Arthur Christmas

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Take a trip to the North Pole and discover exactly how Santa Claus makes Christmas magic happen every year in this imaginative comedy for the entire family. Produced by Aardman Features in association with Sony Pictures Animation, this fun-filled holiday film introduces viewers to Santa's mischievous son Arthur, who races to complete an important mission in time to ensure that this year's Christmas celebrations will go off without a hitch.
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Take a trip to the North Pole and discover exactly how Santa Claus makes Christmas magic happen every year in this imaginative comedy for the entire family. Produced by Aardman Features in association with Sony Pictures Animation, this fun-filled holiday film introduces viewers to Santa's mischievous son Arthur, who races to complete an important mission in time to ensure that this year's Christmas celebrations will go off without a hitch.
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Special Features

Un-wrapping Arthur Christmas: Learn more about the Claus family, Santa's elves and the heartwarming story!; Elf Recruitment Video; Progression Reels - Discover how filmmakers created characters and scenes from the film
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
For the sake of clarity, please note that the film Arthur Christmas has nothing to do with Arthur Bach, the cheerful but lovelorn multimillionaire alcoholic played by Dudley Moore and more recently by Russell Brand, or Arthur Read, the anthropomorphic aardvark whose animated exploits were the basis of a long-running PBS cartoon series. The titular character in Arthur Christmas is instead a well-meaning but profoundly clumsy young man who is trying to make good in the family business, which happens to be spreading joy and good will during the holiday season. Arthur Christmas is a seasonal offering from Aardman Animations, the British studio best known for bringing us the adventures of Wallace & Gromit, and while the film's digital animation boasts a good bit more gloss than Aardman's best-known work, it's also a clever, witty comedy that adds a welcome edge of sly humor to a story with no small amount of Yuletide sentimentality. In short, it's a smart, rollicking good time. Arthur Christmas begins with a child composing a letter to Santa Claus that asks many of the questions that confound children when they start working out the logic of Father Christmas and his annual toy delivery: How old is Santa? How does he get into the house? How does he cover the entire world in one night? What happens to all those snacks left for Santa and his reindeer? And how is it he never misses a house? The film then presents a crash course in the complex nature of Santa's operations, as we watch him travel around the world in a high-tech airship while delivering the gifts with the help of an army of elves whose skills resemble a cross between ninjas and a SWAT team. These days, Santa is the commander and figurehead of the operation, and it's a job that's been handed down through the family -- the current Santa voice of Jim Broadbent, who has been at the helm for 70 years, took over from his father, Grandsanta voice of Bill Nighy. And as Santa loses interest in the work, the heir apparent is his son Steve voice of Hugh Laurie, who has the physique of a bodybuilder and the business sense of a Fortune 500 CEO. Steve has a younger brother named Arthur voice of James McAvoy, an overeager geek with a handful of phobias and a habit of being in the way, who's been relegated to a lowly task in the North Pole's mailroom. But while Steve is a genius when it comes to technology and organization, he's not all that interested in Christmas and doesn't like children. Arthur, on the other hand, truly loves the holiday and understands the power of a child's faith. When an error in the delivery system results in one present not being delivered, Santa and Steve are willing to write off the mistake, but Arthur is horrified at the notion of a child being let down. After his dad and his brother try to wash their hands of the matter, Arthur teams up with Grandsanta to make the trip from the North Pole to a small town in the U.K.; they use the sleigh and reindeer that Steve abandoned as impractical years ago, and have some unexpected help from Bryony voice of Ashley Jensen, a Scottish elf who's a genius at wrapping. With the exception of Pixar, no animation studio working today delivers more consistently enjoyable films than the folks at Aardman, and while they cut their teeth with the plasticine adventures of Wallace & Gromit and the birds of Chicken Run, Aardman demonstrated they could embrace computer animation and not lose the distinctive feel and personality of their work with 2006's underappreciated Flushed Away. Arthur Christmas was produced in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation, and they clearly brought plenty of technical expertise to the project, which looks marvelous particularly in 3D. But this feels like an Aardman movie in every respect, from the playfully eccentric character designs and richly detailed backgrounds, to the very British slant of the humor and the wealth of in-jokes and references to films both familiar and obscure. Sarah Smith, a top British comedy writer, makes her directorial debut with Arthur Christmas, and as one might expect, she has plenty of fun with the not-always-smooth familial relationships between Santa and his kin and she draws excellent performances from the voice cast. But she also does a splendid job with the film's visuals, delivering some impressive action sequences and milking Grandsanta's chaotic voyage for all its worth. Smith and co-screenwriter Peter Baynham perform a delicate balancing act between the film's dry, sometimes prickly comedy and the genuine warmth of the more sentimental moments, and they pull it off with flying colors: This is a story with a heart that's warm but never sappy, and a comedy that's smart but never arrogant about it. In a season unexpectedly full of quality family films, Arthur Christmas may have to fight for the attention it deserves, but if there was ever an example of a film that's a crowd-pleaser without talking down to its audience, this is it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • UPC: 043396409750
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 11,664

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James McAvoy Voice Only
Hugh Laurie Voice Only
Bill Nighy Voice Only
Jim Broadbent Voice Only
Imelda Staunton Voice Only
Ashley Jensen Voice Only
Marc Wootton Voice Only
Laura Linney Voice Only
Eva Longoria Voice Only
Ramona Marquez Voice Only
Michael Palin Voice Only
Sanjeev Bhaskar Voice Only
Robbie Coltrane Voice Only
Joan Cusack Voice Only
Rhys Darby Voice Only
Jane Horrocks Voice Only
Iain McKee Voice Only
Andy Serkis Voice Only
Dominic West Voice Only
Peter Baynham Voice Only
Cody Cameron Voice Only
Kevin Cecil Voice Only
Kevin Eldon Voice Only
Rich Fulcher Voice Only
Bronagh Gallagher Voice Only
Pete Jack Voice Only
Danny John-Jules Voice Only
Emma Kennedy Voice Only
Stewart Lee Voice Only
Seamus Malone Voice Only
Kris Pearn Voice Only
Alan Short Voice Only
Sarah Smith Voice Only
Adam Tandy Voice Only
Miggie Donahoe Voice Only
Finlay Duff Voice Only
Rich Hall Voice Only
Clint Dyer Voice Only
Donnie Long Voice Only
Jerry Lambert Voice Only
Deborah Findlay Voice Only
David Schneider Voice Only
Ian Ashpitel Voice Only
Julia Davis Voice Only
Kerry Shale Voice Only
Tamsin Greig Voice Only
Alistair McGowan Voice Only
Technical Credits
Sarah Smith Director, Screenwriter
Aardman Animations Animator
Olivier Adam Art Director
Chris Baker Set Decoration/Design
Peter Baynham Screenwriter
John Carnochan Editor
Oliver Carroll Set Decoration/Design
Peter Chan Set Decoration/Design
Peter Chan Set Decoration/Design
Fran├žois-Xavier Chanioux Set Decoration/Design
James Cooper Editor
Sarah Crowe Casting
Greg Fangeaux Set Decoration/Design
Matthieu Gosselin Set Decoration/Design
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Sony Pictures Imageworks Animator
Chris Juen Co-producer
Peter Lord Producer
David Mackie Sound Editor
Alexei Nechytaylo Art Director
Steve Pegram Producer
Dan Quarnstrom Set Decoration/Design
Matthew Savage Set Decoration/Design
Carla Shelley Producer
Michael Shorten Set Decoration/Design
David Sproxton Producer
Joseph Stracey Sound Editor
Evgeni Tomov Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Arthur Christmas
1. Scene 1 [4:37]
2. Scene 2 [4:14]
3. Scene 3 [7:34]
4. Scene 4 [3:21]
5. Scene 5 [3:34]
6. Scene 6 [5:35]
7. Scene 7 [4:29]
8. Scene 8 [5:52]
9. Scene 9 [5:22]
10. Scene 10 [8:03]
11. Scene 11 [5:59]
12. Scene 12 [7:11]
13. Scene 13 [7:48]
14. Scene 14 [6:47]
15. Scene 15 [3:49]
16. Scene 16 [5:21]
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Disc #1 -- Arthur Christmas
   Play Movie
         English Audio Descriptive Service
         Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Un-wrapping Arthur Christmas
      Progression Reels
         Play All
            Arthur Christmas Unwrapped
            Arthur's Office
      Elf Recruitment Video
      Hotel Transylvania
      The Pirates! Band of Misfits
      The Smurfs
      12 Dogs Of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue
      The Swan Princess Christmas
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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    A Christmas Classic

    New Christmas classics are hard to find but this surely is one. Great jokes, likable story and all excellent acting by all involved.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

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    This movie was great. We bought it on black Friday on a whim an

    This movie was great. We bought it on black Friday on a whim and were so happy we did. It was such a cute movie with a great story.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

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    An Instant Christmas Favorite!

    I have to say that I LOVED this movie. Its definitely going to become a Christmas Classic in my house right alongside "Home Alone" 1 & 2, "Eloise at Christmastime" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

    This movie mixes magic with technology, showing how Santa has had to evolve with the generations to keep up with a growing society. It answers all those questions kids ask like "How can he visit every house around the world in one night?"

    Loved it!!

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