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Arthur Christmas (shown in 2D and 3D) is the first venture into directing a film by Sarah Smith. The film is also co-produced by Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run) which is the first time these two animation producers have created a film together.
Arthur Christmas is the tale of a boy who does not seem to fit in with his family. Arthur (James McAvoy) is one of the descendents of Saint Nicholas himself, and he, along with his brother Steve (Hugh Laurie), Santa (Jim Broadbent) and Grand Santa (Bill Nighy) set out every year on Christmas day to deliver the hopes and wishes of children everywhere.
This film is set in the 21st Century with a brand new sleigh resembling a ship from Star Wars. Arthur has been confined to taking care of the letters to Santa, as he is seen as inept to carry out any other duty. The story begins on Christmas day, on what seems to be the last mission of the current Santa before he hands the proverbial reins to the assumed next in line, Steve.
All that has been assumed is quickly turned into chaos, as the elves discover something is not quite right at the end of their mission. Grand Santa and Arthur decide to take matters into their own hands, and use the old sleigh to make everything right in the world. This results in much mayhem, mischief and misunderstandings, as Grand Santa and Arthur find themselves flying all over the world with Prancer and Co. with some monumental catastrophes.
The determined attitude of Steve, the crazy old man Grand Santa and the boyhood dreams of Arthur provide the audience with what can only be described as one of the most enjoyable Christmas movies in years. The sheer brilliance of what has come to fruition in this movie is a true testament to the work done by the writers and director.
This is a family movie, portraying several different messages for children, providing enough witty jokes to keep the adults entertained while the kids are falling off their seats in pure delight over the stupidity on display by the elves or Grand Santa. This film hits the nail on the head, think of full family enjoyment like Shrek, it really just does have enough substance to keep everyone interested throughout. I would suggest this film, without fear of disappointment, to anyone who wants to get in the Christmas mood for December.
I give this film 4/5, as it brought me back to my childhood memories of Christmas movies quicker than you can say Santa Claus.