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How CAN Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control center under the ice of the North Pole! So how could this incredible operation have MISSED one child?! To Santa’s young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out in a crazy mission to deliver the last present! Deck the halls with excitement, fun and wonder in this new Christmas classic!
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Update: Tried it on my 3D enabled PC, and it locked up the drive. The green reading light remained on, and I couldn't eject the disc. WARNING: This could damage your computer or other device.
UPDATE: I watched the DVD version, and it's a pretty solid movie! Definitely not for kids. I will not try the 3D disc in any of my players, though, and will re-iterate, this product (the 3D disc) could cause damage to your hardware! And, yes, the PS3 plays 3D Blu-rays (I have over 20 that work great).
Get the non-3D version.
But this may be his last year. It's traditional to retire and pass the baton after 70 years. This Santa has two sons. The younger, Arthur, is adorable, happy and enthusiastic, but too bumbling to be trusted with anything other than answering Letters to Santa.
The elder brother, Steve, has totally upgraded the Christmas Eve procedure. The sleigh and reindeer have been retired in favor of a giant airship with a cloaking device (whoo hoo!) and well-trained Field Elf Battalions. It is a wonderful imagining of how Santa delivers toys to every child in the world on a single night.
But this Christmas Eve, after everyone is back to Mission Control and Operation Toy is "Mission Accomplished", an elf named Briony finds that one toy was missed. There's a child in Cornwall who will not have a gift from Santa! Arthur is beside himself, but Steve is firm. It's 5:10 am, and there's no way to get the toy in place before sunrise: "Arthur. Christmas is not a time for emotion. We will get 4 double 7 85BXK a present... in the window of Christmas. We'll messenger the item - it will be there in 5 days."
This isn't good enough for Arthur. With his cantakerous GrandSanta (retired) they pull the sleigh out of mothballs and make sure Christmas comes true for every last child.
This is a great Christmas story with your usual feel-good vibe and ending. Steve is not an evil bad guy, he is merely focused on his military-like procedures and his 99.999999% success rate for the year.
There is so much humor in this movie. Such as when GrandSanta is not impressed with Steve's smugness: "Christmas 1941, WWII, I did the whole thing with six reindeer and a drunken elf."
Meanwhile, Steve is checking his messages on his HO-HO (like a phone) such as this one:
"You looked great today.
"Arthur Christmas" premiered in 2011, 97 minutes of animated fun. The voice acting is top of the line, with Hugh Laurie ("House") as Steve, James McAvoy as Arthur, Jim Broadbent as Santa and a cackling Bill Nighy as GrandSanta.
The DVD is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 Dolby Digital. You can listen to the movie, or watch with subtitles, in three languages: English, French or Spanish.
The DVD also has 3 Special Features which are fun to watch.
1. "Un-Wrapping Arthur Christmas" (13 minutes) Just about everyone involved as cast or crew has a say in this making-of featurette. Bill Nighy says, "It was one of the best scripts I've read for a long time."
2. "Progressive Reels" (15 minutes total) This is a look at five different aspects of the movie. I particularly enjoyed the animation people taking us through the initial "Invasion Sequence", where we follow a troop of elves delivering toys. "The camera style in this sequence was heavily from the Cinéma Vérité, a run and gun style of filmmaking." What is was was just like an action movie.
3. "Elf Recruitment Video" (1 minute) A cute trailer.
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Very recommended family Christmas movie!