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- Director: Sarah Smith
- Release Date: Nov 2011
- Run Time: 97
- Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
The title itself is a funny play of words, meant to sound like “Father Christmas”. This is a hilarious, light-hearted animation movie about Christmas that the whole family can enjoy; no squirming from uncomfortable scenes that mark the signature of most movies of today.
Most Christmas movies focus on the families receiving presents and great joy from Santa. However, this movie focuses on the actual family of Santa Clause. Arthur Christmas tells the story of Santa and his family. There is Grand-Santa (Santa’s father) Mrs. Clause, Santa’s wife and their two sons, Steve and Arthur. Santa is depicted to be getting rather old, and consequently too old for the job. He has just completed his 70th present delivery. He is the iconic representation of Christmas and as he is still passionate about his work, he declares there will be a 71st.
This is much to his older son Steve’s chagrin, who has been plotting and planning to take over his father’s role. Arthur is the last-born and portrayed as the unremarkable child; he is rather clumsy and is given the clerical role of answering Santa’s letters. Steve on the other hand is all brains. Together with his team of elves, he uses advanced technological equipment (that is very military-like) to deliver presents to all the good children of the world.
Like any family, the Clauses have their fair share of quarrels and problems, Grand-Santa is bored to death due to retirement, Santa is afraid that if he retires he will lose the only identity he has, Steve wants power and he wants it now and Arthur is not taken seriously by his family. Arthur, the star of this animation, gets a chance to prove himself when it is realized that one child’s gift bicycle was not sent accidentally. Santa and Steve are not concerned. Having read the poor child’s letter, Arthur knows how much the bicycle would mean to Gwen and so makes it his mission to deliver the bike to her. He is joined by his Grandpa who feels a renewed sense of purpose by participating in this mission. The movie then proceeds to showcase the exciting adventures they encounter in the process. And like all family movies, Arthur Christmas definitely has a happy ending.
This is not a must-watch but it is the kind of movie that cheers you up no matter how bad your day was, with its fair share of laughs and child-like simplicity.