Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Peter Baynham & Sarah Smith
Steve Pegram & Chris Juen
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.
"Arthur Christmas" takes the viewer on an imaginative ride to the North Pole and beyond! It features great production values and a talented cast. This movie makes the point that Christmas is a season about giving and it does so in style!
The "mission" is to make sure that Christmas goes off without a hitch and that every child receives a present. We have Grandsanta, who is retired, Malcolm, the current Santa Claus, and his two sons Steve and Arthur. Steve expects to be the next Santa as he is the one who makes sure the mission each year is completed efficiently and on time.
When it is learned that a young girl in England, Gwen, didn't receive her gift, a bicycle which she claims will "prove" to her friend that Santa really exists, it is up to Santa to make sure she gets it before Christmas morning. But which Santa will it be? Grandsanta, Malcolm, Steve and Arthur all become involved but it is Arthur who is the catalyst and who has the "heart" for young Gwen, and who refuses to allow her to be discouraged by not receiving a gift Christmas morning.
The 3D is spectacular, the jokes are plentiful and the animation jumps off the screen in vivid action. Enjoy several fun characters, especially Arthur. 'Tis the season to be Arthur, er...jolly. See "Arthur Christmas" with your family and celebrate the spirit of Christmas this holiday season. We are pleased to award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to this movie and for all ages to boot.
Content Description: Sex: None Language: "Idiot"-1; Bloody-1; "Ninny"-1; "Buttocks"-1; One elf says children are "stupid" but that is not the common opinion nor the theme in this movie. Violence: When some lions and cubs attack the sleigh, one character offers an elf to the lions in their place but the entire group remains safe; a man shoots at Santa and the sleigh but everyone is all right; a lion is hit with a stick; the flying sleigh catches a tree branch but no one is hurt. Drugs: A toast with a drink and it is not clear what the drink is. Nudity: None Other: A boy cries who thinks he is going to have a bicycle taken from him; some family tensions which are settled.