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Arthur Christmas (2011)

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Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Directors:

Sarah Smith, Barry Cook (co-director)

Writers:

Peter Baynham (screenplay), Sarah Smith (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Arthur (voice)
Hugh Laurie ... Steve (voice)
Bill Nighy ... Grandsanta (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Santa (voice)
Imelda Staunton ... Mrs Santa (voice)
Ashley Jensen ... Bryony (voice)
Marc Wootton ... Peter (voice)
Laura Linney ... North Pole Computer (voice)
Eva Longoria ... Chief De Silva (voice)
Ramona Marquez ... Gwen (voice)
Michael Palin ... Ernie Clicker (voice)
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Lead Elf (voice)
Robbie Coltrane ... Lead Elf (voice)
Joan Cusack ... Lead Elf (voice)
Rhys Darby ... 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur Christmas in 3D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,112,516 (United Kingdom), 13 November 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,068,931, 18 November 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,462,469

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,419,472
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 re-summons the sleigh with the help of Grandsanta, Grandsanta takes his sleigh, Evie with Arthur & Bryony, up into space to get a clear map of the world in order to find Trelew, they are only wearing breathing masks. If Arthur, Grandsanta & Bryony were beyond Earth's atmosphere without any protective astronaut clothing they would be completely exposed to lethal doses of radiation from the sun and their body fluids would fizz and bubble if they was wearing Santa & Winter Jacket clothes, even if they were just up there for a few minutes. See more »

Quotes

Arthur: This is where they keep the lions!
Grandsanta: They won't eat me. I'm Santa!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in 3D version. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

We'll Meet Again
Written by Hugh Charles and Ross Parker
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.
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User Reviews

 
A fresh take on Christmas
17 December 2011 | by Pkinyanjui91See all my reviews

Arthur Christmas is a lovely family fun film that delivers that feel good factor together with good humor. It has that balance between kid movie and adult friendly atmosphere too. The premise of the movie is how Christmas has changed over the years but after all those changes some of the values of Christmas have been forgotten. Arthur(James Mcavoy)is a goofy but altogether lovable character, Bill Nighy as grandsanta delivers punchlines and old school views which lighten the movie greatly. Hugh Laurie is also brilliant as Steve. the cast was great and the story heartwarming. i would definitely recommend this movie for anyone with a sense of humor, it'll surely be a hit with the kids,both small and large.


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