The second computer animated film from Aardman, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit and Flushed Away (2006), focuses on the titular son of Santa as he attempts to deliver a misplaced present before the sun rises on Christmas Day. Bumbling Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) is part of a lineage of Santas who operate out of a militaristic, high tech toy factory on the North Pole. Ignored by his father and no-nonsense brother/likely heir to the mantle, Arthur’s honest appreciation for the holiday leads him on a globe-spanning adventure accompanied by his senile grandfather and an annoying elf that specializes in gift wrapping. The whole affair is just as uninspired as it sounds; children should be entertained, adults have seen it all before. Enjoy the pre-show 3D music video for Justin Bieber’s rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
Arthur Christmas opens in Philly-area theaters today.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.