James McAvoy: 'Arthur Christmas' is a 'fun movie with a real solid Christmas heart
"That key ingredient is the threat that Christmas might not happen," says McAvoy. "It's an incredible thing -- that all the kids in one night in the world get a gift by one guy. That myth is so hard to protect and that's what makes it so epic to do it as a movie."
The "X Men: First Class" star also acknowledges that it's easy for holiday films to be generic and formulaic.
"But this film is an Aardman film. They make 'Wallace & Gromit,' 'Chicken Run' and they've made 'Flushed Away' and all that. And what their movies have always had is exquisite detail as well as a fantastic sense of humor and real heart," says McAvoy.
"But at the end of the day, it's really just a good fun movie with a real solid Christmas heart to it backed up by all that detail," he finishes.
"Arthur Christmas" opened nationwide Nov. 23. Have you seen the newest Christmas movie offering? What did you think?