Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Movie Review: Arthur Christmas
A change is in order, it is almost time for the handing down to the third generation. Grandpa Santa is losing his marbles a bit, Father Santa is getting tired, and does not seem to be able to stand up to the intense personality of his eldest son. His eldest son would like to automate and computerize everything...but will a personal touch be lost? The youngest son, Arthur, appears inept but his heart is in the right place. So how will this all turn out? Oh my, such an adventure :-)
The animation is fantastic; all the way down to the liver spots on the elders. Color and motion are a delight to the senses.
And I almost, ALMOST got to give this movie a total clean bill of health for actually sticking to a G rating without any inappropriate adult humor. Then they brought in the chihuahua that humps a slipper. It is subtle, and will fly past most kids. But WHY does Hollywood insist on placing adult humor in G rated animated films? It makes me so mad I could spit. Is it because they think that if there isn't adult humor in G rated films people won't take their little kids to see it? If there isn't something naughty in it for adults, they won't come? Are adults really that retarded? Are we not able to enjoy a movie with our children simply to watch their joy? If that's the case, I'm deeply saddened.
It is a minor infraction (but why are there ANY infractions in G rated films?), and most children will not even notice. Many adults may not notice either. I used to have a slipper humping poodle, so I was pretty aware of what was happening. The only way to send the message to Hollywood, sadly is by NOT seeing films that don't stick to the rating systems. I'm a purist about protecting the innocence of children. I think G rated movies should be a sacred safe place for children's entertainment. They gotta grow up and be exposed to yucky stuff soon enough.
All that being said. I did enjoy the movie. I was having a bad day, and I'm totally not getting into the Christmas spirit. I asked my Sweet Baboo to go with me and it helped lift me up. It is a pretty sweet movie. I'm always so impressed by how the world of animation has grown. It's magic. A sweet story where the heart and what's right always win out. Ooops...did I give too much away?
Oh, and for my friend Larry, there is even a Justin Beiber music video to enjoy (SNORK!).
I put this here for you Larry. I know you love him.