U certificateArthur Christmas is a Film programme that first aired in 2011 and has been classified a U certificate.

Arthur Christmas is a 4 star programme

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Arthur Christmas (2011)

Directed by
Sarah Christine Smith
,
Barry Cook

Christmas is a busy time for Santa (Jim Broadbent) and over the years the demand on his resources has changed the way he does things. His cottage industry grotto in the North Pole is now a slick, technologically advanced command centre where nothing can go wrong - usually.

When a present is accidentally missed from the Yuletide delivery, the ageing Saint Nick is at a loss as to what to do, and with his eldest son Steve (Hugh Laurie) unconcerned about a single missed present, responsibility lands at the feet of clumsy but idealistic second son Arthur (James McAvoy). On the advice of his ancient grandparent Grandsanta (Bill Nighy), Arthur does away with the new-fangled gizmos at the North Pole and dusts down the old wooden sleigh, heading off on a global adventure to save Christmas for the one forgotten child.

This fun festive gift from the plasticine kings at Aardman is only their second completely CG animated feature, but they make the transition from their usual stop-motion exploits with vigour.

No sense of character or silliness is lost with the change in medium, which is aided by an inventive original story and a voice cast evidently enjoying themselves; Nighy's grumpy Grandsanta is the pick of the bunch.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 115 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2011

Rating:
4/5 Stars

Classification: U Certificate

Production Country: UK/USA

Filmed in Colour

When is Arthur Christmas next on TV?

It's next showing on Channel 4 December 17th, 5:40pm and on Channel 4 Plus 1 December 17th, 6:40pm. See more...

Cast

Image for James McAvoyJames McAvoy...Arthur
Image for Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie...Steve
Image for Bill NighyBill Nighy...Grandsanta
Image for Jim BroadbentJim Broadbent...Santa
Image for Imelda StauntonImelda Staunton...Mrs. Santa
Image for Ashley JensenAshley Jensen...Bryony
Marc Wootton...Peter
Image for Laura LinneyLaura Linney...North Pole Computer/S-1 Computer
Image for Eva Longoria ParkerEva Longoria Parker...Chief De Silva
Image for Ramona MarquezRamona Marquez...Gwen
Image for Michael PalinMichael Palin...Ernie Clicker
Sanjeev Bhaskar...Lead Elf
Image for Robbie ColtraneRobbie Coltrane...Lead Elf
Image for Joan CusackJoan Cusack...Lead Elf
Rhys Darby...Lead Elf