If you follow along with this blog, you'll know I'm consistently wary of animated films that aren't by or associated with Disney.
More often than not, I find the animation quality lacking and the tone falling flat for my personal tastes.
Arthur Christmas (2011) was made by Aardman Animation in collaboration with Sony. I had heard good things but only got around to seeing it for the first time last week and let me tell you, I'm in love.
Arthur Christmas is by no means perfect, but it comes impressively close.
The story follows Arthur, the 20 something son of the current Santa Claus, as he struggles on Christmas Eve to deliver an almost forgotten present to a little girl in England.
The characters in this are truly wonderful thanks, in no small part, to the wonderful voice casting.
Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney and Michael Palin are among the excellently utilised cast and they do a brilliant job of bringing the beautiful animations well and truly to life.
I laughed out loud watching this, I cheered watching this, I cried watching this.
Arthur Christmas will be a must watch come December in our house from now on.
If it's charms have alluded you thus far, 2016 is the time to remedy that.