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So when the studio started to incorporate computer animation in the past decade, fans grew concerned.
The resulting adventure, like most of Aardmans work (Chicken Run, Flushed Away), is more clever than outright funny, but its also genuinely sweet, and ..
Arthur Christmas is an inspired take on the hoary cliches of the Santasploitation genre.
This is one of those special family movies thats equally entertaining for adults and children.
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Adults and children alike will enjoy watching and re watching this addition to the Christmas movie oeuvre.
Old school holiday goodwill trumps modern high tech impersonality in Arthur Christmas, a yuletide fable that boasts Aardman Animations peerless mix of ..
The bad news: Her gift gets lost in the shuffle and never makes it off the Pole.The good news: The error is discovered before Christmas morning.
McAvoys endlessly optimistic Arthur and Nighys cuckoo Grandsanta (with words of wisdom like They used to say it was impossible to teach women to read! ..
Even if youre a bit bah humbug, just delight in the supremely clever Aardman comedy.
The North Pole Control Room may be cold but the emotions are warm, delivering sweetness when it counts.
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Surprises abound.Its not a hilarious film, but it brings an extra large portion of chuckles and grins to its audience.
Although the visuals may not quite be up to Pixar standards, the story is charming enough that it doesnt matter.
The writing is almost Pixar level with all its clever gags, like Grandsantas faulty recall of his reindeer names.
Not a bad little Christmas fable. The Aardman Animation wit is in full effect anytime Bill Nighys great Grandsanta is onscreen.
Truly great holiday movies for the entire family are a rare gift indeed.
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Still, its pleasant enough if youre in an indulgent mood, with a Christmas candy sparkle that twinkles now and then when the characters stop zooming a ..
Leave it to the folks who brought us Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Flushed Away to bring a delightful blast of fresh air to the conventional Chris ..
The film does have a nice ending.It just takes a little too long to get there.
The predictably action packed final stretch doesnt fare quite as well as all that precedes it, unfortunately, which does ensure that Shaun the Sheep M ..
But Arthur Christmas is in fact a standalone property and a clever and funny one with no drunkards or aardvarks in sight.
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Nighys wicked glee in every little bit of slang is hilarious, but the sheer invention is what gets you.
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Arthur Christmas might be choppily paced, but its bursts of imagination and emotion make up for it.
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Those who know me know that I am sucker for this kind of thing. So, dont be surprised that I loved the film. (Parental Movie Review also available)
The animated, 3 D Arthur Christmas introduces three generations of St. Nicks family: Weedy retired Grandsanta (voiced by Bill Nighy, hogging the good ..
While overstuffed with domestic concerns, this tale of Santas family and their feverish need to carry out Christmas duties in full is an enjoyable mat ..
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Aardman Animation, best known for the charming Wallace and Gromit cartoons, branched out from Plasticene stop motion work to computer animation with F ..
The concept album that is Arethas Gold follows the chronology of Aretha Franklins hits, all released in 1967 and 1968, apex years of the decade not ju ..
Aardman films yuletide offering is both a heartwarmer and a sly dig at the gospel of family togetherness.
The action is swift and witty, and the 3 D effects are imaginative and not simply tacked on as with so many animated movies these days.
While holiday movies too often force mawkish good feelings down our throat, this one has a genuine warmth and unblushing corniness.
But it is cut with funny: sometimes wicked, sometimes manic, often hysterical, always clever funny.
Terrific characters and a wonderful mashup of old and new holiday traditions give this family feast a real sense of occasion, while the animation is i ..
It is a heros journey, but it is the funniest film ever made about the hugely popular subject of Santa.
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Visually the film is brightly colourful, amusingly designed with small sight gags and continual Christmas imagery.
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EVER wondered how Santa delivers millions of presents in one night
In fact Arthur Christmas, which hasnt been marketed particularly well in the U.S., is the surprise gift of the season: a sharp, savvy holiday comedy t ..
An odd Anglo American collaboration that will bring a little brief happiness to undemanding children.
This is an undemanding childrens movie, with just about enough humour and excitement to keep adults entertained.
An animated kiddie comedy that delivers all the wonder youd expect in a movie about a guy delivering one package.
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The point is that it works and it works wellbeing both surprisingly touching and funny.
Whether the humor, delivered with thick British accents for the most part, will translate to kids is a reasonable question.Much of it, particularly th ..
This is Aardman and they know better than to go cheap or easy. And by taking the smarter, sweeter route, theyve created what should rightfully become ..
What they failed to show was the enormous wit, heart, and charm of their beautifully written script.
To Arthur, this is absolutely inexcusablea human tragedy in the making.
It is a fun packed romp, beautifully animated and lacking any heavy handed messages, instead focusing on the joy and innocent delight of Christmas and ..
But a tender and upbeat spirit informs the writing and the execution.
Despite any criticisms, its hard to be too harsh on the film even knowing full well how its all going to end (as you will), because the results are cu ..
It is so ingenious, endearing, and downright funny that it instantly joins the ranks of first class holiday movies, intended for viewers young and old ..
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Family dysfunction is the hook the narrative hangs its Santa hat on.
Its an extended sequence so full of sight gags that its sure to be the gift that keeps on giving for multiple viewings.
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Leave it to Aardman Entertainment, the folks behind the wonderfully off beat Wallace and Gromit movies, to get it right with ARTHUR CHRISTMAS.
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There are plenty of jokes here, and if you enjoy the British sense of humor, you will like it all the more.
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But the computer animated, 3 D Arthur deserves blame for increasing the throbbing.
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Arthur is sort of a dull hero, but the grandfather is classic, hilarious Aardman a thoroughly British eccentric prone to weird nostalgic/fatalistic ut ..
At no point, alas, does it feel like Aardman, with the charm and detail that tag implies.The dialogue too lacks the normal zing, with only the odd pun ..
Smith and co screenwriter Peter Baynham perform a delicate balancing act between the films dry, sometimes prickly comedy and the genuine warmth of the ..
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But what makes Arthur Christmas stand out is its sheer good nature.
Theres plenty of action and slapstick silliness, which is beautifully rendered in sharp computer animation.
More than that, its every bit as clever and impressively detail oriented as most Pixar releases.
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Dont go expecting a sequel, but do go expecting all the unforced festive spirit you could hope for.
I can imagine kids would find these moments great fun in 3D.Indeed, I can imagine kids would find the whole film great fun.
But this scrappy, smart animated tale can hold its own against the rest of the genre.
But whats most remarkable is the movies overwhelming cheeriness and unabashed belief in believing.
Big adventure and bigger visuals makes Arthur Christmas an animated festive tale filled with spirit and style.
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A smart script that sees kids asking why they cant find Santas North Pole home on Google Earth wrapped up in some nifty 3D visuals make this a highly ..
Fearing a possible breach of the no child left behind clause, its up to Santas son, Arthur, to save the family business by delivering one last present ..
All is forgiven though with a finale that has the Christmas spirit and manages to put a new spin on chimneys and ho ho hos.The script by Smith and Pet ..
As a production from Aardman, more intelligence and more merriment is expected.
As well as a cockle warming Christmas tale theres also a cautionary note about trusting gleaming hardware over simple warm hearted human decency.
The new holiday festooned animated whimsy Arthur Christmas sets out to answer that question, and it does it with a sweet blend of humor, heart and ima ..
Arthur Christmas will snuggle you up into a big, hearty festive cuddle and refuse to put you down until youve hugged it back.
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Bandwagon jumping the 3D craze just as audiences are starting to tail off, Arthur Christmas serves up a bland, incident packed adventure story set aro ..
Arthur Christmas has charm and a breezy confidence that makes it the epitome of a simple pleasure.
The snow capped visuals are occasionally contrasted with misty brown desert sand is beautiful.
Unoriginality, cheesy humor, goofy characters.All is excused when its done in the name of holiday spirit.
But Arthur Christmas, like Aardmans Flushed Away, is both more refined and less distinctive; it looks like every other classy animated film for kids.I ..
Because this funny, clever and utterly charming film has put the Ho Ho Ho back into Yuletide trips to the cinema.The idea behind it is a corker.
Bah humbug!.Australia celebrates Christmas in the heart of summer and yet watching the latest animation from the esteemed Aardman Studios I couldnt he ..
This is a definite Oscar contender for Best Animated Film. It has a great story, spectacular visuals and a fantastic musical score by composer Harry G ..
But fear not: This is a subtle message, and the picture front loads the thrills, comedy and color for cross generational appeal.
And there still museums with pay what you wish admission, if not every day, then on certain days weekly or monthly.You just have to know who offers wh ..
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This animated tale is as joyous as the season it celebrates, with a sweet message for the holidays about the spirit of giving.
The movie suggests that in a high tech factory buried deep in the North Pole, an army of elves works tirelessly to wrap each and every gift and send i ..
OVERALL Arthur Christmas is nice.Sometimes that is harder to find than you would think in our animated movies.
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Arthurs eager to please nature is impossible to resist and it effectively underscores the charming nature of the entire production.
This CGI gem is as delightful as a childrens book that one wants to read aloud over and over again. It isnt classic storytelling by any stretch, but i ..
Its a wonderous and thoroughly modern take on the well worn Yuletide setting and offers a fresh look on the joy of giving and the magic of the season.
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Arthur Christmas is a treat for the very young and the young at heart, affirming all of the wholesome messages of the holiday season without lingering ..
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Well intentioned and above average for the genre, Arthur Christmas is British enough to play well at home as well as being a universal tale for overse ..
What makes Arthur sing is that it plays as much like a family comedy as a holiday film.
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Director and co writer Sarah Smith keeps the action at a brisk pace with plenty of sight gags.
That Sunday, the tribal association will present the final day of its two day 30th annual Nansemond Indian Pow Wow.
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It may look like a holiday trifle, but its still a sleigh ride worth taking.
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