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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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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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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 »


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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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Trivia

When Steve Claus enters Gwen's house, he steps on a small toy sheep which makes a distinct "Baaa" sound. This is a "Shaun the Sheep" toy. Shaun the Sheep is TV show produced by Aardman Productions, the same company behind Arthur Christmas. See more »

Goofs

When the seal enters Santa's North Pole Control Center a bird flies overhead and poops on Steve. The continuation of that scene shows no poop on his suit, and then it reappears a short while later. See more »

Quotes

Steve: Okay, lets show them people, 'Operation Santa Claus is coming to town!'
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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 »

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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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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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