DVD review: Arthur Christmas

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The Independent Culture

Aardman's cartoon about Father Christmas and his two sons is bright, colourful fun.

It's got zippy action sequences, countless visual gags and a sprinkling of festive magic. But you can't help feeling that it could easily have come from Pixar or DreamWorks. Rather than having the hand-made, Heath-Robinson individuality of Wallace & Gromit, Arthur Christmas is a precision-engineered model of contemporary corporate animation.