Nov. 30, 2011 - Issue #841: Merry movie night
When one child's missed, Arthur, old coot Grandsanta (Bill Nighy), and a super-wrapping punk-elf (Ashley Jensen) go for a last-minute delivery by sleigh (their trouble begins, curiously, in Toronto). The steadfast, eminently capable Mrs Claus (Imelda Staunton) watches as the men of the family compete childishly for Santa supremacy.
An Aardman film (Wallace and Gromit) that has much of the British studio's attention to quirky detail (especially bulbous noses here), wordplay and unconventional heroes (Arthur's fuelled by worry), the only hole in this stocking comes with the sometimes too-zippy chase plot that's more out of ADD-American features. But a little flash-and-dash can't spoil Arthur Christmas, which reminds us, after all, that the season shouldn't be about packaged products and bright lights.
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