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The Flight Before Christmas (2008)

Niko - Lentäjän poika (original title)
A young reindeer who suffers from vertigo learns to overcome his fear, takes flying lessons from a clumsy flying squirrel and heads to the North pole to save a troubled Santa and his fleet of flying reindeer.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olli Jantunen ...
Niko (voice)
Hannu-Pekka Björkman ...
Julius (voice)
Vuokko Hovatta ...
Wilma (voice)
Vesa Vierikko ...
Musta Susi (voice)
Jussi Lampi ...
Räyskä (voice)
Risto Kaskilahti ...
Rimppa / Uljas (voice)
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Essie (voice)
Juha Veijonen ...
Raavas (voice)
Puntti Valtonen ...
Hirvas (voice)
Elina Knihtilä ...
Oona (voice)
Juulia Rönkkö ...
Saaga (voice)
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Aarre Karén ...
Isoisä (voice)
Arttu Hämäläinen ...
Poropoika 1 (voice)
Ilmari Huhtala ...
Poropoika 2 (voice)
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Storyline

A reindeer boy named Niko dreams about flying like his father, whom he has never met. Despite constant mocking from others, he sneaks out of his home valley to take flying lessons from Julius, a flying squirrel. Written by jcsmarchesi

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An all-new holiday movie about Santa and his little helpers!


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Release Date:

10 October 2008 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

The Flight Before Christmas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€6,100,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the most expensive Finnish animated film. See more »

Goofs

When Wilma is singing into the Reindeer Bar, we can see Dasher's horns passing through the baguettes hanging on the ceiling. The mistake is visible in six shots while the song is playing. See more »

Quotes

Rimppa: I don't want to sound gushy or anything, but I want you to know...
Essie: Yes?
Rimppa: I would never eat you.
Essie: That's... sweet.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits: 21.858 liters of beer were consumed during the making of this movie! See more »


Soundtracks

Flying Forces Rock
Written by Stephen McKeon
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Really not good
8 December 2012 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Summary : A little reindeer on a search for his father. Helped by small rodents. Foiled by wolves who look to be copies of the hyenas in Lion King.

Family values: The little reindeer protagonist is basically told by his mom that he is the product of a one-night stand. And she tells him that his dad is off working and will not be coming back.

So, the gist of the story is that he is basically searching for his dead-beat dad who places work over family or personal responsibilities.

We could take the triteness of the first, but not the loose morals of the second.

In addition, the voice-over is pretty badly acted.

This is not a movie our family will watch again.


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