Arthur Christmas

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Arthur Christmas
Genre: Family
Photography: Colour
Running Time: 97 minutes
Country: United States
United Kingdom
Release Date: November 11, 2011 (United Kingdom)
November 23, 2011 (United States)
Directed by: Sarah Smith
Written by: Sarah Smith
Peter Baynham
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Starring: James McAvoy
Hugh Laurie
Jim Broadbent
Bill Nighy
Imelda Staunton
Ashley Jensen

Arthur Christmas is a 2011 British/American Christmas comedy film by Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman.


After Santa (Jim Broadbent) completed his year run of giving presents to kids all over the world, Arthur (James McAvoy) discovers a child has been missed. So it's up to him, Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and one of the elves to save Christmas.

Why It Rocks

  1. The movie gave an excellent example of what the holiday season is really about.
  2. Most of the characters have development and depth into them, like discovering that Santa has lot of ancestors.
  3. The cameos of Pez, Shaun the Sheep and Chop Socky Chooks are nice inclusions
  4. Grandsanta points out how the world has change though out the years. That could be the part that parents can relate to the most.
  5. Arthur reading Gwen's letter and writing her back was heartwarming.
  6. The picture of a young Arthur sitting on his father's lap is also heartwarming.
  7. Really creative writing.
  8. Arthur's slippers and the red sleigh are cool looking.
  9. Great and well-made animation that has a cool art style.
  10. Throughout the film, there aren't any real villains. At first, Steven Claus seemed to be a villain, but he was just a corrupt man.

Bad Qualities

  1. Despite being made by Aardman, the film dosen't contain their typical art style, which is a bit unusual, even if the art style in the film isn't bad at all. However, the film was not animated in stopmotion, or the fact that it was mainly animated by Sony, so the final artstyle we saw was justified, and not many people would consider the artstyle a flaw.


The movie has a 7.2 critic average rating and a 3.9/5 audience average rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


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