Mariah Carey is determined to squeeze every conceivable drop out of her utterly ubiquitous festive hit ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, announcing that a new CGI-animated movie will be based on the song.

The diva herself unveiled a teaser clip for the upcoming animated feature, the existence of which was confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter later on Tuesday (March 21st) and is due to hit cinemas later in 2017.

The movie’s plot apparently expands on that of Mariah’s children’s book of the same name, which was released back in 2015. Directed by Guy Vasilovich from a script by Temple Mathews, Carey herself is set to narrate the film as well as hold down an executive production role, which features a voice cast including Henry Winkler, Lacey Chabert, Breanna Yde, Phil Morris, Laya Hayes and Keiko Agena.

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“Every holiday season there are traditions we can’t live without,” the rather quickly thrown-together trailer goes with a voiceover. The tree… the stockings… the presents… and Mariah Carey.”

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Then, despite the fact that the film is going to be animated, the real-life Mariah then appears, reclining on a sofa in regal poise and festive pyjamas, saying: “I don’t want a lot for Christmas… there’s just one thing I need.”

That sound you can hear? That’s the sound of cold, damp earth being excavated long after the bottom of the barrel has been scraped through.

46 year old Mariah’s previous forays into the acting world have been distinctly mixed – the total turkey that was 2001’s Glitter was traumatic for all concerned – although she did win praise for a cameo appearance in the last series of ‘Empire’.

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