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.
Excerpt: Christmas movies are a dime a dozen. Most are anywhere from terrible ( Fred Claus ) to mediocre ( Home Alone ) to absolutely batnuts bizarre ( Santa Claus Conquers the Martians ). Only a few can be considered true classics: A Christmas Carol , It's a Wonderful Life , A Christmas Story . It's the rare holiday movie that touches both your funny bone and your heartstrings. Does Arthur Christmas measure up? Let's find out.
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.
Summary: You bring a genuine aura of seasonal positivity. Arthur Christmas delivers a delightful display of holiday hurrah, a bundle of joyous Christmas spirit, and the gift of laughter, all wrapped up in beautiful animation and world-class voice work. Sony Pictures Animation sometimes seems like the forgotten studio behind DreamWorks Animation and Pixar, but their stock should rise with what may be the most entertaining and heartfelt Christmas movie of the past few years.
Summary: Ultimately, how much you enjoy “Arthur Christmas” will come down to how you react to the military aspect, and whether you think the razzle-dazzle animation is enough to compensate for a plot that can feel a little too familiar.
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.