Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Arthur Christmas: International trailer delivers even more Ho-Ho-Ho...

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Well then, barely a few hours after the first full trailer went up I’ve got the international trailer to go up too. Of course I really don’t want to repeat myself so I’ll not go over the ground already covered then...

Arthur Christmas: Aardman’s latest feature film gets a full trailer at last...

This film has some great actors providing the voices including James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as Arthur, Hugh Laurie (House, Stuart Little)  as Steve, Bill Nighy Pirates of The Caribbean 2 & 3, Shaun of The Dead) as Grandsanta, Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter 6 & 7, The Borrowers) as Santa, Ashley Jensen (Extras, Ugly betty) as Bryony and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter 5 & 7.1, Nanny McPhee) as Mrs. Santa. It is Aardman’s first 3D film, as well as the first in their new partnership with Sony Pictures Animation. It is also the next step in Aardman’s attempts to go from awards darlings and Domestic heavyweights to a truly global ‘brand. Much like Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, Aardman have the highest respect from other animators and fans he world over; but their films don’t necessarily make huge amounts of money, at the cinema, outside of their some country and certainly not in North America. Hopefully (assuming the film is good, and being Aardman that’s all but guaranteed) it will really break through.

Aardman at the movies...
North American Gross
International Gross
U.K Gross
* Chicken Run
Wallace and Gromit:
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Flushed Away
* The UK exact gross for Chicken run may be slightly higher

The interesting thing about the figures in that chart is that t shows a much stronger performance for the traditional Stop motion Clay work that Aardman is famous for, in their domestic market. With massive takings for Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit pretty much 2 to 2.5 bigger than that for Flushed Away; which with $22m was still a fair sized hit in the UK. Both Aardman ans Sony Pictures Animation will be hoping that the strong sals of Flushed Away  on DVD, and the fans it has picked up on TV  etc down the years, will make audiences more receptive to a computer animated Aardman film.

“An Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, 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.”

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