THIS cute ’ n’ chipper yuletide affair hails from Aardman Studios, a Brit outfit best known for its classic claymations featuring Wallace and Gromit.
Arthur Christmas is a more conventional, computer- animated effort ( screening in 3D at most locations).
Proceedings get off to a downright spectacular start, reaching a peak the rest of movie will never quite near again.
Ever wondered how Santa can deliver gifts to every kid in the world in one 24- hour period? This has been a sticking point for Christmas curmudgeons forever and a day.
The opening scenes of Arthur Christmas will silence all doubters with its explanation for Santa’s omnipresence. It turns out Santa ( voiced by Jim Broadbent) is the commanderin- chief of a meticulously planned military exercise every December 25th.
Spaceship- like craft the size of large cities swarm all over the planet. Commando elves drop from the skies, delivering presents with pinpoint efficiency in absolute silence.
If ever there is a ‘‘ waker’’ – code for a child who might see too much secret business – the Santa Squad knows exactly what to do.
After this A- grade beginning, Arthur Christmas goes a little B- grade with its plotting. The main story told is that of Arthur ( James Mcavoy), a clumsy son of Santa who goes on a mission to save his dad’s reputation when it is discovered a little girl in England was overlooked during the dispatch process.
While many of the characters tend to overstay their welcome – mainly through generic scripting – the voice cast cannot be faulted. Hugh Laurie ( as Arthur’s gung- ho elder bro) and Ashley Jensen ( a wrapping- obsessed factory elf) steal the show.
Don’t go expecting a sequel but do go expecting all the unforced festive spirit you could hope for.
Now showing Village Cinemas