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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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Cast

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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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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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Trivia

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 »

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

Arthur: [the sleigh is flying across Toronto, it traverses across a curved building and people inside see it] They can see us!
Grandsanta: Well, pull the camouflage lever!
Grandsanta: [Arthur pulls the wrong lever and the sleigh transforms into something that looks like a steam locomotive] Not that one, that's a steam train!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Classic Reviews: Surf's Up (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
Written by Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber (as Franz Xaver Gruber) and John Freeman Young
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User Reviews

 
Great Family Christmas Movie
19 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the best kind of family movie -- fast-paced, lots of fun, entertaining for elementary age, middle schoolers, and parents, and with NO bad words or sexual innuendo.

We loved Arthur, Bryony, and Grandsanta especially, as they were the most developed and important characters, and as a mom I appreciated the morals of this story -- every single person matters, never give up, and sometimes old-school is better. Plus, technology is still good and yes, customer service and people skills do matter!

I loved it, my husband loved it and our 8 and 11 year olds loved it. We saw it in 3D that mostly felt 2D, so the 3D in this one didn't pop for us (like it did in Puss in Boots) but maybe it was just nicely subtle -- sometimes the attempt to make things come of the screen is over the top. But I don't remember ANYTHING coming at us this time, so this is probably just as good in 2D.

Bottom line: very enjoyable, good messages, lots of twists and fun humor ... Definitely worth seeing and owning!


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