Many people didn't really think this movie was going to be any good, and most ended up seeing it as one of the best animated movies of 2011. So, is anyone still wondering how Santa has time to read all the letters, go down every chimney, fit all the presents in his bag, or how old he is? Arthur Christmas answers that question in a way that actually makes a lot of sense.
So what is the movie about? It starts off as being a conflict with family, about how Christmas isn't really what it used to be, about how things seem unfair to Santa's son Steve, who is pretty much in charge of everything. Santa, whose real name is Malcolm, is just a figurehead. There's the past Santa, age 136 and counting, who loves how things used to go when it was easier, small enough population to not need a trillion elves and a sleigh the size of a city. When Santa is almost spotted in a house, Grnadsanta watches and says to Arthur, "Oh, what if you do wake the old nipper? A whack on the head with a sock full of sand and a dabbered whisky on the lips, they don't remember anything in the morning." He's gonna be your favourite character, every line of his will crush you. Yep, he's that funny. Then there's Arthur, Santa's other son, who is in charge of reading letters from the children and saying how Santa is the best man ever. But really, the operation involves iPod's called "Handheld Operational and Homing Organizer," HOHO for short. All success, no heart.
And then one present ends up not being delivered as a glitch in the mission. Arthur is hysterical about it, scared of one person not getting her present, but Steve doesn't see it as a big deal, knowing it's just one. The thing is, this goes against everything Arthur has ever believed in Christmas. It doesn't matter if Santa's seen. What matters is that every child should end up happy. So Grandsanta decides to give the old try a go once more to prove his worth, Arthur and an adorable wrapping elf along for the ride, delivering a Twinkle bike to a girl before she wakes up.
What's my favourite Christmas movie? Home Alone 2. What's the most exciting Christmas movie to me? Arthur Christmas. Honestly, it may sound and feel like rubbish at the start, but as it goes on, we feel the heart of each character and the need to make everyone feel special. There are several places they go: Toronto, Idaho, Africa, Mexico, etc. If you think this movie isn't going to be exciting, watch it and rethink. Honestly, with every minute that goes by with Gwen Hines not having her gift, the more we chew our fingernails.
Simply put, this new Christmas movie is filled with originality, charm, and wonder. It's so hilarious and exciting, you might spew a fruit cake.