Teaser Trailer: ‘Arthur Christmas’

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The first trailer for the Aardman Animation’s 3D holiday adventure Arthur Christmas has been released. The film which features the voice talents of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, and Imelda Staunton looks to continue Aardman’s terrific run of top-notch animated films that includes the popular Wallace and Gromit series.

The children’s film was filmed utilizing CG-animation, unlike Aardman’s earlier works which were brought to life via clay-mation. The company used a similar process for Flushed Away, which was a modest hit when released back in 2006. Arthur Christmas is directed by Barry Cook (Mulan) and Sarah Smith. Here is the official synopsis:

Set on Christmas night, the story of Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

McAvoy leads the cast as Arthur, the good-natured but clumsy younger son of Santa. Arthur LOVES everything to do with Christmas; indeed, he is the only one in his family still captivated by the magic of the holiday. Laurie will play Arthur’s older brother Steve, heir to the reins, a cool, incredibly capable guy who has given the North Pole high-tech efficiency, military-style precision. Broadbent plays Santa, who pictures himself as the guy in charge at the North Pole, but is now more of a figurehead as the operation has outgrown him. Nighy plays Santa’s 136-year-old father, Grandsanta, a cranky old codger who hates the modern world, is always grumbling that Christmas ‘was better when I was Santa’ and has a tense relationship with Steve, who he calls ‘A postman with a spaceship.’ Jensen will play Bryony, a lowly elf from the Giftwrap Battalion, with an eager-to-please attitude and an obsession with wrapping and bows. Imelda Staunton rounds out the cast as Mrs. Santa, dedicated wife and mother to her husband and son.

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