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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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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 non-sequel/prequel film. 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

Steve: This is Germany, Father. They drive on the right. National dish: sausage.
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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

References The Wrong Trousers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. and Larry Spier Music LLC o/b/o Haven Gillespie Music Publishing
Produced by Christopher Stewart (as C. "Tricky" Stewart) and Aaron Pearce
Vocals produced by Kuk Harrell
Background vocals by Kuk Harrell and Bryan Jackson
Performed by Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber appears courtesy of RBMG/Island/Def Jam Music Group
Contains portions of "ABC"
Written by Fonce Mizell (as Alphonso Mizell), Freddie Perren, Deke Richards and Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy Jr.)
Published by Jobete Music Co., Inc.
Contains portions of "I Want You Back"
Written by Fonce Mizell (as Alphonso Mizell), Freddie Perren, Deke Richards and Berry Gordy (as Berry Gordy Jr.)
Published by Jobete Music Co., Inc.
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A fun, feel good family film
22 November 2011 | by freemantle_ukSee all my reviews

Christmas is a great time of the year. The whole family comes together, children are excited, and joy fills the air. What better way to spend the festive season than seeing a family Christmas movie with your loved ones? Now, Aardman Animations has given us a very joyous movie that should be a Christmas classic for years to come.

Over the years, because of the world's expanding population, Santa Claus' Christmas Night deliveries has become a high-tech military operation, involving thousands of elves and a giant aircraft. Santa Claus' son, Steve (Hugh Laurie), runs logistics and intelligence in the North Pole and is set to become the next Santa Claus. His younger brother, Arthur (James McAvoy), is a very passionate young man who loves the spirit of Christmas, but is a bit of a klutz. Arthur is kept in the mail room to handle all of Santa's letters.

The Christmas delivery seems to be a big success, so much so that Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent) postpones his retirement, much to Steve's annoyance. But the worst thing imaginable has happened, a child has been missed. Steve refuses to delivers one bike because the margin of error was too small, so Arthur and his grandfather (Bill Nighy), who wants to show the old techniques still work, and the dedicated elf Bryony (Ashley Jensen) set out to ensure that one little girl is not the child Santa forgot. But their ambitions result in an adventure around the world as this band of misfits save Christmas for one child.

Like Pixar, Aardman believes that story and character have to come first and they make movies for children and adults alike. The movie is funny throughout, with plenty of the verbal jokes that children and adults will enjoy as well as some really well done physical humour and some slapstick. But this is a movie that understands children and what they want. The premise is simple, but the writing is strong and clever throughout the whole film and there are little touches that give Arthur Christmas that Aardman feel, from the pictures of the previous Santas to Steve's Christmas Tree goatee. Christmas is an exciting time for children and Arthur Christmas is just such a good-natured, fun movie that delivers on that spirit.

Some elements of Arthur Christmas are similar to Elf, mainly that Arthur is a big kid like Buddy who believes in the magic of Christmas. He is also a guy who does not quite fit in the North Pole and given a job that keeps him out of trouble. The score by Harry Gregson-Williams is very much like the score in Elf, particularly the choir, which sounds identical.

This is a cliché, but Arthur Christmas follows the old Hollywood maxim of "you make them laugh, you make them cry." It was filled with colourful, likable characters throughout that you will end up caring for despite their faults and expertly played by a top notch voice cast. I left the cinema with a massive smile on my face.


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