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YMMV: Arthur Christmas
  • Award Snub: Not getting an Oscar nomination.
  • Critical Research Failure: There is a city named Trelew in a Spanish-speaking country on the other side of the Atlantic from the one in Cornwall, but it's in Argentina, not Mexico.
  • Designated Villain: Steve. He's squarely in the position of being the villain, but all he really does that's bad is attempt to persuade Arthur that of the six hundred million kids who've had presents delivered, it doesn't really matter all that much if one of them gets her present a few days later. Apart from that he's intelligent, efficient, takes pride in his job and is even sympathetic, in that he's been waiting and hoping for years to become Santa and is doomed to be cheated out of what could be considered his inheritance. One of the criticisms the film received was that none of the characters were really mean enough to count as bad guys.
    • According to Word of God from writer and director Sarah Smith, Steve was never thought of by the film makers as a villain. It's probably due to bad marketing that some got the impression he was intended to be one. (Really, the film in general was marketed all wrong.)
  • Ear Worm: Justin Bieber's version of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" which plays before the film and during the credits.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This is not the first time elves acted as a super-spy prep team for Santa.
    • This was in production before that short though.
    • And both could be considered a Spiritual Successor to the elite E.L.F.S. squad that rescues Tim Allen with jet packs and tinsel guns in The Santa Clause
  • Ho Yay: Peter the elf certainly has some (unreciprocated) feelings for Steve. For example, after the lights go out in HQ, Steve is heard saying, "Peter...let go of my hand, please."
    • Not to mention Peter got him underwear covered in S's and the slogan "I BELIEVE IN STEVE".

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