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Arthur Christmas (2011)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Drama  |  23 November 2011 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur (voice)
Steve (voice)
Grandsanta (voice)
Santa (voice)
Mrs Santa (voice)
Bryony (voice)
Peter (voice)
Chief De Silva (voice)
Gwen (voice)
Ernie Clicker (voice)
Lead Elf (voice)
Lead Elf (voice)
Lead Elf (voice)
Lead Elf (voice)


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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Release Date:

23 November 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arthur Christmas in 3D  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Script writer Peter Baynham, born in Cardiff, Wales, included a reference to an obscure bit of Welsh history in his script, with Mimosa Avenue in Trelew. In 1865, about 150 Welsh emigrants sailed on the ship Mimosa to Patagonia, Argentina. They founded a town called Trelew, where there is now a street called Mimosa, after the ship. Baynham postulated an avenue by that name in Trelew, Cornwall, to complete the confusion between the two locations. (The movie's placement of Trelew in Mexico, instead of Argentina, is apparently an error.) See more »


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 »


Arthur: [Using the flashlights on his Christmas slippers to read the letter from Gwen after discovering that the missed present was the bike for Gwen Hines] It just can't be, It can't be, just can't be, it j-j-j-just CAN'T BE!
Grandsanta: [Overhearing the commotion] What is all this fuss about, Young man?
Arthur: Grandsanta, It is this little girl, She has been missed!
Grandsanta: Ha-Ha! So much for your brother's fancy-pants technology!
Arthur: Back there, Steven's dad but that's impossible!
Grandsanta: Is it now? Missed a child? Dear, Oh Dear, it sends ...
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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 »


References Shaun the Sheep (2007) See more »


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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