If Christmas is here, will the Santa Claus movies be left behind? all the streamers are getting ready to put their viewers in the holiday mood with great holiday movie additions that usually revolve around holiday cheer, gifts, love, hope and of course the same. Santa Claus. entering the market at the perfect time, disney+ has its own offering in the form of ‘noelle’. The fantasy-adventure comedy hails from Marc Lawrence and promises to show Santa’s family in a whole new way.
Instead of focusing on the adventures of perhaps one of the world’s most popular characters, ‘noelle’ decides to tell a story of female courage while looking at the legacy of santa. The plot continues at a time when Kris Kringle plans to retire as a Santa and hand over the reins from Ella to Ella’s son Nick, who begins to buckle under the pressure. Kris’s daughter Noelle convinces Nick to take the weekend off to blow off some steam. however, nick ends up quitting the job altogether, forcing noelle to leave her north pole home for the first time to track down her brother and convince him to come back. Ella’s ill-prepared cousin Gabriel takes over in the meantime, coming up with the visionary and potentially disastrous idea of trying to turn Santa’s workshop into an online delivery service.
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noelle filming locations
Naturally, you can understand that most of ‘noelle’s’ adventures take place outside of the North Pole, so you might be wondering where the movie was filmed. Well, we’re here to answer your questions, even if Disney chooses to remain silent on the details of the filming locations.
vancouver and whistler, british columbia:
Principal photography for the project took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, with part of the shooting taking place at the Saint James Academy of Music in Vancouver. however, most of the shooting took place at whistler. For those who don’t know, Whistler is one of the top ski destinations in North America. it turns into a white fairyland during the winters and, as you can see in the movie, the surrounding scenery is spectacular.
woodstock, georgia and arizona:
In case you’re disappointed that the movie wasn’t shot in the US, don’t be! A significant portion of the film was also shot in the United States. in one of the sequences, ‘noelle’, the main character, crashes into a shopping center while trying to get her brother back. This mall may look like an Arizona mall, but it’s actually the outlet stores, located in Woodstock, Georgia. reports suggest the team redecorated the windows to reflect the holiday season and apologized for the new look which they said was for a “temporary event”.
In another scene, a sled is seen flying over the Grand Canyon, which of course means that parts of the movie were also shot in Arizona. But that’s not the only clue that Arizona plays a big part in the ‘Noelle’ scenario. chase field and the phoenix skyline are also quite apparent in the film. Additionally, some of the other clues include the Mini Stack, which is the convergence of highways in Arizona, and a view from what appears to be the top of South Mountain.
While these leads may have remained unsubstantiated, diligent reporting has succeeded in backing them up with facts. Philip Bradstock, a spokesman for the Phoenix City Film Office, confirmed that crews associated with ‘Noelle’ were officially in Phoenix for a few days while filming exterior shots for the film.
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That said, there is an important caveat. Arizona is not officially listed as a filming location, unlike Woodstock or Vancouver, with Anna Kendrick, who plays Noelle, being seen in the latter location. Furthermore, since Arizona only appears in establishing shots—that is, shots that set up a movie scene—it is questionable whether the film’s two main stars actually filmed in Arizona. It should also be noted that Arizona does not offer financial incentives or tax credits to major studios, so they may be better off shooting elsewhere.
Movie buffs might be interested to know that Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ also had certain scenes in Phoenix, even though Hitchcock himself was never there during the filming process. Being a Disney movie, ‘Noelle’ doesn’t shy away from CGI either, so the Arizona shots could well be combined with other locations where the action actually takes place.
To summarize, ‘noelle’ appears to have filmed significant portions in british columbia and georgia, but from what we can gather, some portions were also filmed in arizona.
‘noelle’ hit disney+ on november 12, 2019 and stars bill hader and shirley mclaine, as well as kendrick.
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