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Arthur Christmas [DVD] [2011]

James McAvoy , Bill Nighy    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Italian
  • Dubbed: Spanish, Italian, Hindi, Catalan
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00G2DGJ6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,332 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Aardman Animation manages to strike the perfect balance between comedy, creativity, and holiday spirit in this Christmas film that isn't about an aardvark, but Santa, his dysfunctional family, and a Christmas in jeopardy. Arthur Christmas takes on the age-old question of how Santa can possibly deliver gifts to every child in the world in one evening. The answer: with a lot of high-tech logistics and gadgetry and absolute military precision coordinated by Santa's son Steve. While Santa's other bumbling son Arthur deals with the stacks of letters from children, Steve and his tech-savvy crew coordinate virtually everything else to ensure the successful mission of delivering presents around the globe on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, soon-to-be-retiring Santa simply does as he's told, and centenarian Grand-Santa watches the whole procedure on TV from the comfort of his easy chair. But when one little girl's present doesn't get delivered on Christmas Eve, it raises the question of just what is an acceptable margin of error when you're talking about children and Santa Claus--something that Steve, Arthur, Santa, and Grand-Santa don't quite agree on. Thus begins a very unusual, highly comical last-ditch effort by Arthur, Grand-Santa, and a wrapping elf named Bryony to deliver the forgotten present. The film is rife with funny scenes and characters, features some amazing CGI imagery that looks great on the big screen, and utilises a host of talented voice artists, including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Joan Cusack, and Eva Longoria. But most impressive is that along with all the humour and technological wizardry we get the perfect dose of holiday sentiment and the message that every child matters, especially on Christmas. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

This animated seasonal family comedy is co-produced by Aardman Studios. The film shows the inner workings of the high-tech operation run at the North Pole by Santa (voiced by Jim Broadbent) and his sons, which enables them to get all the world's presents delivered in just one night. But behind this slick and efficient machine are the disparate and dysfunctional members of Santa's family, including his cranky 136-year-old father, Grandsanta (Bill Nighy), his devoted wife, Mrs Santa (Imelda Staunton), and his poles-apart sons, Steve (Hugh Laurie) and Arthur (James McAvoy).

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ho ho ho! 15 Nov 2011
By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
What a nice little movie this is. Arthur Christmas is very predictable but also a very enjoyable animated comedy that the whole family can enjoy. Aardman animation have now become the British version of Pixar, with Chicken Run, Wallace and Grommitt in The Curse Of The Wererabbit, the underrated Flushed Away and now Arthur Christmas, a charming tale about Santa's youngest son, Arthur, who is determined to make sure a little girl gets her christmas present after it accidentally gets left behind at the north pole. A very good voice cast, James Mcavoy is Arhur, Jim Broadbent is Santa, Hugh Laurie is Arthur's oldest brother and next in line to take over the family business, Steve and Bill Nighy is Grandpa Santa, nearly stealing the entire movie. Animation is very good and there are lots of neat and very funny touches like Santa's elf helpers acting like a marine commando squad when delivering presents, the huge sleigh that looks like a huge spaceship which explains how Santa delivers all the presents in one night and some great and very memorable characters. This will leave you with a big silly grin despite the very predictable plot and only the hardest of hearts or a real grinch could possibly hate it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 29 Oct 2012
By JFearn
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I went to see this in the cinema last year and absolutely loved it! It's just a really good family Christmas film, right up my street! I can't wait to get it and stick it on in a few weeks :)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars film for the family 11 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
I promised to take our grand children aged 7 and10 - my husband wasn't going to bother until he realised it was created by the Wallace and Gromit team! What a great family film. Humour for all ages topical,mixed with tradition: a moral to the story and lots of cracking one liners, we can't wait for the DVD to be released so that elderly relatives can view at home, and we can watch it again!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Christmas movies! 4 Jun 2013
Format:DVD
To be honest, I thought this was going to be a pretty bad movie - the tacky 'Arthur Christmas' themed lights in Oxford Street really put me off. However, I was surprised to find that Arthur Christmas was given a rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and some really praising reviews.

Arthur Christmas is a brilliant and unique take on the build up to Christmas and exactly how Santa delivers all those gifts. The story starts on Christmas Eve with Steve Santa - Santa's first son, and heir to the title of 'Santa', carrying out a mission-impossible styled operation to get billions of presents delivered on time. Of course, this is done with the help of the 'S1' - a massive space ship, and thousands of trained elves. The night is a great success and they manage to deliver every single present to every good child around the globe without being spotted. However, soon after their celebrations, an elf, Bryony, discovers an undelivered present! She immediately alerts Steve and his personal assistant of this; however, Steve, who takes a rather militant attitude towards Christmas giving, argues that one undelivered present is a minimal error and there is absolutely no way they can deliver the present with only two hours until sunrise. Arthur Christmas, Santa's younger son, overhears this and is distraught to hear that one little girl won't be getting a present from Santa this year. Arthur's grandfather proposes that Arthur and himself fly The Evie - the old Christmas sleigh - all the way to England to make sure the last present gets delivered and after a bit of nudging, nervous Arthur agrees to it. So, Grand-Santa and Athur embark on an adventure to England but things aren't plain sailing - they even have a run in with some African lions!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be dissapointed! 14 Dec 2012
By Mooresy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There are few movies these days that are enjoyed by myself, my partner and our 4 year old in equal measures - but Arthur Christmas is one of them!
We watched this at our local independent cinema in Dartington last year and loved it - we have waited for it to come out on DVD ever since (alwasy annnoying with Christmas movies - you have to wait until the following Christmas for the DVD release).
We have watched this twice again already and I'm sure we will again. Very modern and relevant for today's demanding audience. I wouldn't just rate this as one of the best Christmas movies, I would rate this as one of the best animated movies out there.
You will not be dissapointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
If anything or anyone is to be blamed for the slow response of Arthur Christmas being a great hit in DVD, blame it on Sony. The trailers, covers, and the publicity seriously lack the élan of this great animation. Many of my friends seeing the trailers thought it will be a boring slow movie.

Arthur Christmas is a Christmas classic, one of the best animations ever, even seriously challenging Disney.
The plot is innovative, with a modern twist while keeping the tradition at heart, and the animation is super brilliant. An uplifting Christmas story with lot of heart and a lot of trust in Santa, even if you are naughty (they'll make you nice)

Vital Stats
Cast: James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton
Director: Sarah Smith
Region: 2, PAL
Subtitles: English, Englsih SDH, Hindi, Italian, Spanish
Audio: Catalan, Hindi, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Feature Run Time: Approx 97 minutes
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars it might be a good film.
I would have loved to have seen this film if only I had received it. I placed the order paid for it but never got the film.
Published 14 days ago by Michael Duckett
5.0 out of 5 stars He is real
Bought this for my nephew and niece, but I think I enjoyed it more than them. Santa is brilliant - oh yeah
Published 16 days ago by sarah wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars DvD
Turn up before Christmas as promise.
The DVD was in top condition when it arrived.
Make a great gift.
Would us again. and recommend.
Published 17 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas film
I love this film - it's funny, clever, sweet, Christmasy and with a lot of British humour. It's only been out a few years but has already become a tradition to watch in my house... Read more
Published 20 days ago by BZA
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Blue ray
Three & a half year old boy loves it. Solves the mystery of how Father Christmas delivers to all the homes in 1 night. Arrived on time & in good condition
Published 22 days ago by Richard Rothwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Yes, this was a well made movie, just rather souless. The best and certainly the most endearing character was Arthur himself, the rest of his family were weird. Read more
Published 22 days ago by PAUL KING
3.0 out of 5 stars But disappointed really
My little boy wasn't interested in this film at all, I was quite disappointed - he watched lots of films but couldn't get into this one at all, the story was too slow.
Published 1 month ago by R. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
A fun film and very good, funny and sweet but i don't want to watch it again and again worth seeing though

enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by Chloe Lear
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas
i bought this for my grandchildren, but i ended up watching it what a great little film i loved it thanks
Published 1 month ago by hattersfamily
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
Throughly enjoyed this DVD, a new take on an old story. We watched it at Christmas and have now passed it on to other members of the family.
Published 1 month ago by y
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