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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)
...
Essie (voice)
Juha Veijonen ...
Raavas (voice)
Puntti Valtonen ...
Hirvas (voice)
Elina Knihtilä ...
Oona (voice)
Juulia Rönkkö ...
Saaga (voice)
...
Susilauman johtaja (voice)
Aarre Karén ...
Isoisä (voice)
Arttu Hämäläinen ...
Poropoika 1 (voice)
Ilmari Huhtala ...
Poropoika 2 (voice)
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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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10 October 2008 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

The Flight Before Christmas  »

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€6,100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film was animated to fit the English language, using a temporary voice track recorded by Irish actors. It was then dubbed to other languages. 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

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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Vilman jouluyllätys
Written By Stephen McKeon
Lyrics by Moe Honan & Neil McLauchlan
Finnish lyrics by Annamari Metsävainio
Performed by Vuokko Hovatta
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American family entertainment
22 November 2008 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Niko and the Way to the Stars is an animated story of a young reindeer boy Niko, taking place somewhere in Lapland. Niko's father is gone, and his mother tells him dad is a member of Santa's Flying Reindeer Squad. Niko is supervised and taken care of by a flying squirrel named Julius who believes Niko will be able to fly someday, just like his father. The reindeer aren't allowed to go outside the valley because of the wolves who stalk there. After his disobedient visit outside the valley and a consequent incident with the wolves which forces the reindeer to move on, Niko decides to run away and look for his father further north where Santa resides. Adventure ensues.

From a Finn's standpoint this film felt a bit odd. It's written, produced and animated in Finland - yet the Finnish version of the film feels like an American animation film that has been translated and dubbed into Finnish. I wondered about this, but a friend explained to me the film is actually primarily intended for the international, mainly American market, and was written and lip-synced accordingly. Considering the country of origin, I was expecting a bit better Finnish translation though. The characters' lines were full of clumsy Anglicisms. Because of this, I have a feeling that native English viewers will enjoy this film more than Finnish viewers.

At a standard issue family entertainment level this film performs competently. There's family friendly humor and family values, there are no odd quirks, cussing or violence. It's exciting at times, but not too scary for young children. Perhaps with all this it is a bit bland, but still likable.

If you're looking for something to watch with your kids around Xmas, I can recommend this. However, if you're looking for something odd, quirky, eye-opening or original, look somewhere else.


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