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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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All elf breaks loose 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

This is the first Sony Pictures Animation's Christmas film, followed by The Star (2017). See more »

Goofs

Steve's tablet states that he has completed Hungary. However, according to Hungarian tradition, Santa visits Hungarian children in the night of 5 December, and Little Jesus brings gifts to them already in the evening of Christmas Eve. See more »

Quotes

Santa: [Santa, Mrs Santa & Steve have arrived in Trelew on the S-1] Trelew! Out with the Old, In with the New!
Mrs. Santa: [Holding Santa's Hand] Well Done, Dear!
Santa: [Back on the Bridge of the S-1 as Steve has gone to give Gwen what we believe to be another version of the bike] Poor Arthur! He tried so hard! He slumped again!
Mrs. Santa: Off course not, Dear! We are here! The little girl will get her present! I think he has done rather Splendidly!
Santa: [Exclaiming] My Margaret!
Steve: [...]
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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 Projector: Arthur Christmas (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
Great Family Christmas Movie
19 November 2011 | by StertzesSee 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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