5.8/10
704
7 user 14 critic

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

Niko 2 - lentäjäveljekset (original title)
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.

Directors:

, (co-director)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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.

Directors: Michael Hegner, Kari Juusonen
Stars: Olli Jantunen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Vuokko Hovatta
Zambezia (2012)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, "Zambezia" is the story of Kai - a naïve, but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of "Zambezia" ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Thornley
Stars: Leonard Nimoy, Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A sea turtle, who was hatched in 1959, spends the next fifty years travelling the world, while it is being changed by "global warming".

Directors: Ben Stassen, Mimi Maynard
Stars: Anthony Anderson, Ed Begley Jr., Pat Carroll
Khumba (2013)
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Rejected by his superstitious herd, a half-striped zebra embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes but finds the courage and self-acceptance to save all the animals of the Great Karoo.

Director: Anthony Silverston
Stars: Jake T. Austin, Adrian Rhodes, Sam Riegel
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of animals look for a way off of an eccentric billionaire's own personal Noah's Ark.

Directors: Raul Garcia, Manuel Sicilia
Stars: David Robles, Cecilia Santiago, Conchi López
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Two young wolves at opposite ends of their pack's social order are thrown together into a foreign land and need each other to return home, but love complicates everything.

Directors: Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck
Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Justin Long
Cro Minion (Video 2015)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The minions are in trouble to find everybody gone for a day

Directors: Didier Ah-Koon, Régis Schuller
Stars: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Tara Strong
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Sammy and Ray, leatherback turtles and friends forever, are enjoying an atoll's water and sand, shepherding new hatchlings Ricky and Ella out to sea. Suddenly, a poacher swoops in and ships... See full summary »

Directors: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Alan Shearman, Thomas Lee, Cinda Adams
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The touching story of how Santa Claus came to be Santa.

Director: Juha Wuolijoki
Stars: Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Otto Gustavsson, Jonas Rinne
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Directors: Ute von Münchow-Pohl, Sandor Jesse
Stars: Katharina Thalbach, Constantin von Jascheroff, Anna Thalbach
Edit

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)
...
Armas / Tervas (voice)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Small things come in big packages


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

| | |

Language:

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Little Brother, Big Trouble  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

€7,350,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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?
See more »

Connections

Follows The Flight Before Christmas (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

All About Us
Written by The Veronicas & Josh Alexander
Performed by t.A.T.u.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Typical sequel
19 November 2012 | by 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.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Katee Sackhoff talks about her characters on "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Wars: Rebels," and "The Flash." Plus, "The IMDb Show" learns what it takes to wield a lightsaber.

Watch the show