‘Arthur Christmas’ – The Next Animated Holiday Classic?

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Another animated holiday movie is on the way: Arthur Christmas. It wonÂ’t hit theaters until November 2011, but the first trailer has been released, and it looks like a cute movie for all ages to enjoy.



This animated film “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 center of the film is a story about 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.”

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor James McAvoy arrives at the 'The Conspirator' Premiere held at Roy Thomson Hall during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Lending their voices to characters in this movie are Bill Nighy, James McAvoy, and Hugh Laurie. The trailer (below) begins by panning across the snow in the North Pole. ItÂ’s almost made like a documentary, and Arthur (McAvoy) pops out from behind a mountain of snow to greet the camera, only for an elf to jump out after him and tackle him to the ground.

The elf tells the cameraman to go away. Arthur is not SantaÂ’s son, and heÂ’s not an elf. There isnÂ’t something glowing under the ice. ThereÂ’s no army of elves to help deliver gifts to all the children on Christmas Eve. According to this elf, itÂ’s “just a story for kids.” Meanwhile, ArthurÂ’s walking up behind him and yells out, “Christmas every day,” but the elf holds his hand up to block him. He says thatÂ’s not Arthur (while the man in question yells out that he is) and that Santa doesnÂ’t exist (but “heÂ’s gone out anyway”). Just then, what looks to be a sleigh flies low above their heads and Arthur calls up to it, “Santa! Dad!” Most importantly, the elf insists “there is no gigantic flying sleigh.” He points offscreen at a “polar bear in a hat”, while dragging Arthur away. Arthur Christmas will be hitting theaters in 3D (but thereÂ’s definitely no movie, according to the elf).

Does Arthur Christmas look like a film you would enjoy?

© Meredith Jacobs 2010

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