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Arthur Christmas
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 12 December 2011 20:35

Arthur ChristmasAardman Animation, that's the same animation studio that brought us British greats Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, is pretty much a sure fire bet when it comes to fun and unique animated films. Arthur Christmas is no exception and is sure to become a new holiday favorite for all ages.

The story centers around a good-natured but clumsy guy named Arthur (James McAvoy) who just happens to be the youngest son of Santa Clause! He adores his father, even though dear old dad is pretty busy making other kids happy at Christmas, and wants nothing more than to make Santa proud. Arthurs brother Steve (Hugh Laurie) is in line to become the next Santa, even though he treats Christmas like a military operation and runs the elves like a drill seargent. He's not a bad guy, just a little too serious to inherit the job of "jolly old elf".

Arthur himselfAfter another successful and (thanks to Steve) efficient Christmas Eve, Arthur realizes that one child has been missed! A little girl named Gwen who truly believed in Santa Clause was going to wake up the next day and think she was the only child he didn't care about. After a lot of discouragement from Steve, Arthur and his Grandsanta, together with a spirited little elf named Bryony, ride off in the antique sleigh to deliver that last gift no matter what the odds.

Brother SteveArthur Christmas is a charming and clever holiday film that has a sharp script and lots of laughs for everyone. The animation is bright and colorful, with lots of fun characters to keep things rolling. I would highly recommend this film if you want some quality entertainment to get your whole family into the holiday spirit.


Directed by Sarah Smith, Starring the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Ashley Jensen.

The film was originally announced in 2007 under the title Operation Rudolph.

Justin Bieber's music video Santa Clause is Coming to Town is shown shown before the film, and the song plays during the end credits. Just a warning that you might want to show up late and leave early if you don't want "Bieber Fever" for the holidays.