MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,314 this week

Prancer (1989)

G  |   |  Drama, Family, Fantasy  |  17 November 1989 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 2,785 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 17 critic

A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa's, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.

Director:

(as John Hancock)

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

Related News

Celebrity Biography: Johnny Galecki
| PopStar
Celebrity Biography: Johnny Galecki
| PopStar

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 04 Nov 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 19 Sep 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 16 Nov 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 24 Dec 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Prancer" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Prancer (1989)

Prancer (1989) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Prancer.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.

Director: Phillip Borsos
Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton
Frosty the Snowman (TV Short 1969)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" ... See full summary »

Director: Les Mayfield
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Hallie and Ethans divorced mother is about to remarry. When Hallie goes to visit Santa Claus, she asks for an unusual gift - she wants her parents back together again.

Director: Robert Lieberman
Stars: Harley Jane Kozak, Jamey Sheridan, Ethan Embry
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin
Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An oil company is exploring two Arctic sites for oil. The needed blasting at the first site rocks Santa Claus' North Pole village. He realizes that any blasting at the second site will ... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Cooper
Stars: Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney, Paul Le Mat
Rudolph's Shiny New Year (TV Movie 1976)
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rudolph must find for Happy, the baby New Year, before midnight, New Year's Eve.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn
Jack Frost (TV Movie 1979)
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer
Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Paul Soles
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (TV Short 1976)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Frosty's kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy?

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters, Dennis Day
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Mrs. McFarland
...
...
Orel Benton
...
Mr. Stewart / Santa
...
Jessica Riggs
John Duda ...
Steve Riggs (as John Joseph Duda)
...
Carol Wetherby
...
Herb Drier
...
Billy Quinn
Walter Charles ...
Minister
Victor Truro ...
Mr. Young
Marcia Porter ...
Mrs. Fairburn
...
Mr. Soot
Robert Zimmermann ...
Wagnall
Edit

Storyline

Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town. She hides him in her barn and feeds him cookies, until she can return him to Santa. Her father finds him and decides to sell him to the butcher, not for venison chops, but as an advertising display. Written by <Vertigus@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Christmas adventure for the whole family. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jessica und das Rentier  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$18,587,135 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Prancer was filmed in Three Oaks, Mi. See more »

Goofs

When Prancer is joining Santa at the end, you see Jessica and her father standing apart in the wide shot, but in the closeups they are embracing each other. See more »

Quotes

John Riggs: [to Steve at the dinner table] If you're gonna eat like an animal, take your food out to the barn.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

My favorite holiday movie
20 December 2000 | by (Oceana, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

Prancer is one of those special movies that come along every once in a great while that truly touches your heart. It doesn't rely on gimmicks or special effects, but relies on the characters themselves. Jesse, the central character in the story, finds an injured reindeer near her home, and believes it to be Prancer. And she nurses the reindeer back to health in order to deliver him back to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The true meaning of the movie is said by the preacher in the church during the Christmas service. Today's kids grow up so fast, and loose the child-like faith that Jesse has in a few short years. They then don't believe in anything that science doesn't prove. But Jesse, against impossible odds, sticks to her beliefs, and in the end brings back the faith of those who lost theirs long ago. Prancer is one of those holiday movies to buy for both your kids and yourself.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Heartwarming or depressing? MaximumCheese
film locations of this film CM3885-1
Little Girl aduelley
Favorite scene joanbrazas
Are those masses for real? KRBbluquail-1
Very partial to this movie aschultz0421
Discuss Prancer (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?