Arthur Christmas [2011]

4stars

arthur-christmas-poster Directed by: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
Written by: Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith
Starring the voices of: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, Laura Linney, Eva Longoria

Comic-Con 2011. Sitting in the spacious “Hall H”, me, my friends and thousands of other people get the first preview of Arthur Christmas, a charming holiday animated film from Aardman (we were also treated to a first look at Pirates! Band of Misfits).

A bumbling Arthur (James McAvoy), clad in a festive, oversized sweater and some Christmas-y slippers appeared on screen, talking about his upcoming movie and how he loved the season. “Dude, that’s you”, said my friend Lily. Another friend refers to this movie as “my biopic”.

In case you hadn’t figured it out, I love Christmas. I really do believe it’s “the most wonderful time of the year” as the late Andy Williams said. So I wonder what took me so long to check out a film with such a clear love and respect for the December festivities, made by a studio known for quality.

I finally checked this one out and the wait was definitely worth it. I’m very demanding when it comes to animated movies, but this one hit all the right spots. A great script goes a long way and Arthur Christmas‘s inspired, exemplary writing sets it apart from your run-of-the-mill animated flicks and holiday fare.

A very clever sense of humor permeates the whole experience and guarantees something for us adults to laugh with while the little ones marvel at the pretty moving drawings. The voice cast is top-notch as well, with McAvoy, Bill Nighy, and Ashley Jensen standing out.

Arthur Christmas now joins The Holiday, Love Actually, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life as required holiday viewing at my household.

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