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ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

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CELEBRITY CAMEOS - Many celebrities and production crew members recorded cameos for the film including:

Andy Serkis ("The Lord of the Rings”)
Joan Cusack ("Toy Story 3,” "Working Girl”)
Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid in the "Harry Potter” movies)
Dominic West ("300”)
Sanjeev Bhaskar ("Notting Hill”)
Jane Horrocks ("Chicken Run”) 
Rhys Darby ("Yes Men,” "Flight of the Concords”)
Michael Palin (Monty Python) as the elf Ernie Clicke

20TH SANTA - Santa Claus at the start of the film is the 20th in history.

MRS. SANTA - Mrs. Santa was actually inspired by Imelda Staunton long before she was even cast. The designers looked at the strong determined jaw, the intelligent, twinkling eyes, and the apple cheeks that surely are a Mrs. Santa essential.

FUN CAMEO - When Steve is sneaking into a Gwen's home towards the end of the movie, he almost steps on a Shaun the Sheep toy (from Aardman's popular TV show; Shaun was first introduced to audiences in the Oscar-winning Nick Park short, "A Close Shave”)

SWEATER - Arthur has a different Christmas sweater for every day of the year. His Easter one features the Easter Bunny leaving an egg for Santa on the front, and Santa leaving a Christmas present for the Easter Bunny on the back!

Arthur loves Christmas so much, he has a 365 Day Advent Calendar.

Arthur can sing "Silent Night” all the way through backwards.

Arthur is believed to be working on a version of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas' called ‘The 365 Days of Christmas' with 365 verses.

Some animators working on the movie bedecked their work spaces with Christmas trees, decorations and lights for the WHOLE two years they were animating!

Peter and Sarah first worked together in radio in the UK in 1990. The first time they worked together was on a topical sketch show called ‘Weekending' for BBC Radio 4.

Since Peter and Sarah started work on Arthur Christmas, they estimate that Santa has delivered 5,411,987,195 presents to 476 million children!

It is rumored that Santa's favorite pizza is 14 inch thin crust with pepperoni, olives, anchovies and mushroom. Unfortunately, the nearest delivery pizza restaurant to the North Pole is Classic Pizza, in Longyearbyen, Norway - 511.2 miles away. Unfortunately the distance and terrain are too far and the wrong terrain for the restaurant's bikes, so Santa has microwaved ones instead.

Arthur - and the way he fits (or rather doesn't) in the workings of The North Pole - is based on writer Peter Baynham, especially his experiences in the British Merchant Navy as a Navigating Officer, which he joined, inexplicably, even to him, when he was 16. He ran away to sea at this young age, then almost immediately realized he was totally unsuited to this macho world of practicality, organization and navigating by the stars. He stuck it out for five crazy years, during which he lost a lot of tools, nearly died from electrocution while using an electric drill in three feet of water, and the first time he was left in charge on a ship's bridge - a noxious chemical-filled floating version of the S-1 - he panicked, forgot all his training, and nearly collided with a ferry in the English Channel. If Peter was Santa's son, he would have flooded the elf barracks long ago!

Grandsanta is based on older relatives of Sarah Smith's and Peter Baynham's, who would say awful un-PC things at the dinner table.

FUN FACTS: Exploring Arthur's Office

BLINK AND YOU'LL MISS THEM DETAILS

Almost all the pictures on Arthur's wall were drawn by children of the production team or their friends and relatives, and are addressed to Santa. The rest were (very skillfully!) drawn by the production team.

All the mail in his office are categorized and sorted by country; you will see little stamp-sized flags sticking out of the boxes here and there.

Arthur has a round stamp with the North Pole logo that he uses to sign his letters. This was also made into a real stamp and was used on letters in the production team.

All the toys in Arthur's office had to be designed and built/colored/painted from scratch.

There are Christmas PEZ dispensers somewhere around and a Santa bubble gum dispenser.

There are about 30 different baubles all designed and with different colors/patterns, plus 5-6 different type of strings and tinsel and light string variations.

There's a Christmas tree shaped lava lamp in the corner of his room, an elf clock on the wall with the elves' hands being the minute and hour arrows

There is a Santa jack-in-the-box.

There are "Russian nesting doll”-type Santas scattered around.

Next to his computer is a Santa shaped walkie talkie.

The production crew tried many different handwritings for Gwen's letter to Santa before they found the right one.

There is a "Whack an elf" game somewhere and a dancing Christmas tree with sunglasses (like the dancing cola cans).

Some of the elf gadgets have funny names and details. There's some goggles with the name SNOWY on them, a play on SONY.

There are some fun books on Arthur's office shelves with titles like:
HOW TO WRITE A CHRISTMAS LIST by JUSTIN CASE
HAROLD ANGELS by LOTTIE WINGS
XMAS ANNUAL by BJORN. A. GAIN THE SNOW WOMEN by I.C.ROADS
SNOW SNAKES OF THE WORLD by ANNA CONDA
FREEZE A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW 
and CHRISTMAS TINSEL TOWN by DEC. O. RATION
WAYNE AMANGER by B CAROL
THE REIN DEER HUNTER with a picture of a reindeer holding a smoking gun.
ELF AND SAFETY MANUAL
HOLY CHRISTMAS by TIM BURR

 

FUN FACTS: Elves

There are one million elves that work on this mission: a gigantic advanced, covert operation all in the name of preserving the magic of Christmas. The elves work in teams of three, each team composed of one Field Elf Sergeant, one Field Delivery Elf and one Field Gadget Elf. Each team is only allowed 18.14 seconds to complete a delivery per household.

In addition to the strike teams, there is an assortment of specialty Elves able to handle any situation. There are also the Elves who staff Mission Control and the Field Elves who deliver the presents.

Here is a full list of the 13 Elf Rankings:

Field Elf
Feeler Elf
Alarms/Gadgets Elf
Wrapping Elf
Sorter Elf
I.T. Elf
Listener Elf
Paramedic Elf
Delivery Elf
Mission Control Elf
Special Santa Unit Elf
S-1 Crew Elf
Helmsman Elf

TRIVIA: The elves carry Chimney Lube!

FUN FACTS: Elf Gadgets

All of the elves have a variety of different gadgets and props that enable them to do their jobs. These include:

ELF-DOWN EMERGENCY C-CRACKER (aka ECC)
For use by MISSION ELVES, ALL RANKS
*for all ED (‘Elf Down') Situations, where personnel may be left behind by mission.

Contains:
Glucose Bar
Milk (1/4 pint)
Compressed Foil Blanket
Tent Capsule (1 cm long . Crush in forefinger and thumb to release one-elf tent. NEVER place in mouth).
Distress Ornament
Chocolate Coin
Candy Cane
Emergency Christmas pudding Miniature Christmas Tree.
Magic Dust Pellet (Break over head to enable floating escape)

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