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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Operation Santa Claus is coming to town! 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

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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James McAvoy played Mr Tumnus and Jim Broadbent played Professor Kirke in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), whose musical score was also composed by Harry Gregson-Williams. See more »

Goofs

After Arthur hooks on to the upside-down turned sleigh, it takes him over a minute to get it under control and make a U-turn, but less than 15 seconds to make it come to a full stop. Thus it couldn't possibly have returned to where the boat was, and crash on top of it. See more »

Quotes

Bryony: When you put the address into the Ho-Ho what did you see?
Arthur: [Realising they are in Mexico after seeing a poster saying "El Burrito de Mexico" and seeing everything written in Spanish] I Saw a list of Trelews, I Just clicked on the first one!
Bryony: Which was not Trelew, England! We're in the Wrong Trelew!
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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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Featured in The Big Picture: November 2011 (2011) See more »

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Old MacDonald Had A Farm
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A different kind of Christmas...
19 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I want to give this a 7, but its originality boosts it to an 8.

The story is predictable, but fun, but the tri-planar nature (Father-Father-Son) of the piece with off shoots of wife, mother, brother and friend, mean this is truly a film about a family Christmas.

Nothing unexpected happens, but I found myself laughing and egging Arthur on all the way! A film that succeeds in entertaining children and, in making the older viewers feel the onset of rosy and sometimes, emotional family nostalgia.

A more original plot may have blunted the message, but would also have engaged my brain.

Regardless, well done! A good Christmas film to add to the ranks.


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