Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas

Sarah Smith (2) (2011)

U Certificate


Our Score
This seasonal animated offering from Aardman has all the hallmarks of being a perennial festive favourite. James McAvoy voices gangly young Arthur, who is overcome by enthusiasm for the gift-giving season, as his father, the current Santa (Jim Broadbent), slowly creeps towards retirement. But the hi-tech operation to deliver billions of presents in one night comes unstuck when it's discovered that one little girl hasn't received anything, which prompts Arthur and the irascible Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) to leap into action and do things the old-fashioned way. Terrific characters and a wonderful mashup of old and new holiday traditions give this family feast a real sense of occasion, while the animation is inspired and breathtakingly inventive. Sadly, the script by Peter Baynham does tend to meander in the middle, and this is likely to make younger viewers rather restless. However, our titular hero, with his wonderful holiday jumper, makes a big impression in his colourful film debut.


Santa Claus' gift-giving routine has developed into a complex hi-tech operation. However, when one girl is accidentally missed out, his youngest son Arthur takes control of the family sleigh to deliver her gifts the old-fashioned way - but following in his father's footsteps is not as easy as it looks. Animated comedy, with the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy.

Cast & Crew

Arthur James McAvoy
Steve Hugh Laurie
Santa Jim Broadbent
Grandsanta Bill Nighy
Mrs Santa Imelda Staunton
Bryony Ashley Jensen
Santa elf 1 Matt Lucas
Santa elf 2 Johnny Brennan
American James Will Sasso
Gwen Ramona Marquez
Director Sarah Smith (2)
Director Barry Cook
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Nov 2011
Comedy Drama Children's