Exclusive Interview: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS director Sarah Smith finds a new spirit of Christmas

Arthur in ARTHUR CHRISTMAS | ©2011 Sony Pictures Animation/Aardman Animation

Finding a new take on the familiar Santa Claus adventures is a formidable task, but writer-director Sarah Smith and co-writer Peter Baynham were up for the challenge with the new animated film ARTHUR CHRISTMAS. A CGI co-production between Aardman Animation and Sony Pictures Animation, the story follows wayward Santa Claus offspring Arthur – a well-to-do nebbish who believes in the true spirit of Christmas, but will sadly never be next in line for the Santa job with his much more together older brother Steve – who has completely streamlined the Santa operation for dear old Santa dad with a state-of-the-art […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Movie Poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Ashley Jensen, Imelda Staunton Writers: Peter Baynham & Sarah Smith Director: Sarah Smith Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: November 23, 2011 Some fantasy subgenres are so populous that they have arguably outgrown the designation of “sub”: the lovelorn vampire, the quest through mystical lands, the zombie apocalypse. Add to this list (and check it twice) the genre of Santa having gift delivery issues on Christmas Eve. The newest iteration of this last is ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, the first 3D CGI animation (as opposed to stop-motion Claymation) offering from Aardman, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS screenwriter Peter Baynham spreads the comedic holiday spirit

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS teaser poster | ©2011 Sony Picures Home Entertainment

While most people are getting ready for Halloween, Sony Pictures Imageworks prepared for Christmas on their animation studio lot in Culver City, CA on Monday afternoon. The occasion was a sneak peak of the first thirty minutes of their new holiday themed animation film ARTHUR CHRISTMAS directed and co-written by Sarah Smith about the well-meaning but useless son of Santa Claus who embarks on a journey with Grandsanta to deliver the one present that was missed during Santa’s latest world-wide jaunt. The comedy is a co-production with Aardman Animation Studios (famous for the WALLACE AND GROMIT shorts and films). And […]Read On »

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