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This isn’t a little-known vacation track – truly, it’s a really well-known one.  However I’m together with it in our Vacation Music Fest for different considerably lesser-known causes.  And that requires a narrative.
Up to now, I wrote right here in regards to the TV sequence, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.  The present obtained cancelled not too long ago after two seasons, however because of huge fan help, the Roku Channel ordered a film, which reunited the whole forged and premiered in 2021 – and which the Roku Channel made free to stream by everybody, whether or not subscribers or not – Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas. 
(Up within the air is whether or not Roku will order future motion pictures, and even deliver again the sequence.  Although to this point they have not.)
The premise of the sequence is that for no matter motive, the principle character Zoey (performed splendidly by Jane Levy) has developed the flexibility to listen to what individuals are considering at significantly emotional moments of their lives, which they specific via track, what she refers to as “coronary heart songs.”  And he or she’s grown to hate her “energy,” as she calls it.  It isn’t solely intrusive in her life — having individuals break into passionate songs, usually with full choreography, that nobody else can see — but additionally she’s realized that no matter is happening in that particular person’s life, she has to assist resolve it, or the songs will proceed till she does.
As for this track, it comes on the very opening of the film.  She’s in a mall together with her buddy Mo, explaining why Christmas this 12 months is so troublesome for her, as a result of it’s her household’s first since her father handed away. (Which was a significant storyline within the second season.)  And so, she isn’t within the Christmas spirit in any respect.  In an effort to be understanding, Mo says she’ll do her finest to place apart her personal emotions and be low-kay, in order to not trigger any issues for Zoey.  And so, the 2 of them stroll via the vacation mall all quiet and matter-of-fact.
However in fact, regardless of how a lot her buddy is sedate on the floor, Zoey can hear her coronary heart track – and people of everybody else within the mall.  Which leads us to this track.
However – nearly greater than all that’s one thing that stands out severely impressively, even when unobtrusively until you’re on the lookout for it.  And it’s that the massive, extravagant manufacturing quantity that goes all around the mall, up and down the degrees…is all achieved in only one take!  Any mistake or error within the meticulous timing, hitting their marks precisely, and so they’d should do it yet again.  And simply to provide themselves a good greater problem (past filling the quantity with plenty of little children who should get their timing proper), the very finish of the lavish scene offers with correctly balancing a bunch of Christmas reward packages.  If simply certainly one of them fell over (and one nearly does)…sure, again to the beginning and do all of it once more.  And in spite of everything that, they nonetheless should get the final, troublesome shot proper!

It is a severely spectacular endeavor.  And all of the extra so whenever you notice that they’d a brief manufacturing schedule — together with solely 4 days to rehearse the dancing for  all the songs, and there have been no less than half a dozen songs within the film, in all probability extra.  It wasn’t only a case of “Okay, we’ve to be taught this one manufacturing quantity solely in simply 4 days and get it proper.”
(By the way, the way in which you may inform that is the opening, is as a result of the present at all times begins with Zoey pissed off over one thing, and blurting out a swear phrase…that will get minimize off by the title of the present slamming in.)

Minor enjoyable truth:  one other good factor to look out for is that across the :25 second mark, you will see a white-haired lady in an untucked, brown shirt and black baseball cap dancing round Mo.  That is the present’s choreography Mandy Moore.  (No, not the pop singer-actress.  Identical identify, completely different particular person.)
For many who need to see the complete film (totally free), you may stream it right here.
And  now, onto the one-take surprise.  It is value watching a second time (or extra) to catch all of the individuals getting in place, recognizing the small print even within the far background, and seeing all of the meticulous actions of how  they pulled it of –

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