All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
The first and promotional video for Mariah Carey’s festive and seasonal number one hit, All I Want for Christmas Is You, was filmed in 1993. The video theme was shot in the same method of a 1980s cine-film home movie. Mariah directed and starred in the video along with her dog Jack and a male model playing the role of Father Christmas, who turned out to be Mariah’s husband Tommy Mottola. The outdoor scenes shot in the video were taken at the Fairy Tale Forest in New Jersey.
Mariah begins the video shoot by placing a number of gifts underneath the Christmas tree in a typical family home. She also hangs a number of baubles onto the tree and all the while being filmed in home-movie cam style. The scenes then move out into the snow-covered landscapes of the Fairy Tale Forest. Mariah Carey is seen in one shot holding a small white rabbit indoors and smiling. Mariah is also seen sledging down a hill before sitting on Santa’s (Mottola) lap on a park bench in the snowy mountainside.
During the heart-warming video she is then joined by her pet dog Jack. Jack sports a pair of reindeer antlers and looks like a small reindeer and joins in with the fun and frolics on the snowy forest floor. Mariah then sets about getting ready for the video and further scenes show her make-up artist preparing her hair and other touch ups before the outside shots are performed. Mariah is joined by a second dog that helps to unwrap some Christmas presents under the tree. Mariah had said she was keen to try out something traditional and family-orientated for the video and there is little doubt the release fulfills this style.
The video makes use of animals again as Mariah is seen holding a small white dove. Her younger dog then leaps up in the air by the Christmas tree, showing more scenes of family merriment and Christmas joy. Then the video treats us to some more animals in the shape of seven reindeer and a sledge while Carey sings alongside outside in the snow. The video concludes with Mariah dancing through the snow and cuddling Santa Clause while he bears of big red sack of presents. Mariah even gets to enjoy a ride in a snow cat bob sleigh.