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