Aardman's Arthur Christmas teaser trailer online
James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Ashley Jenson in Aardman's latest animated adventure, what more do you want? Well there isn't any Wallace or Gromit I'm afraid, but there is a rather cool looking teaser trailer.
I say teaser because the trailer is all about teasing the concept of the film and is a made for trailer trailer, if you get my meaning. However the fun is still there and it looks to deliver some modern twists on the whole Santa legend.
Of course this isn't a film of the real Santa, not by a long shot, this is a fantasy film, not a documentary. So far no one's managed to get near enough to get any real footage or information on Santa, perhaps that's going to be the next “found footage” film – hey, give me credit if someone uses that for a real film.
Anyway, back on point. Arthur Christmas is the new animated film from Aardman and the plot goes like this:
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 sons.
My only disappointment is that this is a teaser trailer that's aware of itself and it isn't really about the film, and with these types of trailer you can never get an idea of the film itself. Mind you it's an Aardman, why wouldn't it be great? Oh yeah, it's CG and it's in 3D.