In 2011, Santa is high tech. He zooms about the globe in an other-worldly looking craft.
The current Santa and his elves slide down ropes and use Mission: Impossible super-spy technology and military precision. And on one magic night, they disperse gifts to all the children in the world.
Arthur Christmas tells you how it’s done. The dilemma. Santa missed a kid. Santa never, ever misses a kid. Christmas delivery is run like a space shuttle launch and mission.
Older son Steve runs mission control at the North Pole and his elf crews sit in a NASA-like complex where everything is computerized. Steve blows off the oversight. With bureaucratic ease, Steve tosses off a “What’s the big deal?” Why? Christmas is still a huge success because the percentage of loss is infinitesimal.
Santa’s second son Arthur is a goofy idealist. He can’t stand the thought of the little girl not getting her bicycle. So he and Grandsanta — Santa’s dad — set out to right the wrong before the sun comes up.
Produced by Wallace and Gromit producer Peter Lord, and written and directed by Sarah Smith and co-written by Peter Baynham — who also wrote the remake of Arthur — Arthur Christmas is destined to be our new favorite Christmas movie. From the time Arthur and his granddaddy hitch up an old-fashioned sleigh to the film’s appropriate ending, one laugh after another will sleigh you.
This is really funny stuff with a great message and — sorry Muppets fans — it’s "the" holiday movie for the kiddos and for adults that still have a lot of kid left in them. Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated PG for mature themes. It opens today at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.