Arthur Christmas Parent Guide
Combining army tactics, modern technology and good old fashioned Christmas magic, "Arthur Christmas" brings a delightful family adventure to the theaters this holiday season.
Parent Movie Review
For many people, Christmas has become nothing more than a crush of activities to be completed as efficiently as possible. The magic is gone and unfortunately so is the spirit of celebration.
It’s no different at the North Pole. Santa (voice by Jim Broadbent) is nearing retirement and has turned many of the details of the annual Christmas Eve event over to his son Steve (voice of Hugh Laurie) who oversees the delivery operation with military precision. Grandsanta (voice by Bill Nighy) spends his time in his rocker pining for the old days of sleigh travel instead of the Star Trek-esque ship Santa and his elves now use.
Only Arthur (voice by James McAvoy) still revels in the splendor of the season. He works in the mailroom reading and responding to millions of childish requests. One in particular stands out. Gwen (voice by Ramona Marquez) hopes for one thing under her Christmas tree—a pink Twinkle bike.
When an operational glitch results in a failed delivery of the girl’s gift, Steve is willing to chalk it up as a minor statistical error and leave things as is. Arthur, however, determines to get the bike under Gwen’s tree before the sun rises.
This engaging animation has plenty that will appeal to younger viewers, including an elf named Bryony (voice by Ashley Jensen) who can wrap in mid air. But it is older teens and adults who may actually appreciate more of the intricacies of this clever and complex storyline about family relationships and responsibilities.
While some brief moments of peril occur when the characters are surrounded by lion after inadvertently landing in Tanzania, few other content concerns arise in this film for the six and up age group.
Combining army tactics, modern technology and good old fashioned Christmas magic, Arthur Christmas brings a delightful family adventure to the theaters this holiday season.Directed by Sarah Smith, Barry Cook . Starring James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy. Running time: 100 minutes. Theatrical release November 22, 2011. Updated July 17, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is Arthur Christmas rated PG? Arthur Christmas is rated PG by the MPAA for some mild rude humor.
Violence: Lions attack and threaten to eat characters. Other moments of peril occur when characters fly and fall out of an ancient sled. Characters discuss hitting a child in the head or finishing off someone with a rock. A dead mouse falls out of a musical instrument. Family members argue briefly and some unkind remarks are made.
Sexual Content: None noted.
Language: Very brief name-calling is included.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A character references a drunk elf and putting a “dab of whiskey” on a child’s lips to get them to sleep.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
Arthur Christmas Parents' Guide
What generational differences are seen between the characters in this story? What does each come to appreciate about the others? What real life personalities are spoofed in this movie?
How do the individuals in this story approach Christmas? Which one is most like you? Are you all about efficiency, do you turn all of the responsibilities over to others or do you still enjoy the magic of the season?
What are the challenges of getting old? Why does Grandsanta feel so left out? How can families include elderly members in the holiday festivities?
The most recent home video release of Arthur Christmas movie is November 5, 2012. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Arthur Christmas
Release Date: 6 November 2012
Arthur Christmas releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) with the following extras:
- Un-Wrapping Arthur Christmas
- Progression Reels
- Elf Recruitment Video
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Arthur Christmas is a co-production with Aardman Animations, the studio behind Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Other movies that depicted the North Pole workshop include: Santa Claus - The Movie and The Santa Clause 2.