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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

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


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

In the film Wilma is said to be a lumikko (=least weasel), but she actually is a kärppä (=stoat). You can tell the difference because kärppä has a black tail end and lumikko has all white tail. 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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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 »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #40.15 (2008) 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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American family entertainment
22 November 2008 | by Skaven252See 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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