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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081NAUJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Everyone's favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions this one-hour special showing children many ways to celebrate "the holidays." Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur D.W. their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas Hanukkah Kwanzaa and even "Baxter Day" (Buster and his mom's special celebration). The only problem is just like in real life perfection is hard to attain and things start to fall apart.

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There's a lot of pressure involved in planning the perfect Christmas celebration, and Arthur and his friends and family are feeling the stress as the holiday approaches. Muffy is so focused on throwing the best Christmas party ever that she doesn't even hear her best friend Francine when she repeatedly tells her that she can't attend because the party falls on Hanukkah--a time of important celebration for her own family. Buster's mom is so intent on creating a wonderful Christmas despite the absence of Buster's father that she's exhausting them both. Binky's plans to bake goodies for the homeless are threatening the stomachs of all his friends, and D.W. is driving the family crazy with her pleas for the season's most popular toy. And Arthur is absolutely determined to make this Christmas perfect, no matter what. Things go wrong, as they often do, and everybody discovers that you don't always get what you want in life--but if you're flexible, sometimes you get something even better. (Ages 3 to 8) --Tami Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

So happy to see it available in DVD format.
Joseph D. Wernig
I've always loved it because not only is it very fun, it teaches kids tolerance and helps them understand other faiths and situations.
Angela J. Arnold
I'm 22 years old and I STILL love watching this movie every Christmas.
Lauren

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 23, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you're familiar with the Arthur program airing on PBS, you already know just how clever this show can be. Created by Marc Brown and based on his books, Arthur Read is an aardvark who shares adventures (and misadventures!) with friends like Buster Baxter (a rabbit), Francine Frensky (a monkey), Binky Barnes (a bulldog), Muffy Crosswire (a very RICH monkey), and others. Arthur is often at odds with his little sister D.W. (Dora Winifred) which makes for much of the shows comedic moments.

In Arthur's Perfect Christmas, the scene begins with Arthur sitting at the piano, softly playing Pachebel's Canon. This movie, like the TV show, uses day-dream sequences--and Arthur plunges into a snazzy song called "Perfect Christmas". You see, this holiday, Aruthur wants it to be absolutely PERFECT...but things go wrong in the town of Elwood City, for both Arthur AND his friends!

For example, Muffy expects Francine to attend her big Christmas party, but Francine has told Muffy REPEATEDLY that her family is having a Hannukah gathering the same night. What happens when Francine doesn't show up for the party to receive her present?

Buster Baxter worries about his Mom who seems to obsess over having a perfect Christmas for her son, especially since the divorce. Buster comes up with "Baxter Day" which takes the pressure of his Mom and displays the true meaning of the holidays--love and kindness.

Arthur searches the mall for presents for his parents, D.W. is desperate for a Tina the Talking Tabby (whose theme song haunts Arthur everywhere he goes!), Uncle Fred makes an unexpected visit on his way to a Floridian Christmas, and Arthur's Dad insists on making an "authentic" dinner that was likely served in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Min on September 4, 2003
Format: DVD
We have watched this Arthur movie countless times. We celebrate Chanukah and enjoy watching Francine celebrate with her family...it is always a beautiful moment when the menorah is lit for everyone to see. You can be of any religious faith to enjoy this movie...the kids and I love it(and I'm 40!) We highly recommend it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
My kids love this movie. It's the perfect length, only an hour. The movie includes all the main Arthur characters, with the typical doses of lessons learned, just like the PBS cartoon. Arthur hopes for the perfect Christmas. But will it snow? Will DW get the over-advertised toy she wants? Will Mom like Arthur's present? Best of all, Hannukah and Kwanza are celebrated along with Christmas. This movie is a joy through and through.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
We watch this movie all year long. My 4 year old refers to it as boogie woogie christmas due to the theme song which he sings along with the video, while in the bath tub, just about any place. I wish Marc Brown would provide us with another full length feature Arthur movie. I have sat through this movie dozens of times with my son, and haven't gotten bored with yet, I'm almost 40! Buy it!! I love it and your children will too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charries Semidey on December 3, 2002
Format: DVD
A great holiday favorite with lots of music, and different holiday traditions to learn about!! Highly recommened!!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Insom Niac on September 16, 2004
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"What a wonderful kind of day when we can learn to work & play & get along with each other!"

Arthur is a rare kind of cartoon that is made for everyone; it is about a community of very different characters that live together peacefully and are accepting of one another. No matter how different they are from each other, they "get together and make things better by working together," with open eyes, ears, and minds, knowing that "every day when you're walking down the street, everybody that you meet has an original point of view." The Arthur Christmas special does exactly what is expected of it: it applies the cartoon's main theme to the holiday season & places it in a story told from the point of view of a little boy who always tries to understand others' points of view. It may not be everyone's perfect Christmas, but it is "ARTHUR'S Perfect Christmas."

On this page we have another case of people reviewing their religion instead of the DVD. Don't be turned off by the reviews that say Arthur is anti-Christian; all of my family and friends, both Christian and non-Christian, love watching the Arthur special with their kids every year. (Contrary to the popular misunderstanding, the holiday now known as Christmas was not invented as a Christian holiday; it was only adopted by Christians in the 1800s, so there is no reason that all Christmas specials have to be Christian Christmas specials.) Also, consider the source of a critique before letting it affect your decision to see the movie. For example, puremorals4ever over-criticized Arthur in his review in the name of his religion, though he gave 5 stars to SpongeBob SquarePants, which had a Christmas special that was very much less catering to the reviewer's fundamentalist Christianity than the Arthur special was.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
What a warm and cozy Arthur show!!
Nice songs and great drama.
My kids love to watch it on the Christmas day.
I love this specially episode when I first saw it on TV 2 years ago. I purchased a VHS so I can watch it whenever I want!
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