Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

This Santa Flick Will Be a Classic

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

This Santa Flick Will Be a Classic

Article excerpt

FORGET the sleigh and flying reindeer. That is not how Santa does business any more.

In Arthur Christmas, being Santa Claus is a career, like being the CEO of a large but lovely company.

The average job lasts 70 years before it is handed down to the next son in line.

Like all modern businesses, the company has evolved and entered the computer generation.

Completely computer-operated, Santa travels the world in a spacecraft-like machine and the gift delivery is staged like Mission Impossible but with elves.

They descend from the sky stealth-like and in a military-style operation to carry out the delivery while Santa watches on.

Christmas has become such a big business and is carried out with such precision that it has lost its magic and the only person who seems to grasp its true excitement is the young Arthur, second in line to the red suit. When a child is accidentally forgotten, Arthur has to step up and save the day.

The story soon descends into a what-can-go-wrong-will-go-wrong-style road trip complete with lion attacks, escaped reindeer, crashes and clashes. …

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