Sunday, 4 December 2011

Arthur Christmas Review












Arthur Christmas


Release Date: 24th November 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Aardman Animations
Sony Pictures Animation

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 112 minutes


Budget: $100,000,000

Box Office Gross: $147,419,472
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
This Christmas movie highlights
the technological advances of
operations at the North Pole,
revealing how Santa and his
vast army of highly trained
elves produce gifts and
distribute them around the
world in one night. However,
every operation has a margin
of error... When one of 600
million children to receive a
gift from Santa on Christmas
Eve is missed, it is deemed
"acceptable" to all but one,
Arthur. Arthur Claus is Santa's
misfit son who executes an
unauthorized rookie mission to
get the last present half way
around the globe before
dawn on Christmas morning.


Voice Cast
James McAvoy - Arthur
Hugh Laurie - Steve
Jim Broadbent - Santa
Bill Nighy - Grandsanta
Imelda Staunton - Mrs. Santa
Ashley Jensen - Bryony
Ramona Marquez - Gwen

Crew
Screenplay/Director - Sarah Smith
Screenplay - Peter Baynham
Producer - Steve Pegram
Costume Designer - Yves Barre
Cinematography - Jericca Cleland
Computer Graphic Supervisor - David
Satchwell
Supervising Animator - Alan Short
Film Editors - John Carnochan &
James Cooper
Music - Harry Gregson-Williams


Review
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS is a splendid but funny animated holiday movie featuring a terrific but passionate storyline revealing the huge task lying ahead of Santa and the every increasing pressure that lay on his shoulders to meet the demands of all children. The first half of the movie was a bit of a spin of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE which I think the fans of the series will quite like it. The voice cast of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy was good and I feel their relation to their characters was genuine and you get the sense that they really emphasise the emotion and expression that these characters would experience in this situation.

This is the first Aardman movie since FLUSHED AWAY. It finishes on a happy note, leaving you feeling rewarded by this overall entertaining holiday hit.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


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