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Santa and his elite elf team use spy-like stunts to deliver billions of presents to all the world's children in one incredible night. So what does it mean if only one child gets left without a present? Everything! Now it is up to Santa's youngest son Arthur to fix this slip up and make good on the promise of Christmas. With the help of retired Grandsanta and a rebellious young elf, Arthur's on a last-second ride to give the final gift and bring wonder back to the holiday season. Deck the halls with thrills, excitement and fun in this instant Christmas classic!
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 142
- Fresh: 129
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Like most of Aardman's work ... [it's] more clever than outright funny, but it's also genuinely sweet, and the complicated relations among Santa's clan are surprisingly believable
Fresh: It's a lovely bit of work.
Fresh: The surprise gift of the season: a sharp, savvy holiday comedy that doesn't get its laughs at the expense of those who start to glow in the early days of December. It's a most entertaining package indeed.
Fresh: It's busy but buoyant, and it honors the tradition of giving with wit and style.
A FANTASTIC FAMILY FILM FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Aardman Animation continues their winning streak of charming, clever, and imaginative animated films with "Arthur Christmas", a delightful holiday treat that the whole family will enjoy. It's the story of Santa's youngest son Arthur, who discovers that one of the presents his father was supposed to deliver has been missed. So with the help of a retired Grandsanta and a rebellious young elf, Arthur makes it his mission to bring the final gift to the child who deserves it before Christmas morning. What makes "Arthur Christmas" such a massively enjoyable movie isn't just the fact that its story is told from the heart, but its broad humor also succeeds by appealing to viewers of every age. From the visually inventive sight gags to the dry British wit, both kids and their parents can find something to laugh at. Another great thing this film does is give its main characters depth. Santa Claus isn't exactly the holly, jolly man we all think he is. Now that Christmas has moved into the 21st century, his role of hand-delivering gifts to the children of the world has been replaced by a crack team of operative elves who leave presents under the tree without ever making a sound. As a result, Santa has become a sad shell of his former self, eventually deciding to pass down the title of St. Nick to his oldest son Steve. It seems like everybody has forgotten about the true meaning of Christmas except for Arthur, whose eternal love of the holiday makes his mission that much more climactic and significant. At the end of the day, "Arthur Christmas" is easily one of the best holiday films I've seen in a very long time. With its amazing voice work, colorful animation, diverse characters, engaging humor, and surprising emotional strength, this is one animated family movie that's worth seeing at least once. The only downside I can think of is that it comes with a music video for Justin Bieber's cover of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town", but you can always fast-forward through that part.
I love This movies and my favorites christmas film
The movie is one of a best christmas animation film of all time. The animation was amazing, The stroy was great, The characters was great but my 3 favorites characters was Arthur, Bryony the scottish elf and Grandsanta.
Two thumbs up for Arthur christmas.
Even a grown man like myself was taken with the holiday spirit of this film. I'm happy to add it to my collection and it will be a yearly holiday tradition.
- Genre: Kids & Family
- Released: 2011
- © 2011 Sony Pictures Animation Inc. All Rights Reserved.