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Arthur Christmas (2011)

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Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

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Arthur (voice)
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Steve (voice)
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Grandsanta (voice)
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Santa (voice)
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Mrs Santa (voice)
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Bryony (voice)
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Peter (voice)
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Chief De Silva (voice)
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Gwen (voice)
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Ernie Clicker (voice)
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Lead Elf (voice)
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Storyline

Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Written by Sony Pictures Animation

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Ever wonder how 2 Billion presents get delivered all in 1 night? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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23 November 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arthur Christmas in 3D  »

Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,068,931 (USA) (18 November 2011)

Gross:

$46,440,491 (USA) (6 January 2012)
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Trivia

The S-1 flew over Trelew, Mexico twice; Firstly, of course, to deliver all the necessary gifts to the residents and children that live there and secondly because of Santa's poor navigation skills, attempting to get the superior present to Gwen, when he, like Arthur, keyed the address, saw a list of 'Trelew's and selected the first one, resulting in Steve descending on the '23 Mimosa Avenue, Trelew, Mexico' address (where Pedro lived, and where Arthur and Bryony mistakenly went into, only to discover a bike-like gift wrapped under the tree there). On the other hand, The S-1 also flew over Trelew, England. Firstly to deliver the necessary gifts to all the other houses in Gwen's hometown and the second time to deliver Gwen's missed present. See more »

Goofs

Scandinavia celebrates Christmas on the eve of the 24th. So even though Denmark is apparently Santa's first stop on Christmas night, the children would have long since unwrapped their presents when he got there. See more »

Quotes

Arthur: [Passing through the operational area after the quarrel at the dinner table that broke out during the session of Christmas, The Board Game] Steve! Steve! Don't be upset! You Keep this so you can be Santa next time!
Arthur: [Steve takes the Silver model from the game and holds it] That will be you next, Steve! Next year I bet! You will be a great Santa!
Steve: [looks at Arthur then looks down the hall to find that Arthur kept all the doors open] How many times, Arthur? It's the North Pole! Shut the doors, For ...
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Crazy Credits

After the end of the credits, there is a seven second scene, all in black silhouette on a blue background. One of the elf-lowering-cables descends, pauses, then lifts up an elf, who proceeds to throw snowballs at the screen until it's all black. See more »


Soundtracks

Make Someone Happy
Written by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne
Published by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Produced by Harry Gregson-Williams
Performed by Bill Nighy
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Colourful Christmas fare
9 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a fan of Aardman ever since Wallace and Gromit, I was interested from the get go into seeing Arthur Christmas. Apart from it dragging slightly in the middle, Arthur Christmas was a wonderful film. The animation is absolutely breathtaking, it is all very colourful and beautifully modelled, and the soundtrack is so rousing it makes you want to get out your favourite Christmas Carols/Songs CD and sing along afterwards. The script is mostly witty, if more amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, and the story has a lot of charm and heart to it. The three best assets were the terrific characters, Arthur in particular, makes such a big impression with his likability and his wonderful jumper and I hope to see more of him in the future, the voice cast with a spirited James McAvoy, a jovial Jim Broadbent and a truly inspired Bill Nighy and the real sense of occasion, watching this movie you actually feel that it's Christmas. All in all, colourful and entertaining, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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