Arthur Christmas

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(2011) ★★★½

Channel 4: Saturday 19 December, 5.10pm

James McAvoy voices Santa’s accident-prone son Arthur, desperate to deliver a bicycle to a little girl in Cornwall before the sun comes up on Christmas Day. She’s been forgotten amid the global mission: impossible, carried out with military precision by an army of elves commanded by Santa’s ambitious other son (Monsters vs Aliens’ mad doctor Hugh Laurie) in a supersonic sleigh-craft.

Arthur is aided, sort of, by Bill Nighy’s cantankerous old Grandsanta, who’s got more war stories than Del Boy’s grandpa in Only Fools and Horses. The gags come gift-wrapped in a crackerjack cartoon from Aardman. With colours deep and crisp and even, it might lack the stop-motion charm of The Pirates! But it’s certainly Sony’s funniest animation since Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. With sleigh bells on.

Certificate: U
Duration: 98min

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Other Showings Date & Time
Film4 Saturday, 26 December at 1:15PM
Film4 Friday, 1 January at 1:40PM