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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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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

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


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Trivia

In the original Finnish storyline Niko goes to korvatunturi, a fell where Santa lives according to Finnish folklore, but in the English version he goes to north pole. See more »

Goofs

When Wilma and Julius use an old log to block the river flow, Julius jumps on it in search of Niko, but suddenly an ice block hits the log, causing him to lose his balance. As soon as the shot changes, Julius's left hand penetrates into the trunk. 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 »


Soundtracks

Happy Christmas!
Written By Stephen McKeon
Finnish lyrics by Annamari Metsävainio
Performed by Vuokko Hovatta
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User Reviews

 
Awesome movie
30 April 2009 | by gatto-smSee all my reviews

There is a very important moral and the two main characters learn a lesson fro each other: Niko learns that there's no need to look for your real dad if you are surrender people who love you. Julius learns not to be too cautionary toward Niko. And it's the Christmas spirit (and a hilarious weasel called Wilma) which will teach them to appreciate each other. The animation is not the best, I mean, it's very good for five minutes, then it gets bad, then good for other five minutes and then bad again, because the animation has been created by more than 3 different studios set all over the Europe, and the directors weren't able to keep animation homogeneous all movie long. You can easily find out each animator's style and this is horrible because all the characters take turn to be badly animated, and this is sad. But graphics, score and story are gorgeous. I would have rated 9 if animation was better. Dave


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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:

EUR6,100,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,897,141
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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