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Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure (2012)

Niko 2 - lentäjäveljekset (original title)
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Set right before Christmas, Niko the reindeer must deal with his mom getting re-married and his being tasked with looking after his little stepbrother.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Carlson ...
Niko (voice)
Mikko Kivinen ...
Julius (voice)
Vuokko Hovatta ...
Wilma (voice)
Aarre Karén ...
Topias (voice)
Elina Knihtilä ...
Oona (voice)
Riku Nieminen ...
Lenni (voice)
Juhana Vaittinen ...
Jonni (voice)
Juha Veijonen ...
Raavas (voice)
Katariina Kaitue ...
Valkoinen susi (voice)
Pertti Koivula ...
Pomo (voice)
Kari Ketonen ...
Spede (voice)
Jukka Rasila ...
Eetu (voice)
Petri Manninen ...
Tane (voice)
Peik Stenberg ...
Hirvas (voice)
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Armas / Tervas (voice)
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Storyline

On Christmas Eve, Niko the young reindeer must find his little brother who has gone missing. But in order to save Christmas, it's going to take a lot of help from Niko's friends in order to save the day. While on his epic journey to save his brother, Niko learns the importance of friendship and family, in this heartwarming Holiday tale that all ages will enjoy. Written by Lionsgate Marketing

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12 October 2012 (Finland)  »

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€7,350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Third Finnish 3D film; all of them have been animated films. See more »

Quotes

Topias: It's probably best if the reindeer who knows where he's going leads the way.
[Walks into a tree]
Topias: Step aside, sir. Can't you see we're in a hurry?
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Follows The Flight Before Christmas (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Me What You Already Did
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Written by Adam Schlesinger
Performed by Fountains of Wayne
Produced by Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood
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Typical sequel
19 November 2012 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews

I quite liked the first Niko movie. It had decent animation, great characters, original idea and a storyline that managed to keep me invested and then some. I've seen it once or twice since and solidified my opinion: it's more than decent Christmas movie, not a classic, but still enjoyable and kid-friendly. I'd happily recommend it to all families.

And then there's the sequel, which follows the traditional way of offering more of the same, sans the novelty. In this case Niko is once again being forced to play the rule of a headstrong child with short temper and no patience whatsoever. It's a common cliché that the main character in a sequel seems to have learned nothing from his previous adventure, and this is true here as well, which is immensely aggravating. And when the storyline pretty much mirrors the previous film, this film can pretty much kiss goodbye to being as good as the original.

Luckily the film makers got a few things right. I complain about Niko having learnt nothing, but there's the mitigating factor that he's still a kid, so he still has lots of learning to do. He should have learnt at least something, though. The rest of the cast though remains pretty much the same. They're not amazing, but they're solid. The same with animation. Nothing groundbreaking, but it looks good, though a bit uneven, as numerous studios were involved in the process, so the quality wavers a bit from time to time.

The biggest problem is the story. It's just not as good as the first one, mostly because they tried to recycle the same plot, but with different enemies, which rarely works. There's a subplot concerning Niko's new stepbrother, but it's also very tired and clichéd. Not horrible, per se, but not very good either. You can pretty much guess how it'll go from the first minute of it.

So that's this film. It's nothing spectacular, if anything it's a bit below average, but it's harmless fun and it's not going to hurt or upset your kids. It's over an hour's worth of semi-decent family entertainment. If you can, watch the first one, as it is much better, but this will do in a pinch.


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