The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, 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 heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Like most of Aardman's work ... [it's] more clever than outright funny, but it's also genuinely sweet, and the complicated relations among Santa's clan are surprisingly believableKeith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly, 11.22.2011
It's a lovely bit of work.Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, 11.22.2011
The surprise gift of the season: a sharp, savvy holiday comedy that doesn't get its laughs at the expense of those who start to glow in the early days of December. It's a most entertaining package indeed.Trey Graham, NPR, 11.22.2011
It's busy but buoyant, and it honors the tradition of giving with wit and style.Bruce Diones, New Yorker, 12.04.2011