I’m embarrassed to admit this but when I signed up for Arthur’s Christmas for the Blogging Event for the 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family Channel, I thought it had something to do with Arthur, the 1981 movie starring Dudley Moore as the drinking playboy millionaire. You know the song, “When you get lost between the moon and New York City…”
(Hey, there is Santa Claus: Movie with Dudley Moore)
So anyway, last night, Saturday, December 6, at 9PM (EST) I got comfy on the couch in my jammies with a cup of hot tea. Watching the network-television premiere of what was described as “the delightful holiday movie” Arthur Christmas,” featuring the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Jim Broadbent as Santa, seemed like it would be the perfect activity on this rainy night after having returned from traveling out of state late the night before. My five year old son was already fast asleep while my sleepy 18 month old cuddled on her Daddy’s lap drinking milk.
I was happy to discover that the movie was animated, but wished there wasn’t commercials.
The movie begins with a little girl, Gwen, who mails a letter from England to Santa Claus in the North Pole. She requests a pink twinkle bike with stabilizers. She has lots of questions, including How can Santa get around the whole world in one night?
After the commercial break, the movie is taking place in Denmark. We are introduced to Arthur, Santa’s youngest son, who wears an ugly Christmas sweater.
As someone who is not into historical period pieces (the exact opposite of my husband) I was very happy to see that the movie was taking place in the present. The characters had all the conveniences of modern day, including mobile phones, GPS, and a Versace suit (this belonged to Santa’s oldest son, the heir apparent.)
I don’t mean to be a Scrooge and sound all ba humbug, but as I glanced at the clock, I was wondering why this movie was being stretched out for 2 hours. We all know the plot of the movie and especially how it would end.
Clearly I am not a fan of the movie. My husband, who had no interest in watching it, but sat down in the room to keep me company, was following it much more than I was. After an hour, when he retired for the night and went to bed, I hit record on my remote control to finish the movie today. Fast-forwarding through commercial breaks, I would be able to get through the rest in no time. I feel it’s important to keep in mind that the only holiday classics I grew up watching was Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.
The ABC Family debut of the new Christmas special “Toy Story That Time Forgot” airs TONIGHT on Sunday, December 7 (8:00– 8:30 PM ET/PT) I’m expecting to enjoy this one much, much more.
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On Sunday, December 21, the network will air a Rankin Bass holiday classics marathon, featuring such beloved programs as “The Little Drummer Boy” (1:00 – 1:30 PM ET/PT), “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (3:00-4:00 PM ET/PT), and “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (4:00 – 5:00 PM ET/PT).
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Did you watch Arthur? If so, did you enjoy the movie? Why or why not? Which are your favorite holiday movies?