It’s Christmas once again, so deck the halls because Santa is coming to town for Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman’s ‘Arthur Christmas’.
As I’ve mentioned before, Aardman is the stop motion equivalent to Pixar Animation Studios, rarely letting me down and crafting great animated films that the whole family can enjoy, and not just something that kids can just enjoy; and ‘Arthur Christmas’ is no different to the previous quality storytelling that Aardman have produced previously.
The story sees Santa Claus (no surprise for a Christmas movie) as a successful, and originally promised last, mission, Santa sees himself continuing for another year (his 71st if no one is counting), however this causes a rift between Steve who was waiting for his promotion to finally be Santa Claus, as it’s a job that has been an ongoing tradition. However, during a brief conflict of a kid almost seeing Santa, one of the presents falls out of the delivery line, causing one kid to be missed. Arthur, Santa’s other son, doesn’t want Gwen to be disappointed on Christmas so he seeks out on a journey with Grandsanta to deliver the missing present.
This film is very witty and features clever jokes and gags that any age can enjoy. The film takes a great spin of the Santa Claus mythology and I loved how the opening scene of the film asks questions that when we were kids we were saying the same thing as well, like how does Santa fit down the chimney and how does he bring the presents all in one night to millions of children? I loved how after this scene, they give you answers, but not in the traditional way, as the North Pole is basically an operation every Christmas Eve that is equivalent to a ‘Mission: Impossible’ movie of the Elves basically as spies of helping Santa to deliver all the presents in one night. It’s a great animated sequence that leaves you in suspense. Another element I loved is the conflict between Steve and Grandsanta of how to deliver presents in a confrontation between traditional and the technological advancements; which is highly relatable to many people as technology has overtaken what was; e.g. newspapers and magazines are having troubles in competing against the Internet which provides basically free news 24/7, instead of the old traditional model of having the latest news ready for printing in the early mornings. The film shows the struggles as Steve builds his own operation and a ship that is extremely fast and reliable compared to Grandsanta’s sleigh “Evie” which is outdated and not very reliable anymore in the technological world we live in now.
‘Arthur Christmas’ is a heart-warming Christmas tale that features a great story, a whole lot of fun and some nice, fluid animation. It’s a good film to check out annually every Christmas.