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Ever wonder how Santa does his job? Next year's ARTHUR CHRISTMAS has the answer! See the trailer!

Nordling here.

Logistically, it's impossible.  If Santa Claus could actually deliver all those presents in that amount of time, his sleigh would burn up in re-entry and all those reindeer would be so much charred dust in the atmosphere.  Not to mention the Xbox you have coming to you would probably land as a burning pebble on your lawn.  Just imagine that - burning, screaming terror in the skies, all because YOU needed this year's newest doo-hickey.  Santa's dead.  And it's all your fault.  Way to go.

Actually, this is the new film from Aardman Animations, who always do great work - Wallace and Gromit, anyone? - and stars the voices of James MacAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill "It's quite alright, I ran it under a cold tap!" Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Ashley Jensen.  This is also directed by Sarah Smith , who also worked on BRASS EYE and with director Armando Iannucci (IN THE LOOP), and Barry Cook, who's worked on many of the great Disney animated classics.  Then you've got the script by Smith and Peter Baynham, who's brought the funny in such shows as BRASS EYE and I AM ALAN PARTRIDGE.  So, yeah, this might be more than your average Christmas kids' fare.

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS opens November, 2011.  Looks pretty fun to me.
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  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    I like that alot!

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    It's called Arthur Christmas

    by technotranceporter

    Yet it comes out "Holiday 2011" Wtf is "Holiday"? You would think a film called 'Arthur Christmas' would come out around Christmas..right? When does Holiday start? Does Holiday have Santa Clause? Maybe he's called bullshit fucker or something. That sounds good. Hey kids..tomorrow is Holiday! Betcha can't wait for bullshit fucker to come down your chimney and rape your dreams because some agnostic fuck ruined Christmas! Maybe bullshit fucker will bring you that politically correct toy you wanted!! Or not... I feel better..:)

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Wow! This looks surprisingly good.

    by onezeroone

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    The Santa Clause answered this question!

    by Craig2574

    There is a time bubble around his sleigh that makes time go slower I thought!

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    There was an old character actor named Eric Christmas

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I wonder if he had to check in to hotels as Eric Holiday?

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Ugh... no more Santa movies... ever. PLEASE!

    by impossibledreamers

    I'm sorry. I'm not some Bill O'Reilly War-on-Christmas Fox News chucklehead but I am just sick and tired of 'so and so saved Christmas' movies thanks to helping Santa deliver the material goods... ugh. Enough already.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    technotranceporter beat me to it...


    But I will join in. I am SO tired of this PC shit... SO VERY TIRED. Holiday 2011?!? Who REALLY gets offended when you say CHRISTMAS when talking about December 25?! I work on Thomas the Tank Engine, and we get episodes where they mention Christmas Trees, and they talk about Father Christmas, but in the end proclaim "Happy Winter Holidays!" "Happy Holidays is what a terrorist would say. Merry Christmas" - Jack Donaghy.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    The PC Debate

    by Inglorious Bastard

    Could it be that Christmas is a specific day and "Holiday" can encompass the entire season? So they could be covering their bases in case it doesn't come out on Christmas Day. The only thing that is more annoying than the bullshit consumerism of Christmas is the bullshit complaining over the fact that people say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Isn't it a little ironic that all the people who complain over that nonsense will also go out and buy a Christmas Tree or gifts for their kids and do a myriad of other things that have nothing to do with the actual meaning of Christmas. There are other religions besides your own, grow the fuck up and deal with it.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Fuck you all. Christmas, Holidays

    by eric haislar

    does it fucking matter? Please remove your heads from your asses. If someone wants to say holiday let them, it someone wants to say Christmas let them. Who gives a shit who gives a fuck! All this bitching is pointless, also Merry Christmas Assholes!

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to....

    by Mono

    ...that movie where Vince Vaughn was Santa's brother or something? Did that ever come out?

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    I thought this was the Russell Brand Arthur

    by choonie

    Yuck for that

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar Holy shit Kevin Smith became a film maker!!!

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Two Arthurs by Peter Baynham next year?

    by penhapus

    Did he start work on one and realise half way though it was the wrong one or summat?

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    That trailer didnt show anything worthy

    by 1997-2011

    just rednecks running around. KS is no filmmaker

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Dude really come on?

    by eric haislar

    Didn't show anything? How about just the fact that looks like no Kevin Smith before. I mean come on it look like something Ben Affleck Directed.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Nordling, your mistake?

    by rabidfnark

    Bringing logic into it. (;

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    I already own an Xbox. It's okay...

    by Tigger Tales

    Someday I will beat Knights of the Old Republic.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by King_Knut

    Which holiday would that be, then? The August Bank Holiday? Whitsunday? The Queen's Jubilee? IT'S FUCKING CHRISTMAS!! And whoever invented the term "Chrismukkah" should be hanged by their smug, appeasing, cowardly balls.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    The point is...

    by zdog22

    its not that I care when people say "happy holidays" I care when people say you CAN'T say Merry Christmas

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    My two favorite things - Christmas and UFO's

    by 3D-Man

    They've already got my $15.00.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    That's what I was expecting - drunken Russell Brand rampaging in a Santa suit.

  • Dec. 23, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    cool.santa is really an alien. count me in

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Fables explained it best

    by Tigger11

    Bill Willingham explained how Santa Claus does it pretty well in a Christmas issue a few years ago. Santa in fact can be in more then one place at a time, in fact he can be everywhere at once, just only on Christmas Eve.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Trailer's been out for weeks...

    by dreamwriter1888

    Wow...I saw this toward the beginning of the month on DarkHorizons. I thought this post must've been for a new trailer, but no. Regardless, the movie could be okay. The trailer doesn't really give out much sense of the plot.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    You're kidding right...

    by dreamwriter1888

    Seriously, you must be kidding. It's called Fred Clause. Go to Walmart and pick it up for the family for $10.

  • Dec. 24, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by SkinJob69

    I thought this was going to star a CGI-version of Dudley Moore drunkenly dropping presents out of a Gulfstream G550.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm looking forward to this

    by FeralAngel

    Looks pretty decent. And Aardman is the shit. WILL be seeing this.