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The Flight Before Christmas (2008)

Niko - lentäjän poika (original title)
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 Olli Jantunen ... Niko (voice)
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Julius (voice)
Vuokko Hovatta Vuokko Hovatta ... Wilma (voice)
Vesa Vierikko Vesa Vierikko ... Musta Susi (voice)
Jussi Lampi Jussi Lampi ... Räyskä (voice)
Risto Kaskilahti Risto Kaskilahti ... Rimppa / Uljas (voice)
Minttu Mustakallio Minttu Mustakallio ... Essie (voice)
Juha Veijonen Juha Veijonen ... Raavas (voice)
Puntti Valtonen Puntti Valtonen ... Hirvas (voice)
Elina Knihtilä Elina Knihtilä ... Oona (voice)
Juulia Rönkkö Juulia Rönkkö ... Saaga (voice)
Tommi Korpela ... Porolauman johtaja (voice)
Aarre Karén Aarre Karén ... Isoisä (voice)
Arttu Hämäläinen Arttu Hämäläinen ... Poropoika 1 (voice)
Ilmari Huhtala 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An all-new holiday movie about Santa and his little helpers!


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Finland | Denmark | Germany | Ireland

Language:

English | Finnish

Release Date:

10 October 2008 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flight Before Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Finland

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Box Office

Budget:

€6,100,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the most expensive Finnish animated film. See more »

Goofs

When Wilma is singing into the Reindeer Bar, we can see Dasher's horns passing through the baguettes hanging on the ceiling. The mistake is visible in six shots while the song is playing. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Alternate version spoken in Danish. See more »


Soundtracks

Kaipaan sua
Written by Kieran McEvoy
Finnish lyrics by Annamari Metsävainio
Performed by Vuokko Hovatta
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not bad it's cute
5 August 2012 | by nikozguriSee all my reviews

well, i'm not really into Finnish animated movies, but i make an exception for this one. Not because the main character got my name (lol), but cause it's cute, funny and touching. Ya OK, the animation's good but the story somehow seems weak and lacking. However, it did a pretty good job to entertain me cause i really liked it. In this movie, Niko's always practicing to fly like his dad, but the problem is he never met his dad. So, along with Julius, a lazy flying squirrel, he sets out for Santa's Fell to find him. Like i said, the movie's not bad, it's really funny parts in it, especially when Niko drinks a beer and burps. But it also leaves a really good message about how to not give up on your dream, even if u get into trouble. So, i'm gonna give this movie a 8.5 out of 10, cause i think it was really well done even if the story wasn't really strong.


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