Sunday, December 11, 2011

Arthur Christmas - Movie Review


Starring the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Ashley Jensen.  Directed by Sarah Smith.

Here's the hundredth take on how the North Pole really works, and what do you know, it has some fresh ideas.

Santa is a title that has passed from father to son for over 1500 years like a monarchy. As the world's population expanded, so has Santa's operation, and now with his army of elves and high-tech spaceship, he is still able to cover all the children of the world in one night.

The current Santa has had his 70th Christmas, a jolly good run. His oldest son Steve, the heir apparent, is a militant efficiency machine. His younger son Arthur is a clumsy, well-meaning kid with his heart in the right place. When one child's present is not delivered, Steve argues the percentages, Santa accepts it, and Arthur is appalled. "No child left behind." So Arthur makes a deal with his Grandsanta to deliver the present on their own.

I like the idea of a royal Santa line, and the issues the movie raises with grandparents, parents and children. It's also pretty funny. It's from Aardman, the studio behind Wallace & Gromit and Flushed Away, and it has that British edge to the humor.

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