Date watched: Sunday 18th December 2016

Format: Netflix

Year released: 2011

First time watching?: No


From IMDb: “Santa’s clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.”

Christmas movie fever strikes again.

This movie really is about the true spirit of Christmas. The character of Arthur is incredibly infectious with his adoration of his father and love of the Christmas season. His passion to deliver a present to the child who got missed warms your heart when you’re watching this movie, and you find yourself cheering Arthur on no matter what your age.

Sit down kids and let me tell you a beautiful story about the first time I watched this movie …

My husband and I were in the cinema. We were the only people there without a small child attached to us, as is the norm when we go to see movies aimed at youngsters. Anyway, there’s a moment, near the end of the movie, where the sun is rising and Arthur is running up the rise with a bike, and you don’t think he’ll make it to the house and this little voice from the back of the theatre starts cheering and clapping “Come on Arthur! Come on! You can do it!” Pure adorableness.

This story rears it’s head every time we watch this movie.

It’s just fun. A silly, fun, Christmas movie, which is what Christmas is all about really. The characters in this movie are so charming – Steve (Arthur’s older brother) with his military style approach to Christmas makes perfect sense to me; highly organised and efficient present delivery (much better than the Royal Mail, they should take notes). Santa just wants to remain the name of the operation even though he’s due to retire, Grandsanta lives in the past and wants them all to remember that it worked just as well when he was the figurehead. I also love Briony, the wrapping elf who can wrap anything with just “three bits of sticky tape!” Her enthusiasm is just as infectious as Arthur’s.

While the animation isn’t really anything special it’s obvious that the filmmakers had fun making this movie. The story is entertaining enough for all ages and the characters themselves are so fleshed out you can tell a lot of work was put into character development and the storyboarding. A great movie for the season and for all ages. Another Christmas classic!

My rating: 7.5/10