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Arthur Christmas (2011)

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Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with Grandsanta to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than two hours.


Sarah Smith, Barry Cook (co-director)


Peter Baynham (screenplay), Sarah Smith (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Arthur (voice)
Hugh Laurie ... Steve (voice)
Bill Nighy ... Grandsanta (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Santa (voice)
Imelda Staunton ... Mrs Santa (voice)
Ashley Jensen ... Bryony (voice)
Marc Wootton ... Peter (voice)
Laura Linney ... North Pole Computer (voice)
Eva Longoria ... Chief De Silva (voice)
Ramona Marquez ... Gwen (voice)
Michael Palin ... Ernie Clicker (voice)
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Lead Elf (voice)
Robbie Coltrane ... Lead Elf (voice)
Joan Cusack ... Lead Elf (voice)
Rhys Darby ... Lead Elf (voice)


This movie reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: "So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?" The answer: Santa's (Jim Broadbent's) exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of this movie is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur (James McAvoy), with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Written by Sony Pictures Animation

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Operation Santa Claus is coming to town! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


It is hinted in this movie that Peter the Elf (Marc Wootton) has a crush on Steve Claus (Hugh Laurie). We see him sending Steve late night e-mails complimenting him and letting him know he's "still up". To which Steve deletes throughout his family dinner. Peter also gives Steve a pair of boxer shorts as a Christmas present and tries to hold his hand when the lights go out. See more »


The word TOYS on the toy sack Arthur uses as a parachute should be upside-down, just as the sack was turned upside down so it could be used to get Arthur to the ground. See more »


Grandsanta: You were right, Arthur! It doesn't matter how Santa's gift gets there! It doesn't matter if it is Mr Postman in his Spaceship!
Arthur: Just as long as it gets there!
Grandsanta: You made it happen, Lad! No-one got left out!
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Crazy Credits

After the end of the credits, there is a seven second scene, all in black silhouette on a blue background. One of the elf-lowering-cables descends, pauses, then lifts up an elf, who proceeds to throw snowballs at the screen until it's all black. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in 3D version. See more »


References Shaun the Sheep (2007) See more »


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User Reviews

Not only for Christmas
23 March 2012 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

It's funny that some of the Oscar nominated movies were not as good as this. The animated movie section could have done with a movie like this. It has more than a little heart and it is a really good movie. I liked the 3-D too, but it's not really important. Because the movie works with it and without it.

When the movie started (I knew the general idea through the trailer), I did wonder how'd they make a feature length movie out of it. I wouldn't say I was afraid, they'd just fill the running time with smaller benign things, but I didn't really believe in it. I was so wrong. The movie always has something up its sleeve and it works perfectly. Great characters, great comedy and a heart that is so sweet it might be made out of sugar!

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Release Date:

23 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur Christmas in 3D See more »


Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,068,931, 27 November 2011

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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