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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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Budget:

€6,100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This is the most widely distributed Finnish film. Its rights have been sold to over a 100 countries. See more »

Goofs

When Wilma and Julius use an old log to block the river flow, Julius jumps on it in search of Niko, but suddenly an ice block hits the log, causing him to lose his balance. As soon as the shot changes, Julius's left hand penetrates into the trunk. 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

Tie tähtiin
Written by Stephen McKeon
Finnish lyrics by Annamari Metsävainio
Performed by Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir Prague & Totti Hakkarainen
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Good animation, terrible story
19 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this with my 3 year old grandson and 1-1/2 year old granddaughter. Lucky most of the appalling story plot went over his head and she lost interest and started playing. I considered turning it off but decided to let him finish watching it, so I wouldn't have to explain why I didn't think it was appropriate.

Aside from the fact that Niko's mother had a one-night stand with one of Santa's reindeer, Prancer is a dead-beat father who first didn't even want to admit that he was Niko's dad. Afterall, what would a womanizing, conceited, barhopping, flying reindeer want with a little kid around, right? And then they even showed all the reindeer burping after they had their drink, giving Niko some too and looking expectingly at him until he burps too. Nice manners to be teaching! That singing weasel was extremely annoying, I could have done without that. And that tune she was singing at the bar reminded me an awful lot of "Santa Baby".

And don't even get me started on the pink poodle lost in the woods and the moss eating (vegetarian?) wolf who wants to be taught how to be a dog.

I'm glad the 1-1/2 year old went off to play before the black wolf and his horde started getting really mean, she might have gotten scared. She started crying during the part of Disney's Snow White, when Snow White was lost in the woods in the dark and all those eyes were scaring her. I can just imagine what would have happened, had she seen those growling, snarling wolves.

The dubbing was terrible. Like one of the other commenters, I also had trouble understanding what they were singing in the beginning and caught on to it later on: flying forces, not flying horses. And why did some of the characters call the kid Nieco and others pronounced it like Nicko? No consistency whatsoever.

Terrible terrible movie. No humor whatsoever and a plot more akin to a reality show. What a waste of time, money & talent.


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