The Flight Before Christmas

A young reindeer named Niko dreams that his father is one of the flying reindeer of Santa Claus. Despite suffering from severe vertigo, he runs away from his home to take flying lessons from his friend, a clumsy squirrel Julius. Soon after, Niko and Julius learn that Santa and his reindeer are in serious danger. They gather their forest friends and go camping at the North pole to save Santa Claus and his father.

Director:
  • Michael Hegner
  • Kari Juusonen

Stars:
Release Date: 2008-12-17
IMDb icon 6.1/10
  • Country: DK, FI, DE, IE
  • Language: English | Finnish
  • Budget: EUR6,100,000
  • Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $21,897,141
reviews
Lind Feune
10 March 2012 | 12:15

I would like to note how great was the actors chosen for the Russian voice of the cartoon: Sergey Selin, Zhanna Friske, Nikita Dzhigurda. Previously, these actors cartoons are not talked it is worth noting that the debut of the very good!

Many called in a cartoon smile: an electronic method of communication with Santa (a kind of analogue telephone answering machines, where "your call is very important for us... we will reply you 2 hours 37 minutes"), song deer, flying squirrel.

The cartoon is aimed not only (and not even so much!) on children as on adults. Many of the ideas in the cartoon closer adults: the search for food, escape from the wolves, the bypass difficulties... For children whose parents are in the holidays dragged in the movie, the movie would be boring because at times it's a lengthy huge hikes in the plain, escape from the wolves, many things as I think frighten young viewers.

But in General — I liked it. Simple, relaxed, you can spend 1.5 hours in... hall restless children and to be happy as the child, empathize with cartoon characters, to worry about them.

Theressa Jonis
09 February 2010 | 08:30

Something I wanted to watch cartoon. And that's why this cartoon was "Niko: the way to stars". The cartoon is not us that gave it a certain charm and saved, perhaps, from some clichés even.

The first thing that catches eyes — it's pretty "live" animation. "Alive" in the sense that in reality the characters begin to believe. The picture is impressive quite bright as possible to the winter landscape colors. And paint those create a very Christmas mood.

Cute characters of this cartoon, as is no sound strange, pretty social. Little baby-fawn — a dreamer. Who believes that all the world don't understand it. And that no wonder he really is the black sheep, a stranger among his own. His mom — typical single mother, abandoned stray hero, and in the cartoon in literally. Best friend — flying squirrel — lost its own family, for which Nico, the same lonely overall, it turns out the only one close to...uh...creature. The wolves are here — this pack of bandits-villains, the personification of all street punks, I guess. Dog — a sort of representative of the other world, where there is all this dirt and experiences, the representative of the intelligentsia. The good wolf — as a good guy among scoundrels, forced to live on their rules. Brave flying reindeer — the universal symbol, the star, but that does the their image of reality?..

The adventures of Niko not much different from the adventures of many heroes in a huge number of similar cartoons. But it all same is to say a "but"! The main goal of the deer all is not so much desire to learn to fly, how to find his father, in which he believes. He need someone to understand it truly, and from his mother, he support finds. Because is looking for. And because it is more disappointed due to the fact that way to fly on the eyes of potential fathers is not work. He is afraid to disappoint my father, even though don't know who they is. Flying here — only a means. Fawn wants parental love, wants to live in full family... It's — it.

Overall, the movie is very enjoyable and watchable, kind and even beautiful. Of course, there there are some absurdities like climbing on trees deer, but so, little things... the Ending is of course happy, but is it supposed to be different?.. In the cartoon, no pathos, which is often steeped in American cartoons, no superficial morals, no ironed like irons, images. All somehow more authentic, if you ignore the that heroes — animals. So what if I want to watch something light and good — "Niko: the way to stars" — thing. 

7 of 10

Gizela Lynn
06 June 2012 | 09:39

The deer Niko wants to learn to fly to become one of the legendary reindeer in sleigh Santa Claus and to repeat the path of his father, whom he never seen. But it is not limited to empty dreams. Kid goes hard to your goal and also, overcoming difficulties and fears, looking for dad. In this case it help loyal friends.

First encounter with the Finnish animation. The creators of the film have been severely limited in creating the image of the protagonist. Already there are many widely known characters and the first coming in mind, "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer" "Robby — a reindeer". To fortunately, the Finns managed to create your original, even a little awkward, but a cute way. The content cartoon interesting and contains the proper motivation for the younger the young audience. In there too much aggression and even a pack of wolves is a good man. To in the pack got a female white poodle, which gently makes the wolves better.

In General, this cartoon can be without fear to show their children. It completely devoid of vulgarity. The only thing that not me gave it the level of detail of the characters that is very important for animation, because

6 out of 10

faq
How much has The Flight Before Christmas made?
Commercial tv-show fees worldwide today are Cumulative Worldwide $21,897,141.
How much did it cost to make The Flight Before Christmas?
According to various sources, the cost of producing the tv-show was at least EUR6,100,000.
Who is the director of the movie The Flight Before Christmas?
This tv-show was directed by Michael Hegner, Kari Juusonen.
What is the genre of The Flight Before Christmas?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Adventure, Animation, Family.
Who starred in The Flight Before Christmas?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Olli Jantunen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Vuokko Hovatta, Vesa Vierikko, Jussi Lampi.
What is The Flight Before Christmas IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 6.1.
When was The Flight Before Christmas released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 2008-12-17.