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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!


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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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Did You Know?

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 German. 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 The Filmharmonic Orchestra Prague and Choir Prague & Totti Hakkarainen
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User Reviews

 
Great Movie
25 July 2010 | by Ramikug5See all my reviews

This is excellent movie. This film tells us about dream. Especially, how great it is to have a dream that you want so badly. And, I think it's great to have a super father that can make you dream higher to be in the future. This film also speaks not to give up your dream even though there are many obstacles. And it also speaks that you don't live by yourself in this world. I do catch the Christmas spirit (though I never celebrate it anyway). It's that Christmas will be so much wonderful day ever when we spend it with people who love us and we love them back as well. In the end, this movie "Niko & The Way to The Stars" is really great after all. Worthwatching!


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