We have finally got round to the last Aardman film on the list, and you can probably tell why I left it till last. Arthur Christmas is only the second cgi animated film created by Aardman. It deviates from the standard art style seen in almost all the Aardman films and shows. It is a great film and worth a watch this Christmas. So without further ado, lets get on with the list of Easter Eggs in Arthur Christmas.
We start off with a homage to one of the best Aardman scnes ever; Gromit’s train chase. In the Wrong Trousers, Gromit has to chase Feather’s McGraw on his train set, unfortunetly he runs out of track and has to speedily place the track down in front of him. This can be seen in Arthur Christmas too, when one of the elves has to lay out a train set we can see him speedily lay it out in front of him.
As well as being made by Aardman, the film was also created by Sony Animation. Sony wanted to add in a cheeky bit of product placement. One of the first okes in the film involves what everyone thinks is a fireplace, but is actually a flat screen television. This flat screen is none other than a Sony Bravia. I suppose it makes sense. If I was Sony I wouldn’t want to advertise Panasonic.
Whether Arthur Christmas is a Christmas film classic remains to be seen, but we all know the significance of the Snowman film by Raymond Briggs. It was great to see a snippet of it playing in the background. Lets hope Arthur Christmas becomes just as much a classic as the Snowman.
A nice cameo of Shaun the Sheep snuck in.
I don’t know how much they paid for this product placement, but it was certainly worth it. The Post Office and the Co-op both appear in the film. It cool to see these in the film, as I doubt most overseas viewers wouldn’t get it.
We can now see a poster advertising the film Open Season created by Sony and Columbia. Funnily enough, Arthur Christmas was also made by Sony and Columbia. It is obvious why they added in this nice detail.
In the UK and I assume many other countries, a company named Haynes create guides and manuals on a variety of subjects. They are best known for car manuals, but more recently they have been creating pop culture guides based on things like Wallace and Gromit’s inventions to the Star Trek Enterprise. Whether Aardman wanted this to be featured because of the recent guides to Wallace’s barmy inventions is unknown, but I can’t help but think it helped.
The last detail is fairly obscure. Chop Socky Chooks was an animated tv show created by Aardman and Sony back in 2008. It appeared on Cartoon Network and from what I can see received relatively bad reviews. I am a massive Aardman fan, and I have never seen an episode so that probably tells you how unpopular it was. However, it made an appearance in Arthur Christmas, so maybe it is loved more than I thought.
Now that all the main films are finished I shall create a page featuring all the different films in a timeline. I shall also be creating videos giving more details about the different easter eggs in the various films. So keep your eyes peeled.