Sony has dropped the teaser for Arthur Christmas, and it’s going to have Santa believersbuzzin‘ like they’re fly like a bee. It starts off with a Morgan Freeman impersonator (or maybe Freeman himself?) taking us through the frigid landscape of the North Pole like some penguins are going to pop out. Then an elf bombards the camera, trying to get us to look away, but we won’t, damnit. We see a tall lanky dude in the background, who the tweaking elf totally gives away as Santa’s son, and then a red sleigh that looks like an alien spacecraft. I’m freakin’ out, man! Quit messing with my traditional perception of Christmas!
James McAvoy plays Santa’s misfit son, Arthur, who executes an unauthorized rookie mission to get a present that Santa missed half way around the globe before dawn on Christmas morning. It’s a little disconcerting that Santa is just forgetting to drop presents off, but I’m glad someone is picking up the slack. I hope this film doesn’t take an awkward turn to examine Mr. Kringle’s battle with Alzheimer’s. That would not make for a very jolly tale at all.
Arthur Christmas crashes into theaters November 23, 2011.