Arthur Christmas is a 2011 British/American 3-D computer animated fantasy comedy film produced by Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animation. It was released on November 11, 2011, in the UK, and is scheduled to be released on November 23, 2011, in the USA.
The film was directed by Sarah Smith, and it features voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Ashley Jensen. Set on the North Pole, the plot tells about Santa’s son Arthur Christmas, who must complete a mission before Christmas morning.
The story of Arthur Christmas revolves around Santa’s ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole, his family and especially around his son, Arthur. When on a Christmas night a single present for a very upset little girl is missed, Arthur must go on a mission with Grandsanta and elf Byrony using an old sled and eight flying reindeer to deliver the present before the Christmas morning. Info from Wikipedia
Arthur Christmas illustrations copyright Aardman Animations / Sony Pictures Animation.
“Visually, the film may not be as technologically lavish as those produced by Pixar or DreamWorks,” writes Robbie Collin in The Telegraph, “but the characters are utterly charming, and the astute use of 3-D lends a thrilling sweep to the sleigh-ride scenes, too. Arthur Christmas might be made of pixels rather than Plasticine, but it still has Aardman’s fingerprints all over it.”