Hooves of Fire (1999)

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Robbie, an out-of-condition reindeer, tries to earn a place on Santa's crack sleigh team.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Prancer (voice)
Donner (voice)
Blitzen (voice)
Caroline Quentin ...
Vixen (voice)
Jean Alexander ...
Mrs. Santa (voice)
Santa Claus (voice)
Head Elf (voice)
Old Jingle (voice)
Tony Anscombe ...
Elf #3 (voice)
Donner (voice)
Narrator (voice)


Robbie the reindeer is determined to win a place pulling Santa's sled. Unfortunately, he's got two problems facing him. One, he's sadly out of shape; two, he doesn't realize his pal Blitzen is cheating! Confused by the temptations of sexy lady reindeer Vixen, and completely unaware of bubble-headed Donner's love for him, Robbie faces the race of his life. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Release Date:

25 December 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire  »

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Originally, Rudolph's name is never mentioned specifically because of copyright reasons. Only because of this was its omission then worked into the plot as a running gag. See more »


Robbie: I know what we do one day a year, but what about the other 364?
Blitzen: Well, usually it's like -
[scene of reindeer exercising]
Robbie: Oh. I was hoping it would be more -
[scene of Robbie dancing at a wild party]
Robbie: Or maybe sometimes -
[scene of reindeer playing guitar by the fire]
Blitzen: Sorry, Robbie. But it's definitely -
[scene of reindeer exercising]
Robbie: Right. When's the next bus out of town?
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As the credits roll in the American dubbed version, we see behind the scenes of the actors recording the voices for their characters. See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Mark Knopfler
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Just thirty minutes long but a scream all the same!
17 February 2000 | by (Leicester, England) – See all my reviews

This was the funniest programme on the television at Christmas in Britain. It follows the adventures of a young reindeer called Robbie (the son of Rudolph)who has been sent by his father to Lapland to train and navigate Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. However, there are a couple of problems in Robbie's way. He is lazy and will do anything to get out of work , a female reindeer called Vixen has caught his eye and made him go all gooey and the leader of the sleigh team, Blitzen, is constantly conspiring to keep Robbie off the sleigh team because he hates Rudolph (Robbie's father) and wants to humiliate him. However, Robbie's friend, Donner, learns of this plan and informs Robbie and tells him to train like mad for the Reindeer Games. You can be rest assured that all turns out well in the end. British viewers will enjoy the depiction of the British sport commentators, Des Lynam and Alan Hansen as a yeti and a snowman respectively, and look out for a joke about the singer, Seal. All in all, it was one of the funniest short animations I have ever seen. I was in stitches on Christmas Day and it is well worth watching, whether you're an adult or a child, or just a big kid!!!

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