In a canine twist on the classic journey-home-for-Christmas story, Xfinity teamed with fellow Comcast brand Illumination on a holiday short film, "Come Home," written and directed by Garth Jennings, creator and director of the animated film "Sing" and the "Sing 2" sequel.
The original short film features characters from the “Sing” franchise and their celebrity voice actors, Matthew McConaughey, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Nick Kroll. There's also a new character—Angie the dachshund, voiced by Keke Palmer, as well as her pooch family, who were created specifically for the holiday ad and won't appear in the "Sing" sequel, set to hit theaters on Dec. 22.
Rushing home from a hospital shift to catch a televised Christmas special with her pups, Angie forgets her phone at the front desk. What could’ve been the prelude to a restful, un-plugged holiday turns a bit more harrowing when Angie’s gas meter hits empty on the snowy drive home through a mountain pass. Angie’s litter gets tearful as it seems their mother won’t make it home in time for the show (they could, of course, record it with their Xfinity cable service, but it’s not the same). But just when all seems lost, the nightmare becomes a dream holiday.
Angie stumbles into a building to take shelter and it happens to be the alpine television set for the TV special. Better yet, Angie can sing! As her daughter has lost all hope, she looks up at the screen and sees Angie belting a rendition of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”
The short promotes Xfinity as well as "Sing 2," and concludes with the message, “Sing together, watch together, be together,” as Angie’s family cheers and dances to their mother’s broadcast debut.
With "Sing 2" director "Jennings at the helm, the content introduces a brand new character who unexpectedly finds themselves expressing themselves creatively through song,” said Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination, in a statement. “It’s an honor to be able to remind people of the power of being together this holiday through the world of 'Sing 2' and our characters.”
The ad debuted today during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC.