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Hooves of Fire (1999)

Robbie, an out-of-condition reindeer, tries to earn a place on Santa's crack sleigh team.


Richard Starzak (as Richard Goleszowski)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Williams ... Narrator (voice)
Ardal O'Hanlon ... Robbie the Reindeer (voice)
Paul Whitehouse ... Prancer (voice)
Jane Horrocks ... Donner (voice)
Steve Coogan ... Blitzen (voice)
Caroline Quentin ... Vixen (voice)
Jean Alexander ... Mrs. Santa (voice)
Ricky Tomlinson ... Santa Claus (voice)
Rhys Ifans ... Head Elf (voice)
Harry Enfield ... Old Jingle (voice)
Tony Anscombe Tony Anscombe ... Elf #3 (voice)
Alistair McGowan ... Des Yeti / Alan Snowman / Trash Bag (voice)
Ben Stiller ... Robbie the Reindeer (voice)
Britney Spears ... Donner (voice)
James Woods ... Narrator (voice)


Robbie the reindeer is determined to win a place pulling Santa's sled. Unfortunately, he's got two problems facing him. One, he's sadly out of shape; two, he doesn't realize his pal Blitzen is cheating! Confused by the temptations of sexy lady reindeer Vixen, and completely unaware of bubble-headed Donner's love for him, Robbie faces the race of his life. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Release Date:

25 December 1999 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, Rudolph's name is never mentioned specifically because of copyright reasons. Only because of this was its omission then worked into the plot as a running gag. See more »


Blitzen: Let's trample him into dust, then throw the remains of the dust to the wolves, then blow up the wolves.
Prancer: You don't like him very much, don't you?
Blitzen: Not particularly, no.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll in the American dubbed version, we see behind the scenes of the actors recording the voices for their characters. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2002, CBS aired this special and its sequel Legend of the Lost Tribe with an entirely new voice cast. Ben Stiller was Robbie, Britney Spears was Donner, Hugh Grant was Blitzen, Brad Garret was Prancer, Leah Remini was Vixen and Jerry Stiller was Old Jingle. See more »


Spoofs The A-Team (1983) See more »


Chariots of Fire
Music by Vangelis
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Those Crazy Brits...
16 December 2002 | by GlennBrody0312See all my reviews

The British have been best known for creating wacky claymation masterpieces, like "Wallace & Gromit" and most recently, "Chicken Run". Around this holiday season, you see A LOT of claymation Christmas stories, i.e. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. So, the creators of "Robbie" think up the idea...what if Rudolph had a son?

But that's not nesscessarly what they were thinking. By the looks of it, they were trying to do a remake of "Rudolph" with certain twist. Nevertheless, "Hooves of Fire", the first Robbie film, tells the story about Robbie the Reindeer, the son of Rudolph. Robbie wants to become a reindeer on Santa's sleigh, just like dear ol' dad. But, of course, there is a conflict. Rather than slicing Rudolph's notorious red-glowing nose, Robbie has a huge honker that he could bounce with. Robbie and his good friend, Donner, throughout most of the 20-minutes of the story, practice for the Reindeer Games, an Olympic-type event held in the North Pole. Robbie wants to impress this other female reindeer, Vixen, who's going with Blitzen, a clithe-jock that you see in practically every 80's teen flick. Robbie trains with an insane reindeer, Old Jingle and he eventually makes it to the games, but trouble (I'm not gonna say) occurs and stalls Robbie. But could he make it? Is that really important?

The voices of the characters are most likely celebrities in England, because I have never heard of them (besides Robbie Williams, who narrates the story.) Recently about a week ago, CBS showed the "Americanized" version of the special, that featured the voices of Ben Stiller as Robbie, Britney Spears as Donner and Jerry Stiller as Old Jingle. All and all, the Americanized version was pretty bizarre. Like I said, those crazy Brits! However, they also showed the follow up story to "Hooves of Fire", with a even weirder "Robbie the Reindeer and the Lost Vikings", whom Stiller and Spears both did, along with "Everybody Loves Raymond"'s Brad Garrett, James Woods and Jeff Goldblum.

Most of "Robbie" is not only bizarre, but also kind of adult subject matter. Donner, along we already know is a girl, has boobs! Reindeer boobs??? In a way, that's kind of Tongue-in-cheek, spite that Britney Spears plays her in the American version! There is also some violence and sexual innuendo. But it's still a fun movie to watch. I hope Amazon.com sells the American version (no offense to the British). Very funny.

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