Excerpt: It's another Christmas Eve and Santa Claus (voiced by Jim Broadbent) has successfully made his rounds, delivering presents to millions of boys and girls. When his son Arthur (James McAvoy), who has been exiled in the North Pole mailroom, discovers that one little girl didn't receive a gift, he goes on race against the clock with the aged former Santa (Bill Nighy) and an ambitious elf (Ashley Jensen) to get the girl her present before dawn.
Conclusion: I love this little movie. It feels destined to become a Christmas classic. One that kids will want to watch year after year, and parents won't mind because there are just as many jokes in there for them as there are for the little ones. 'Arthur Christmas' provides a whole lot of clever fun in a genre where movies routinely aim for lowest common denominator kind of stuff.
Conclusion: Arthur Christmas takes a stab at answering all of the usual Santa Claus questions -- does he exist, how does he deliver presents, how does he keep it all organized, how many elves are there, what does he do when he retires, who takes over for him after all the years -- and approaches them all with resounding joy, visual delights, and heartfelt honesty.
Excerpt: It's hard to make a good and original Christmas movie, but damn near impossible to put a fresh spin on Santa, his elves or the North Pole. We live in a world in which Vince Vaughn played Santa's slacker brother and there were two sequels to The Santa Clause ; you'd think everything hip or new to be said about Santa was already out there.
Excerpt: Aardman Animation’s appeal has long been rooted in its homemade craftsmanship. In the studio’s classic Wallace & Gromit shorts, it’s possible to see the thumbprints of the animators who lovingly transform lumps of clay into twee perfection. So when the studio started to incorporate computer animation in the past decade, fans grew concerned.