Arthur Christmas (2011)

“The Santas always come through Canada. Nobody lives here. It’s nice and quiet. ” – Grandsanta

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Santa’s son discovers that a child was missed while his father delivered presents and takes on the task of making sure it gets delivered before sunrise.

My Take on it – This is a film that my good friend Jay has been trying to get me to watch for a while and I finally took him up on his challenge when he mentioned it to me last week again. (while we were recording the Die Hard episode for The LAMB’s MOTM.)

I’m actually a bit upset that I never saw this one beforehand  because it was amazing!!

Now, as most of you know, I’m Jewish and I don’t celebrate Christmas, but I’m quite familiar with many aspects of the Holiday based on films, TV shows and of course having grown up in an area where most people did celebrate this festive holiday.

The story of Santa Clause giving presents to kids who were nice during the year is a well known tale and the recent debates of how could he conceivably deliver so many presents around the world in just one night is a query that has perplexed so many people over the years.

This film is a welcome addition to the tale because it takes the ideas of technology and the modern world and applies it to such a story that so many people know all about.

Not only does this film modernize the concept, it still is able to retain and reinvigorate the idea that it doesn’t really matter about one’s religion, this time of year is a time for giving and that that spirit hasn’t been lost due to the advancements in society.

The characters are all so great to watch and the story remains fun-loving and unique as we get an amazing perspective on what kind of team effort is needed for all of this to come together during one night of the year.

The voice cast is superb with James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie and Ashley Jensen all helping create three dimensional characters who will hopefully stay with us for a very long time.

This film also does a great job of blending so many great Chritmas songs into this modern version of it all.

This film will now be very high on my list of best Christmas themed movies (sorry, Nothing can topple Die Hard (1988) from that top slot) and it will now be listed quite high on my top ten movies of 2011.

I can’t wait to watch this one again.

Tnx again to Jay for recommending such an amazing film to me!

Bottom Line – Such an amazing Christmas film because it takes the story that we all know and love and not only modernizes it but also shows that the spirit of ‘giving’ hasn’t been lost due to advances in technology and the world all over. The characters are all fun loving and distinct and gives us a great perspective on the team effort that is needed for such a task to happen over one night. The voice cast is superb with McAvoy, Broadbent, Nighy, Laurie and Jensen are all giving us great three dimensional characters.  They also manage to perfectly blend the known Christmas music into this heartwarming tale. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As the last gift has been delivered and mission control is celebrating, a solitary elf with a crew cut is seen wiping a tear of joy from his eye. This seems to be a homage to the scene from Apollo 13 when Ed Harris (playing Gene Kranz, Flight Commander) has a silent moment of joy when NASA safely return the crew back to earth. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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