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Arthur Christmas (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2011] [Region Free]

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On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission.Arthur Christmas reveals the unbelievable, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the centre of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that will have to be completed before Christmas morning dawns.Actors James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Ashley Jensen, Imelda Staunton, Miggie Donahoe, Johnny Brennan, Kate Mara & Will SassoDirector Sarah Smith & Barry CookYear 2011Languages EnglishApprox Running Time: 97 minutes
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 on the earth in one evening. The answer: with a large number of high-tech logistics and gadgetry and absolute military precision coordinated by Santa’s son Steve. Even as 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 make sure 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 reasonably agree on. Thus begins a very odd, 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 side the entire 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

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