Disney said the animated tale, which was released across the world this morning, was inspired by nostalgia and the importance of family particularly in the festive season.
It sees two new characters – a grandmother, Lola, and her granddaughter – alongside a Mickey Mouse toy who is passed down from generation to generation.
The toy is gifted to Lola as a young child by her father in 1940. With each passing year, Mickey comes to symbolize Lola’s childhood her on-going connection to her granddaughter.
The toy also comes to inspire a nostalgic and special Christmas morning for an elderly Lola.
Little-known London-based singer Griff is behind the soundtrack – called Love Is A Compass.
The advert has been produced in partnership with children’s charity Make-A-Wish – which has been working with Disney for 40 years.
From now until the end of December, 100 per cent of the proceeds from the single will be donated to Make-A-Wish.
Tasia Filippatos, senior vice president of Disney Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Christmas is a time for giving and giving back, and we’re delighted to debut this festive ad campaign supporting our long-term charity partner Make-A-Wish.
“Our goal was to tell a universal story that inspires through the themes of family, love and special holiday traditions. We hope that Disney fans enjoy the short.”
UK artist Griff said: “The lyrics of the track and the storytelling in the advert are powerful, and important. The theme of family and loved ones are so front of mind for many of us – especially this Christmas.”
Luciano Manzo, President and CEO at Make-A-Wish, said: “Our 40-year partnership with Disney has already helped grant so many wishes for children across the world and we’re really excited to be part of this Christmas campaign.
“The festive season is such a meaningful time for so many families to celebrate special memories, and it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to grant even more life-changing wishes with Disney’s support.”
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