With AFM starting today, a teaser poster for Aardman Animation’s 3D holiday adventure Arthur Christmas has been released. Featuring the voice talents of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, and Imelda Staunton, Arthur looks to continue Aardman’s terrific run of top-notch animated films that includes the popular Wallace and Gromit series, and DreamWorks’ Flushed Away. Previous artwork for Arthur can be found here.
The children’s film will reportedly be filmed utilizing CG-animation, unlike Aardman’s earlier works which were brought to life via clay-mation. The company used a similar process for Flushed Away, which was a modest hit when released back in 2006. Arthur Christmas is directed by Barry Cook (Mulan) and Sarah Smith (TV mini-series Thin Ice), and written by Smith and Peter Baynham. The film will be distributed by Sony Pictures November 23, 2011. Hit the jump for the poster and the synopsis.
Here’s the synopsis:
This Christmas movie highlights the technological advances of operations at the North Pole, revealing how Santa and his vast army of highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, every operation has a margin of error… When one of 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve is missed, it is deemed “acceptable” to all but one, Arthur. Arthur Claus is Santa’s misfit son who executes an unauthorized rookie mission to get the last present half way around the globe before dawn on Christmas morning
sorry that we don’t have a complete image. We got it out of a magazine and had to scan it. When we get an updated image, we’ll post an update.