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Arthur Christmas (2011)

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Critic Consensus: Aardman Animations broadens their humor a bit for Arthur Christmas, a clever and earnest holiday film with surprising emotional strength.

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The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last 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 heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - 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. -- (C) Sony Pictures
Rating:
PG (for some mild rude humor)
Genre:
Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Box Office:
$46,440,491.00
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Cast

James McAvoy
as Arthur
Hugh Laurie
as Steve
Bill Nighy
as Grandsanta
Imelda Staunton
as Mrs. Santa
Ashley Jensen
as Bryony
Laura Linney
as North Pole Computer
Eva Longoria
as Chief De Silva
Michael Palin
as Ernie Clicker
Sanjeev Bhaskar
as Lead Elf
Robbie Coltrane
as Lead Elf
Joan Cusack
as Lead Elf
Rhys Darby
as Lead Elf
Jane Horrocks
as Lead Elf
Iain McKee
as Lead Elf
Andy Serkis
as Lead Elf
Dominic West
as Lead Elf
Finlay Duff
as French Boy
Rich Hall
as Idaho Man
Clint Dyer
as Reporter
Donnie Long
as Reporter
Jerry Lambert
as N.O.R.A.D.
Ian Ashpitel
as UNFITA OPS
Julia Davis
as UNFITA OPS
Kerry Shale
as UNFITA OPS
Tamsin Greig
as Additional Voices
Alistair McGowan
as Additional Voices
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Critic Reviews for Arthur Christmas

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (34)

This witty, handsomely appointed 3-D animated feature is the most delightful Santa biopic since Edmund Gwenn donned the fat suit.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor.

Full Review… | December 5, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's busy but buoyant, and it honors the tradition of giving with wit and style.

Full Review… | December 5, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

The action is swift and witty, and the 3-D effects are imaginative and not simply tacked on as with so many animated movies these days.

Full Review… | December 2, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The movie fails utterly at coming up with a story that merits all the eye candy.

Full Review… | November 25, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

With a clever script that successfully updates many Christmas myths and dialogue that crackles with sophisticated wit, this movie offers the kind of pre-holiday experience that parents and children alike will appreciate.

Full Review… | November 24, 2011
ReelViews
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Arthur Christmas

½

Inventive Brit bit about the life at the North Pole where the Claus family is at odds with one another, each with their own particular and opposing viewpoints. Can they leave their differences and unite to save Christmas? Of course they do, its a Christmas movie f'cryingoutloud. The fun is in the getting there, and there's plenty of that here. You will believe a reindeer can fly. No, really. They can. Its how Santa gets around. Whatta you mean you don't believe?!?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Humor, wit and humanity abound in this bright Christmas gem. It's a wonderfully innovative Christmas story with fantastic animation and great voice talent. I found it quite enjoyable.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Though lacking the technical wizardry of other contemporary animated movies, Arthur Christmas is tightly scripted, creative and witty in surprising ways (which itself is unsurprising given the Aardman legacy), and emotionally sophisticated. Likely the best under-the-radar animated movie of the last several years.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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