SUPPORT FILMTRACKS! CLICK HERE FIRST:
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
iTunes (U.S.)
Amazon.ca
Amazon.fr
eBay (U.S.)
Amazon.de
Amazon.es
Half.com
Glisten Effect
Editorial Reviews
Scoreboard Forum
Viewer Ratings
Composers
Awards
   NEWEST MAJOR REVIEWS:
     1. Transformers: Last Knight
    2. Cars 3
   3. The Mummy
  4. Wonder Woman
 5. POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales
6. Alien: Covenant


   CURRENT BEST-SELLING SCORES:
       1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
      2. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
     3. Willow
    4. The Ghost and the Darkness
   5. An American Tail
  6. The Wind and the Lion
 7. Doctor Strange
8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
   CURRENT MOST POPULAR REVIEWS:
         1. Star Wars: Force Awakens
        2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
       3. Titanic
      4. Avatar
     5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
    6. Gladiator
   7. Star Wars: A New Hope
  8. Animal Farm
 9. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
10. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
Home Page
Arthur Christmas
(2011)
Album Cover Art
Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Halli Cauthery
Chris Bacon

Co-Conducted by:
Nick Ingman

Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh
Jennifer Hammond
Labels Icon
LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Sony Classical
(Europe)
(November 22nd, 2011)

Madison Gate Records
(America)
(November 22nd, 2011)
Availability Icon
ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The European album is a regular CD release by Sony Classical. The American album from Madison Gate Records contains identical contents and is primarily distributed via download but also available through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service.
Awards
AWARDS
None.
Also See Icon
ALSO SEE




Decorative Nonsense
PRINTER FRIENDLY VIEW
(inverts site colors)




   Availability | Viewer Ratings | Comments | Audio & Track Listings | Notes
Buy it... if heart-warming orchestral fantasy music for the holidays raises your spirits all year, because Harry Gregson-Williams' last minute replacement score contains a steady stream of engaging action and awe-inspired beauty.

Avoid it... if you consider many rousing children's scores to be blandly tonal sonic wallpaper, in which case this well executed music may not contain enough unique thematic structures or other characteristics to distinguish itself.
Review Icon
EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,629
WRITTEN 1/13/12
Shopping Icon
BUY IT



Gregson-<br>Williams
Gregson-
Williams
Arthur Christmas: (Harry Gregson-Williams/Various) Slipping under the radar in America's 2011 holiday season was Arthur Christmas, a critically acclaimed animated story about the high-tech procedures of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve that prevailed over production woes to retrieve over $120 million in grosses for Sony and British animation house Aardman. Featuring an impressive cast of major and cameo voices, the feel-good family adventure reveals the extensive operations that go into delivering presents from Santa to so many children around the world once per year, including the use of imaginative technology to streamline the process to perfection. Santa's sleigh is actually a massive UFO-like vessel that is commanded from a space-age control center at the North Pole, and all goes well until a glitch in the system causes one present to go undelivered. In the aftermath, the elves panic upon learning of this wayward mishap, but the real trouble arises when the Claus family argues with itself about the solution. The older generations of current and previous Santas is tired and feels no need to rush about rectifying the error, while the two sons who both seek to become the next Santa are also at odds. While the clinical, older son is anxious to helm the technology and take control from his father, his younger brother, the titular Arthur, is relegated to answering letters to Santa but actually has his heart in the better place. Those intentions lead him on an adventure when he attempts to deliver the final present the old fashioned way: using reindeer. Over the course of the three years of active production that went into Arthur Christmas, there were reports of problems and lowered expectations for the film, and one area in which there was confirmed disagreement was the soundtrack. Ultimately, Justin Bieber's version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" made most of the headlines by not only being utilized for the end credits but also appearing as a music video exclusively shown before the film in theatres. The composing duties for the score were originally assigned to Michael Giacchino, who was slated to share credit for the work with Adam Cohen, who has orchestrated some of Giacchino's scores and is pursuing his own solo career. Near the end of post-production, and after Giacchino and Cohen had written material for the film, discord between the composers and filmmakers (there are indications that the novice director, Sarah Smith, had difficulty grasping the kind of music that the picture needed) caused the studio to seek a last-minute replacement. Harry Gregson-Williams, whose association with Aardman dates back to Chicken Run in 2000, stepped in with about a month remaining to provide a dynamic orchestral score.



Ratings Icon
VIEWER RATINGS
156 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.26 Stars
***** 33 5 Stars
**** 45 4 Stars
*** 34 3 Stars
** 18 2 Stars
* 26 1 Stars
  (View results for all titles)

Comments Icon
COMMENTS
1 TOTAL COMMENTS
Read All Start New Thread Search Comments
Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - January 28, 2012, at 7:40 a.m.
1 comment  (953 views)
More...


Track Listings Icon
TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 46:54
• 1. Trelew, Cornwall, England (1:49)
• 2. Operation Christmas (4:54)
• 3. "Waker!" (2:52)
• 4. Mission Control (2:56)
• 5. One Missed Child (3:00)
• 6. Bring Them Home (1:43)
• 7. Dash Away (3:46)
• 8. Paris Zoo? (2:30)
• 9. The Wrong Trelew (1:54)
• 10. Race to Gwen's House (2:09)
• 11. Arthur's Sadness (2:22)
• 12. Serengeti Escape (2:25)
• 13. "Worry Me!" (1:38)
• 14. Space Travel (2:49)
• 15. Goodbye Evie (2:49)
• 16. Christmas Morning (4:00)
• 17. We Wish You A... (0:49)
• 18. Make Someone Happy - performed by Bill Nighy (2:34)

Notes Icon
NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film.
Copyright © 2012-2017, Filmtracks Publications. All rights reserved.
The reviews and other textual content contained on the filmtracks.com site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
or redistributed without the prior written authority of Christian Clemmensen at Filmtracks Publications. All artwork and sound clips from Arthur Christmas are Copyright © 2011, Sony Classical (Europe), Madison Gate Records (America) and cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 1/13/12 (and not updated significantly since).
Reviews Preload Scoreboard decoration Ratings Preload Composers Preload Awards Preload Home Preload Search Preload