Film Watch – 287. Arthur Christmas


Fast Facts

Title: Arthur Christmas
Director: Sarah Smith, Brian Cook
Year: 2011
Run time: 1hr 37m

Background Info

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit as best as possible, and Arthur Christmas has been available on iTunes for a while, just in time for the festive season. I didn’t know much about the actual story, only seeing a trailer where Arthur was bouncing about trying to hide things in the snow.

Live Blog

1:45 – Excellent Google Earth mention.
4:50 – 1st Field Elf Battalion.
5:20 – Santa brings a Grand Piano?? I want!
7:27 – That is brilliant. What an operation.
10:24 – We need a Mission Control like that. Look at that video wall!
14:16 – Grand-santa, and pet reindeer.
16:10 – Hugh Laurie’s character looks like how I imagine animated Paul Hollywood would look.
17:50 – Steve, that’s his name. Steve Christmas, presumably.
25:14 – “No! The S1 has just travelled seven million miles! We could damage it.”
25:36 – Gift wrap support seems like an okay gig.
26:13 – “Arthur, Christmas is not a time for emotion.”
28:38 – Santa’s name is Malcolm??
31:59 – Bambi and John. John Deer(e)?
36:16 – “Fish!”
39:21 – He left the door open and a polar bear got in!
48:45 – I did enjoy the floating elephants. Not a sentence I ever thought I’d write.
53:40 – There’s something to be said for S1 after all.
1:01:24 – That is a massive belly that Santa has.
1:05:24 – Phew. No burning of santa letters!
1:08:11 – “I have to worry, it’s the only thing I’m good at!”
1:12:11 – I think I might have to start using piffle.
1:13:53 – There’s a delete Christmas button?
1:19:27 – That Versace Santa suit is quite awful.
1:21:36 – There’s an actual Co-op… weird animation product placement.
1:28:55 – Slo-mo squirrel got wrapped!


I liked this, but it wasn’t spectacular. A perfectly serviceable animation, nice and festive, feel-good story, with a few funny lines along the way. I did like the concept of Santa’s business as a military-style operation, and the gadgets, Mission Control, and spaceship style transport were very well done.

Rating: 4/5

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