Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit) gives us two new bits of information in their 3-D Holiday film. Santa and Mrs Claus have two sons and their Christmas Eve present delivery system has gone high tech.
Son Steve (voice by Hugh Laurie) is in charge of the control room where everything is planned and carried out. He may not have much of a personality, but Steve makes sure that each gift is received without a hitch. He wears a uniform, is barrel chested and non-nonsense.
Brother Arthur (voice by James McAvoy) on the other hand, cares about each child. He's in charge of reading and answering Santa's letters. Arthur's a little clumsy, wears a bright green Christmas sweater, furry brown slippers and his visits to the control room are frowned upon.
Elves take a front seat in the gift delivery process. They rappel down from a huge red flying saucer which resembles a sleigh. Santa, who is tired from his many years on the job, tags along. If he happens to take a nap at one of the homes, Steve can monitor and resolve any problem before a child wakes and discovers Santa sleeping on their bedroom floor.
When everyone returns to the North Pole and all the congratulatory pats on the back for a job well done are over, they find that Gwen's wish for a pink bike was overlooked and the bike is still there. Arthur remembered the little British girl and feels horrible about the omission, so its Arthur to the rescue.
He summons Grandsanta (voice by Bill Nighy) - retired and very cranky - to help him with his mission. They get the old sleigh and reindeer out of mothballs and set out to make a little girl's dreams come true.
Arthur Christmas is a clever story with plenty of 3-D action to keep kids entertained. The 3 year old that accompanied me liked the elves and the wild sleigh ride, and I found it quite charming.