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Film Review - Arthur Christmas


The 2011 holiday season receives an appealing boost of yuletide power with “Arthur Christmas,” a CG-animated effort from Aardman Animation, best known for their “Wallace and Gromit” productions. While overstuffed with domestic concerns, this tale of Santa’s family and their feverish need to carry out Christmas duties in full is an enjoyable matinee diversion, loaded with seasonal splendor and dry Brit wit, while offering spirited voicework from a gifted cast, who all display a firm grip on the tone of the piece, with its interest in slapstick comedy and snow-dusted sentiment. It’s not the tightest picture, but the primary elements are well cared for, providing a reasonable green-and-red rush of festive fun. Read the rest at


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