Starring: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, Laura Linney
Directed by: Sarah Smith and Barry Cook
Synopsis: On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission.
I think this is one of the only animated films on my advent calendar list. I much prefer live action films over animated films, so wasn’t overly looking forward to this, but in the end I was pleasantly surprised.
It’s obviously a British production, looking at the cast list above, and that’s not including the vocal talents of the likes of Michael Palin and Robbie Coltrane as well. The film itself is about Arthur, Santa’s youngest son. He happens to be a bit clumsy and ends up being banished to the letter department at the North Pole, so he can cause no damage to Santa’s fine tuned, high tech operation. One Christmas Arthur realises that there was one present that wasn’t delivered. He realises that it is up to him to deliver this present, by hook or by crook.
The film is produced by Aardman Animations, responsible for Wallace & Gromit among others. It isn’t claymation, but it does have that sort of look to it. The voice talents are all excellent and the story as a whole works pretty well. If you are a traditionalist at heart, some of the high-tech kind of stuff might put you off, but, heh, this is a kids film aimed at kids who will no doubt love all of that stuff.
Overall, not a bad effort. Not a film I would make sure I see every year, but still a solid animated tale.