Why Arthur Christmas is a modern Christmas classic

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November 2011 was jam-packed with family movies. Jack and Jill and happy feet two both debuted in the first three weeks of the month, while Puss in Boots, which opened in the last four days of October 2011, was also still a priority for many teenage moviegoers. Then came Thanksgiving 2011, which saw three separate PG-rated films bow to a wide audience. Between The Muppets and Hugo, not to mention all the other remnants of the November 2011 landscape, it was easy to lose track of what kids-oriented films were playing in theaters. But another kid’s movie that’s been thrown into the mix here, Arthur christmas, and ten years later, it deserves to be recognized for what it is: a true Christmas classic.


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Arthur christmas was just the second computer-animated title from Aardman Animations. It was also the first result of the group’s brief collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation. Such remarkable qualities were not enough to attract moviegoers because Arthur christmas ended up with a meager run at the box office. His financial shortcomings were especially noticeable compared to all the other family films he was competing with when it was originally released. However, this should not be taken as a sign that this is an inherently inferior project. Arthur christmas is exactly the kind of Christmas feature that should be an automatic part of the holiday visualization.

This leadership effort of Sarah smith tells the story of Santa Claus (Jim broadbent) clumsy son, Arthur (James mcavoy), who gets to work with his grandfather (Bill Nighy) to give a present to a young girl who was missed during the delivery of gifts from Santa on New Years Eve. It’s a simple premise that makes plenty of room, among other pleasurable qualities, for the kind of intelligent mind that dominated Aardman’s projects. Although the characters do not have the overbite and eyeballs that are associated with the stop motion characters seen in Wallace and Gromit, Aardman’s classic humor has remained cohesive.

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Typical computer-animated kids’ rates (including some efforts by Sony Pictures Animation) are for generic pop culture references and jokes in the bathroom to generate laughs. Arthur Noel, meanwhile, find more specific, dialogue-based ways to make people laugh. Most of the most memorable jokes come from Grandsanta, whose flippant comments (including one implicating that he was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis) come to life thanks to Nighy’s hysterical vocal work and tend to suggest stories that could easily support their own films. There are many staple holiday movies that touch your heart, but how many make you laugh as much as Arthur christmas?

The project also stands out for its focus on the behind-the-scenes North Pole machinations, which include Arthur’s older brother Steven (Hugues Laurie), being a tech-savvy man who wants to be the next Santa Claus. The idea of ​​exploring how the functioning of Santa Claus works through technical means has been carried out in many other places, including in the charming Preparation and landing holiday specials. Yes Arthur christmas was going to be successful, he would have to offer something more than just cutesy explanations of how a man travels the world in one night.


Fortunately, all Arthur’s Christmas the explanations are at the service of exploring the dynamics of the members of the Claus family, led by St. Nick himself, Malcolm Claus. Not only focusing on these interpersonal relationships differentiates Arthur christmas other similar projects, but he bases the fantastic procedures on relevant means. It turns out that Santa’s family members quarrel and have a hard time understanding each other like a real family does. Arthur christmas is as sweet as a candy cane, but he’s also aware of how messy family interactions can be during the summer holidays.



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Do more Arthur christmas A more worthy of recognition Yuletide film is the emphasis on defining heroic characters by how they avoid conformity and the expectations of society. This isn’t new ground for family Christmas dishes to broach, but other stories have struggled to touch on this. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, for example, is conspicuously accepting different people. However, his moment of triumph (Rudolph leading the sleigh through a snowy night) comes from outsiders finding a way to conform to the status quo. Once they become part of the tradition, they are accepted.


Meanwhile, the titular character of Arthur christmas is a goofy eccentric with a big smile on his face and a tendency to make noise just walking down a hallway. Not the kind of guy you’d expect to be Santa Claus, someone who delivers toys to kids in the middle of the night. But Arthur manages to prove his worth as heir to the title of Santa Claus simply by being himself. The main lesson from the movie is that the concept that there is an ideal mold for being Santa Claus is ludicrous. Santa Claus is not a person, he can be anyone.

Societal expectations that can define someone as an “outsider” are buried in Arthur christmas while the story sets out characters who challenge authority like Arthur and the Gift Elf, Bryony (Ashley jensen), as unquestionable heroes. These elements of storytelling help to make Arthur christmas such an effective film and it’s cool to imagine that these important concepts are being passed on to young people.




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In addition to all these qualities, Arthur christmas Also has a full roster of awesome vocal talent, including James McAvoy in the lead role. Anyone who has seen his work in To divide and A glass knows that McAvoy has a knack for creating a wide range of new voices and that talent is put to use here. Jim Broadbent lends an subconscious yet warm aura to his voice as Malcolm that captures the essence of the classic version of Santa Claus while also conveying a certain vulnerability. This is juxtaposed by the menacing sharpness of Hugh Laurie, making him the perfect antagonist. And, of course, Bill Nighy kicks him out of the park as Grandsanta. To forget Love in fact, it’s the best Christmas movie with Nighy!

In the years since its release, Arthur christmas did not become noticeably more popular thanks to the means of home viewing. There has been no news that it will become the most-watched movie on any major streaming service in a week, memes referencing it are negligible, and even Sony Pictures Animation’s social media account rarely references it. as such once the Christmas season has started. Some family films have managed to garner a cult following pretty quickly after being knocked out at the box office, but it doesn’t look like that has happened yet with Arthur christmas.


Just because it didn’t happen doesn’t mean it shouldn’t happen. Arthur christmas is a delicious treasure of a Christmas feature that uses great gags, thoughtful story, and sublime vocal performances wonderfully. Like most of Aardman’s other films, it’s a wonderful production that deserves a lot more love. In this case, it is time Arthur christmas has become a staple in the holiday season movie lineup for more people. Just because he was trampled by the deluge of family movies in November 2011 doesn’t mean Arthur christmas shouldn’t shine in annual Christmas visits.


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