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James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy To Voice Animated ‘Arthur Christmas’

James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy To Voice Animated 'Arthur Christmas'

3D/CG Film Will Also Feature The Voice of Imelda Staunton

How does Santa deliver all those toys on his own? Sure, he has tremendous help from the wage slave labor camp he runs beyond the jurisdiction of the United Nations populated with emaciated elves that start working almost as soon as they are able to walk. This system has been accepted for years, but a new film is set to shatter the illusion of Santa delivering those gifts by himself, save for the reindeer he illegally keeps without permits to run his sleds.

In the new Aardman/Sony Pictures 3D CG film, “Arthur Christmas,” it’s revealed that Santa has two sons: the younger, Arthur, and the elder, Steve, who runs the elf labor camps with “military precision.” A voice cast has already been found: James McAvoy will play Arthur, Hugh Laurie will voice the older brother and they are joined by Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy.

Presumably Nighy or Broadbent will voice Santa and our hope is its the latter. Sarah Smith and Barry Cook are co-directing, with the supremely busy Michael Giacchino and Adam Cohen composing the score. Sony have set the film for a November 23, 2011 release. [Bleeding Cool/Deadline]

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