie for the NBA Cup: the Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, and Phoenix Suns.
The championship match of the knockout stage shall be held in Las Vegas.
Free trial for new subscribers
New Pilipinas Live subscribers can enjoy a seven-day free trial so they won’t miss any action.
Basketball fans can enjoy not just live coverages but also other exclusive features such as multi-cam view and various interactive options.
The Pilipinas Live app can be downloaded via the App Store and Google Play Store. To create an account, visit the website here: https://www.pilipinaslive.com/.
Catch NewJeans, LE SSERAFIM, more at AAA 2023 with Smart Live
K-Pop, K-Drama stars on tap
The Hallyu Wave is hitting the Philippines Hard with the Asia Artist Awards or AAA 2023 happening on December 14 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. Catch your favorite K-Pop acts with Smart Live.
The AAA is one of the biggest and most star-studded shows recognizing Asian artists in film, television, and music. It is the latest addition to this year’s stellar line-up of Smart Live events.
How to redeem AAA tickets with Smart Prepaid
Smart Prepaid subscribers may secure AAA tickets in two ways:
- Through points redemption on the Smart App
- By activating a Smart Prepaid eSIM and availing of Magic Data+ packages.
For points redemption on the Smart App, subscribers may follow these steps on Nov. 16 to 17, 2023:
- Download and then log in on the Smart App
- Tap ‘My Rewards’ and choose the Asia Artist Awards (AAA 2023) ticket you want to redeem with your points.
- Wait for the confirmation message then head to the Smart Booth at SM Megamall B in Mandaluyong from Nov. 25 to 26, 2023 to claim your ticket. Be ready to present your redemption notification and your active subscription to Power All 149 on the Smart App.
Activating a Smart Prepaid eSIM and topping up with Magic Data+ 749 packages. Subscribers may follow these steps:
- Purchase and activate your Smart Prepaid eSIM (Digital or Carded).
- Go to the Smart Store at SM Megamall B in Mandaluyong on November 25 to 26, 2023, from 10AM to 10PM.
- Present proof of your active Smart Prepaid eSIM and availment of Magic Data+ 749 on the Smart App. The required number of Magic Data+ 749 availments varies depending on your preferred ticket.
Subscribers can enjoy the best fan experiences and instantly share their best moments with the rest of the world powered by Smart.
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