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Arthur: Arthur's Perfect Christmas

4.6 out of 5 stars 354 customer reviews

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In Arthur's Perfect Christmas, plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever! Arthur, D.W., their friends and family make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties, and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. But, just as in real life, perfection cannot last and things begin to fall apart. Arthur learns that the joy of Christmas isn't found in an artificial vision of the perfect holiday season, but in the wonderfully messy, imperfect world he lives in.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Yarmush, Oliver Grainger, Bruce Dinsmore, Daniel Brochu, Jodie Resther
  • Directors: Greg Bailey
  • Writers: Peter K. Hirsch
  • Producers: Carol Greenwald, Cassandra Schafhausen, Lesley Taylor, Marc Brown, Peter Moss
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Wonder (Video)
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y7J6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,154 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arthur: Arthur's Perfect Christmas" on IMDb

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By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 23, 2005
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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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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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By A Customer on December 1, 2001
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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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By A Customer on October 19, 2000
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Finally, a longer Arthur movie! I thought this movie was very good. Kids of all ages are sure to love it. There's a bit more singing than there is in the Arthur TV series, but it was not too excessive. Really brings out the Christmas spirit and shows children what a joyful time Christmas is. If your child is an Arthur fan, he or she will definitely enjoy this movie. I hope more longer Arthur movies like this one will be made.
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By A Customer on December 10, 2001
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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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Blah. We like Arthur, but this movie carefully respected holiday traditions of non-Christians and then totally blew off the Christmas traditions of...Christians. I'm not a weird conservative fundamentalist, but I am religious, and I don't get why going to the mall and watching movies should be the emphasized traditions of this movie's Christmas observers.
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A Kid's Review on July 22, 2005
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first i shood warn you, for any true arthur fans [[as am i]], it might be a little bit hard to adjust to the new voices of arthur, DW, and others, when the DVD first arrived, i was shut to the idea of changing my all-time fave kids show!!! but i gave it a second chance...and found i loved the musical numbers. Tina the Talking Tabby, arthurs Piano Piece, Muffys Christmas Madness and more!!! its an enjoyable DVD with all of your favorite elements. It never gets old, and is even fun to watch for hundreds of days in a row!!! =o]
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I have been watching Arthur for 16 years. Started when my child was a toddler. I still watch it but this movie was not so great. The voices of the characters were not the same as the t.v. show and the songs were blah. I will continue watching the show but never this movie
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