Arthur Christmas


James McAvoy voices Arthur, Santa's youngest son on a mission to deliver a forgotten present

This Aardman/Sony CG-animation is a sackful of fun, busting and creating festive myths, answering the question that’s plagued cynical kids for years: how does Santa do it?

Aided by a crack team of elves and piloting the Enterprise-like S-1, the current Santa heads up an operation of military precision.

Shame, then, that it sags when the beardie’s youngest son, lanky do-gooder Arthur (James McAvoy), sets off to deliver the one gift that’s been left behind.

Still, the early invention and heartfelt wrap-up could see it become a seasonal stalwart.

Looks twinkly on Blu, but the shallow featurettes are bah, humbug.

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