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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.

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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:
... Arthur (voice)
... Steve (voice)
... Grandsanta (voice)
... Santa (voice)
... Mrs Santa (voice)
... Bryony (voice)
... Peter (voice)
... North Pole Computer (voice)
... Chief De Silva (voice)
... Gwen (voice)
... Ernie Clicker (voice)
... Lead Elf (voice)
... Lead Elf (voice)
... Lead Elf (voice)
... 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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Release Date:

23 November 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arthur Christmas in 3D  »

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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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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

When Arthur saves Gwen's drawing from the fire the top left corner is burnt away. When he reaches Trelew he looks at the drawing and it is whole again. See more »

Quotes

North Pole Computer: [Before the Closing credits roll] And may One Hundred Percent of your Christmases be White!
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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

Featured in Great MoVie Mistakes (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

White Christmas
Written by Irving Berlin
Published by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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90% Good.
13 January 2012 | by 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'.

9/10


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