The Disney Christmas advert is making people teary: why it's such an emotional watch

The Disney Christmas advert is out and it’s sure to tug at your heartstrings

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Disney knows how to bring us the most heart-warming stories, and the new Disney Christmas advert is no exception.

As we all know - the festive season is time for emotional Christmas adverts. From the John Lewis Christmas advert  to Aldi’s adorable carrot, Christmas adverts are sure to brighten our days.

Now Disney have released their 2020 Christmas advert - and it’s sure to tug at your heartstrings. 

What’s the Disney Christmas advert about?

The new Disney Christmas advert focuses on the idea of the love we hold for our families. It is a nostalgic trip down memory lane and is sure to remind you how powerful childhood memories really are. 

The short film is titled From Our Family to Yours and if that isn’t enough to draw you in, it begins with a young girl, Lola, being given a Mickey Mouse toy by her father in 1940.  

Then, 65 years later, she is a devoted grandmother, sharing the vintage toy with her granddaughter. The granddaughter adores Mickey, cuddling him before helping Lola to make traditional paper parols - Christmas lanterns from the Philippines. 

Time passes in suitably heart-wrenching style as Lola’s granddaughter begins to grow up. And as she enters her teenage years and then adulthood, the old traditions don’t seem to interest her like they once did.

Lola tries to hide her disappointment, until one day her granddaughter arrives home to find the old Mickey Mouse toy discarded, it's broken ear now having completely fallen off.

Seeing her granddaughter’s sadness and the family photographs that adorn the home, her granddaughter resolves to do something about it.

The next morning Lola comes downstairs to find the living room decorated with many star-shaped decorations like the ones they once made together. 

Casting her mind back through much-loved memories, Lola soon gets the biggest surprise of all…

Who is the Disney Christmas advert supporting in 2020?

If the story alone isn’t enough to bring a tear to your eye and warmth to your heart, this year Disney’s advert has been released in support of Make-A-Wish. This wonderful charity helps fulfil the wishes of children with critical illnesses. 

In light of this, the beautiful rendition of Love Is A Compass by 19-year-old singer Griff that accompanies the short film is now available to buy as a charity single. 

100% of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish for every download made before 31 December 2020.

Luciano Manzo, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish International, has been reported as saying that the charity’s 40-year partnership with Disney “has already helped grant so many wishes for children across the world”. 

He then added that the organisation is ‘really excited’ by this new Christmas campaign.

The Twitter reaction to the Disney Christmas Advert

Already people have taken to Twitter to announce their emotional response to the heart-wrenching advert.

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“It’s 8am and I’m already emotionally devastated...” one user announced. 

Whilst another commented, “Is this just me? Hoping that @Disney_UK would turn this ad into a movie?”

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Another Twitter praised Disney's portrayal of Filipino culture, writing: 'I'm so happy to see Filipino culture and representation in such a touching short.' 

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With the advert only having been released on 9 November, it seems that we may already have a clear winner for favourite Christmas advert of 2020. 

Don’t believe us? You might just have to watch it for yourself!

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!