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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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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Murray were considered for the role of Santa. See more »

Goofs

Sunrise in Trelew on 25 December is 08:18 not 07:39. See more »

Quotes

Santa: [Santa drops from the S-1 and lands on a roof] Ho-Ho-Ho!
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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 »

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Featured in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Arthur Christmas (2011) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (as James Lord Pierpont)
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Delightfully charming
19 November 2011 | by Scrooge-3See all my reviews

Arthur Claus (James McAvoy) is the bumbling son of the reigning Santa, Malcolm Claus (Jim Broadbent). Arthur is relegated to the Letter Department where he can presumably do no damage. Arthur's brother Steve (Hugh Laurie) is the heir apparent to the title of Santa. Steve is handsome, confident, and in charge of the North Pole command center that monitors Santa's gift-giving flight around the world. The film opens with a bravura set piece showing how Santa is able to stop in millions of homes in one night. Hint: he has the help of thousands of elves.

When Arthur discovers that one gift was accidentally undelivered, he becomes determined to get it to the unfortunate girl before Christmas sunrise. Even with the help of his retired grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and a perky elf (Ashley Jensen) from the Wrapping Department, can Arthur travel around the world in time?

There have been many movies over the years where Christmas must be saved from disaster, but Arthur Christmas has a very creative take on it. From the opening scene where it's established that Santa is really a dynasty through the centuries, a title handed down from father to son, to the paramilitary operation to get millions of presents delivered in one night, to the misadventures of Arthur and his grandsanta as they try to make sure one little girl is not disappointed, Arthur Christmas is fun, creative, and original. Produced by Aardman Animations in association with Sony Pictures Animation, this CGI animated film delivers Aardman's distinct brand of quirky humor and style.

The art direction maintains the slightly skewed look of an Aardman claymation film. The character designs are asymmetric and the surface textures are realistic yet bold. The North Pole command center and Santa's high-tech sleigh are clean and modern.

Sometimes celebrity voice talent backfires, but here it works beautifully, the English accents lending a sense of gravity that heightens the silliness. Bill Nighy is particularly good, conveying wisdom that is tinged with resentment of the modern gift-delivery methods his son and grandson use.

Arthur Christmas is a funny, heartwarming, and poignant look at the Santa Claus mythos, adding a family dynamic that will resonate with children and adults. I expect Arthur Christmas will become a joyful holiday favorite for years to come.


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