Arthur is Santa’s youngest son, responsible for replying to all the letters that are written to Santa at Christmas. He is a little ‘accident prone’ but a very likeable character. The film begins on Christmas Eve as we watch Santa, his eldest son Steve and the army of elves embark on the giant task of delivering presents to all the children. The traditional ‘sleigh’ has gone and they now use a modern space ship type vehicle and have a state of the art control centre, built to ensure every child receives a Christmas present. Unfortunately the discovery is made that one child has been forgotten and has not received her Christmas present. Although Steve agrees to deliver the forgotten present a few days after Christmas, Arthur knows that this is not good enough and that the child must have her present on Christmas day!
Clip 1: Scene 6 from 22 minutes and 53 seconds to 26 minutes and 37 seconds. Clip 2: Scene 6 from 27 minutes and 50seconds to 28minutes and 55 seconds. (Approximately 5 mins in total)
The first clip I have chosen is where the missing present is discovered and we see the different reactions of Santa, Arthur and Steve. It ends with Arthur finding the letter that the child had originally written to Santa. The second clip shows Arthur’s grandfather suggesting that there might be a way to deliver the present after all!
Steve cannot see why Arthur is so upset about one child having been forgotten, when millions of children did receive a present on time. To Steve, the child is just a number on the computer. Arthur, however, knows that the child is more than just a number and that she is an individual who will be so upset if she hasn’t got a present on Christmas day. Arthur finds the letter that the child sent to Santa and finds out the name of the child and from then on refers to her by her name, rather than her computer number.
Arthur knows that even though millions of children have received their present, if just one has been ‘forgotten’ then they have failed in their mission. He knows that every child matters. He sees them as individuals, not as just numbers on a computer system.
For the remainder of the film we watch Arthur set off on his mission to ensure that the child receives her present in time for Christmas day. As you would expect, the journey is not straight forward but Arthur does not give up and does everything he can to reach the child in time.
Can some of Arthur’s characteristics be likened to God? Even though there are millions of people in the world, God still knows each of us by name. We are not just a ‘mass of people’. We are God’s children. He knows us as individuals.
You could also link this film in with Psalm 139.