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On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa's youngest son looks to use his father's high-tech operation for an urgent mission.

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Arthur (voice)
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Grandsanta (voice)
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Santa (voice)
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Chief De Silva (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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Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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23 November 2011 (USA)  »

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Arthur Christmas in 3D  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$46,440,491 (USA) (6 January 2012)
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The speech that Santa makes referencing his 'dear mother' doing 'all that she does' (at the end of Christmas Eve) is a very striking take on the circa 2013 British monarchy. Mrs Claus looks oddly like Queen Elizabeth II, and Santa acts very like Prince Charles when his claim to the throne is brought up. See more »

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Santa: [in front of the enraptured elves who start cheering] MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Tonight we delivered Two Billion presents, on this my 70th Mission!
[Steve taps the microphone to make sure it is working]
Santa: Oh Thank you! Didn't I just think that sometimes I could not possibly do it all without you! And my splendid Margaret,
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90% Good.
13 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bringing an unconventional twist to the 2011 holiday season is Aardman's 'Arthur Christmas', re-imagining Santa's Christmas operation as a high-tech mission, his wife and two sons employed in delivering the festive season successfully. While his eldest, Steve, handles the reigns in the North Pole headquarters, young Arthur is left responding to the many letters received from children around the world; that is, until a present is mistakenly undelivered.

'Arthur Christmas' has visual, slapstick, adult humour - you name it, they've got it - from start to finish, relentless throughout save for moments of dialogue which Aardman were wise to have cherished (as opposed to a shoehorned joke in their place). The visuals may not be a technical marvel, but the images they depict are; the opening sequence alone manages to evoke the classic 'twist on a world' that is a staple of the standard Pixar feature.

The emotion is pitch-perfect, a subplot detailing the family rivalries that threaten to draw attention away from their annual responsibilities. The film itself is never distressing or upsetting; the character conflicts and their resolution are purely organic, resulting in story progression that truly does feel like the natural course for these characters to take.

Arthur Christmas is more than just pedestrian Christmas fare; it will, in future, become a wonderful companion to classics such as 'Muppets Christmas Carol'.

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