Today’s festive feature has a slight modern twist on the usual story of Father Christmas. British animators Aardman Animation and Sony Pictures teamed up to create a truly humorous, smart and heart-warming story. Arthur Christmas features voices of stars such as James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent, this ensemble cast represent the men of the ‘Claus’ family.
The idea behind this narrative is that the eldest ‘Claus’ son in the family takes on the role of Santa when they become capable enough. The current Santa is ‘Malcolm Claus’, an affable, but incompetent Santa who’s technically in charge at the North Pole. However, his oldest son ‘Steve Claus’ runs the extremely complex gift-giving operation, which runs at rapid speed in order to deliver every child a gift on christmas day. Steve is set to take over, as his father is becoming more and more tiresome each year.
Then there’s the main protagonist Arthur Claus, who (like me) loves everything about Christmas and is super enthusiastic about the entire festive season. However, he is a little clumsy and much less organised than his brother and so is given the much simpler task of answering Santa’s letters from children around the world.
So now you know a bit about the characters, lets set the scene for the narrative; another christmas eve has been completed successfully all is well as the Claus family sit down to their Christmas dinner, that is until Arthur discovers a child has been somehow missed in Steve’s major operation. Leading to Arthur and his ‘grandsanta’ embarking on a magical journey across the world on his older classic santa sleigh.
It was my younger sister that encouraged me to watch this film a couple of years ago and I’ve now made it a tradition to watch every year. I just think that the idea is so well thought out, to a young child this could easily explain how Father Christmas really delivers all the gifts on Christmas Eve. There are so many ‘laugh out loud’ moments that make this feature a real family treat for all ages. Overall, the reason that I love to watch this film during the festive season, is that I just enjoy embracing my inner child and immersing myself in their winter wonderland.
This is a film that I would highly recommend.
My Christmas Rating; 9/10