Genre: Adventure, Animation, Christmas, Comedy, Family.
Starring: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, Marc Wooton, Laura Linney, Eva Longoria, Ramona Marquez, Michael Palin, Jerry Lambert.
Year Of Release: 2011
Certificate: U (UK)
Runtime: 97 Minutes
Director: Sarah Smith
Synopsis: “Santa’s clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.” IMDB
One of the best Christmas films in recent years, this wonderfully slick animation manages to capture a modern interpretation of how a 21st Century Santa should run, but retains the old-fashioned nostalgia and charm that makes the festive season.
With passionate vocal work by James McAvvoy, who excels as the good-natured by clumsy hero of the story, along with Hugh Laurie, Ashley Jensen and British festive icons Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy, all the characters are engaging, fun and larger than life which is just what you want for a witty and clever adventure.
Showcasing some great animation that at times easily matches Disney Pixar, this has wonderful imaginative scenes that are dizzying in scale and well produced – the opening sequence with Santa making his 70th delivery is particularly brilliant and ingenious in how it pulls it off.
With genuine heart-felt moments and a nice sugar-coated, thrilling finale that again uses clever themes and humour to show a sensitive subject like a child’s belief, this piles on the subtle comedy without being stupid and has lots of laugh out loud moments for adults and children alike.
A true Christmas corker for all generations.