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25 December 1999 (UK) See more »
Robbie, an out-of-condition reindeer, tries to earn a place on Santa's crack sleigh team. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)

Robbie Williams ... Narrator (voice)

Ardal O'Hanlon ... Robbie the Reindeer (voice)

Paul Whitehouse ... Prancer (voice)

Jane Horrocks ... Donner (voice)

Steve Coogan ... Blitzen (voice)
Caroline Quentin ... Vixen (voice)
Jean Alexander ... Mrs. Santa (voice)

Ricky Tomlinson ... Santa Claus (voice)

Rhys Ifans ... Head Elf (voice)

Harry Enfield ... Old Jingle (voice)
Tony Anscombe ... Elf #3 (voice)

Alistair McGowan ... Des Yeti / Alan Snowman / Trash Bag (voice)

Ben Stiller ... Robbie the Reindeer (voice: US version)

Britney Spears ... Donner (voice: US version)

James Woods ... Narrator (voice: US version)

Brad Garrett ... Prancer (voice: US version)

Hugh Grant ... Blitzen (voice: US version)

Leah Remini ... Vixen (voice: US version)

James Belushi ... Santa Claus / Tapir (voice: US version) (as Jim Belushi)

Jerry Stiller ... Old Jingle / Trash Bag (voice: US version)

Dick Enberg ... Des Yeti / Announcer (voice: US version)
Dan Dierdorf ... Alan Snowman (voice: US version)

Grey Griffin ... Mrs. Santa / Elf #2 (voice: US version) (as Grey DeLisle)

Rob Paulsen ... Bus Driver / Head Elf / Elf #1 (voice: US version)

Directed by
Richard Starzak  (as Richard Goleszowski)
Writing credits
Andy Riley  &
Kevin Cecil 

Richard Curtis 

Produced by
Alex Hardcastle .... consulting producer
Jacqueline White .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Knopfler 
Sound Department
Matt Creed .... adr recordist
Ken Galvin .... dialogue recordist
James Mather .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Matt Kasmir .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Dean Foard .... electrician
Animation Department
Pascual Perez .... animator
Music Department
Guy Fletcher .... musician: keyboards and vocals
Mark Knopfler .... musician: guitar and vocals
Other crew
Michael Hack .... voice director (US version)

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29 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | UK:U (video rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Donner:You've have to take him on. He needs to beat Blitzen.
Old Jingle:Blitzen? Is Blitzen involved in this?
Donner:You know Blitzen?
Old Jingle:Never heard of him, but he's gotta be stopped!
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) (TV)See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Hurrah!, 12 July 2004
Author: Templeton Moss from Kentucky

No one ever says "hurrah" do they? You never see, "And Gene Shallit says, 'Hurrah!'" in a newspaper. Which is a shame, because it's so much fun to say. Go on try it. No one's looking. Okay, on three, ready? One...two...three. HURRAH! There, that wasn't bad, was it?

Anyway, onto the actual film, it's wonderful. The story concerns Robbie (voiced by Irish comedian extraordinare Ardal O'Hanlon), the son of another famous reindeer (whose name is never uttered) who wants to be on Santa's sleigh team. Trouble is, he's lazy. In the end he gets up off his butt, defeats the evil Blitzen ("Around the World in 80 Days" star Steve Coogan) and finds love. The writing, performances, animation and everything are superb. You will find yourself laughing out loud at these reindeer and the silly things they do. But make sure you see the UK edition, because on CBS here in the States they've rerecorded the dialogue with Ben Stiller, Britney Spears, Hugh Grant and Brad Garrett and removed charming Britishisms like, "You're chucked" rather than "I'm breaking up with you."

There is an important point here. Americans are obtuse about other cultures. We are so convinced that ours is the best nation out there despite never EVER having set foot off her shores. Anything foreign, we remake and redo and Americanize. This is the logic behind American versions of British comedies, Kevin Costner as Robin Hood and the decision that American primetime TV audiences wouldn't like an Irish reindeer so let's make him Derrick Zoolander instead.

See the British version, I beg you. And its sequel, "Legend of the Lost Tribe."

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