David E. Talbert: I think it was the right time; Timing is everything. I have been developing this project for 20 years, but it was not until I became a father when he tried to sit with my son a few years ago and showed him some of my childhood favorites such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Willy Wonka and did not want know anything about him. I’m singing the songs whiter happier ever and he was not interested. I realized I wanted to see someone on the screen who looked like him.
He had more options I had when I was growing up, and that’s when I went to Netflix and said, ‘There are people of color around the world who love the holidays, but there are films that represent them with anyone they seem . ‘
BET.com: It took 20 years to make this film, and the trip was worth it. Why do you think it took so long to get tinkling did?
David E. Talbert: First, I did not know what the hell he was doing. I kept trying to get the right music and the right story. He is going to do it for the stage and it was not until a few years ago, after showing [Chitty Chitty Bang Bang] my son, my wife said, ‘Why not do it as a film?’ And that was when he took off. I just needed a larger canvas.