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Arthur Christmas (2011)



Critic Consensus: Aardman Animations broadens their humor a bit for Arthur Christmas, a clever and earnest holiday film with surprising emotional strength.

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The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. -- (C) Sony Pictures

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Bill Nighy
as Grandsanta
Imelda Staunton
as Mrs. Santa
Laura Linney
as North Pole Computer
Eva Longoria
as Chief De Silva
Michael Palin
as Ernie Clicker
Joan Cusack
as Lead Elf
Rhys Darby
as Lead Elf
Jane Horrocks
as Lead Elf
Iain McKee
as Lead Elf
Andy Serkis
as Lead Elf
Dominic West
as Lead Elf
Finlay Duff
as French Boy
Rich Hall
as Idaho Man
Clint Dyer
as Reporter
Donnie Long
as Reporter
Jerry Lambert
as N.O.R.A.D.
Ian Ashpitel
Julia Davis
Kerry Shale
Tamsin Greig
as Additional Voices
Alistair McGowan
as Additional Voices
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Critic Reviews for Arthur Christmas

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (51)

Parents may shed a nostalgic tear or two, while their children can enjoy spotting all the witty visual details.

December 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's disarming, imaginative and genuinely funny.

December 14, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This witty, handsomely appointed 3-D animated feature is the most delightful Santa biopic since Edmund Gwenn donned the fat suit.

December 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The settings, especially on the North Pole, are deliciously intricate and the characters understatedly quirky.

February 17, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Original and inspired, this joyful animated frolic is seriously entertaining, audiences of all ages sure to eat up its heartwarming Yule-tied message of family, resilience and togetherness that's as touching as it is wonderful.

January 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A witty and beautifully designed animated film.

December 5, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arthur Christmas


Inventive Brit bit about the life at the North Pole where the Claus family is at odds with one another, each with their own particular and opposing viewpoints. Can they leave their differences and unite to save Christmas? Of course they do, its a Christmas movie f'cryingoutloud. The fun is in the getting there, and there's plenty of that here. You will believe a reindeer can fly. No, really. They can. Its how Santa gets around. Whatta you mean you don't believe?!?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Humor, wit and humanity abound in this bright Christmas gem. It's a wonderfully innovative Christmas story with fantastic animation and great voice talent. I found it quite enjoyable.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Though lacking the technical wizardry of other contemporary animated movies, Arthur Christmas is tightly scripted, creative and witty in surprising ways (which itself is unsurprising given the Aardman legacy), and emotionally sophisticated. Likely the best under-the-radar animated movie of the last several years.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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