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The Flight Before Christmas (2008)
"Niko - Lentäjän poika" (original title)

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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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Susilauman johtaja (voice)
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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€6,100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This film was the first voice acting role for Finnish actor Hannu-Pekka Björkman. See more »

Goofs

In the film Wilma is said to be a lumikko (=least weasel), but she actually is a kärppä (=stoat). You can tell the difference because kärppä has a black tail end and lumikko has all white tail. See more »

Quotes

Niko: You didn't want me to come here.
Julius: Of course i did.
Niko: You didn't want me to find dad.
Julius: Niko...
Niko: You didn't want me to fly.
Julius: Lower your voice!
Wilma: [worried] Guys...
Niko: [gets upset] You ruined everything!
Julius: I forbid you to...
Niko: [interrupting] You can't forbid me anything! You're not my dad!
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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

Tie tähtiin
Written by Stephen McKeon
Finnish lyrics by Annamari Metsävainio
Performed by Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir Prague & Totti Hakkarainen
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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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