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  • Actors: Carly Baker, Patrick Fitzsymons, Morgan Jones, Norm MacDonald, Andrew McMahon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B3LIRE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Flight Before Christmas" on IMDb

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A reindeer boy named Niko dreams about flying like his father, whom he has never met. Despite suffering from severe vertigo, he sneaks out of his home valley to take flying lessons from Julius, a rare member of a Finnish family of flying squirrels.

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Great animation and cute story.
tnitemare
I really think the people who are thrilled to let their kids watch this are just pressing play and leaving the room.
Susan S
We watched this movie as a family when it came on television two years ago and we loved it.
Sherri

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rowana on December 14, 2008
Format: DVD
When this popped up on CBS TV the other night, I started watching it, and the first thing I thought was "This is not an American-made film." For one thing, it's fairly densely plotted and has a much more complex and dark storyline than a U.S. cartoon would have. Sure enough, although CBS zipped through the ending credits almost too quickly to read them, I saw that it was made in Finland. That explains it! The night I watched, it followed on the heels of the awful 1996 "The Return of Frosty" cartoon, which made the Finnish production seem that much more intelligent.

As a grown-up viewer, I thoroughly enjoyed the story -- a young reindeer searching for his father, whom he believes to be one of Santa's heroic flying squadron. The youngster is helped along his way by a fatherly, protective flying squirrel and a female ermine/weasel (?) who warbles pop tunes like an American Idol contestant. There's also a pink French poodle who appears suddenly and disappears mysteriously once her plotline is over (what becomes of her??). Yes, there are implications of reindeer one-night stands (how very Scandinavian of them!), and Niko's real dad turns out to have, shall we say, commitment issues (many kids will relate, I'm afraid). And there are some scary wolf villains -- but really, no scarier than the hyenas in "The Lion King," which this production seems to channel (one could say "copy" if one were ungenerous) more often than not. The digital character animation looks a bit clunky, with giant grinning amorphous faces that too often really look computerized -- but the backgrounds and landscapes are quite lovely. There are shots of the Scandinavian forest with the aurora borealis overhead that are very memorable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria L. on December 20, 2012
Format: DVD
This beats the vast majority of those sickeningly-sweet holiday specials out there, but it's obviously not for everyone. I think that little kids would be entertained by the animation and the characters, but until they are old enough to understand they probably won't realize that the reindeer Niko was the result of a "one night stand". And, really, kids are so much more sophisticated these days so although I would expect that a middle-school age child would "get it", it probably doesn't affect them as much as most of the other shooting and killing and maiming that goes on in tv shows and movies anyway.

It's entertainment, nicely done and quite unique at that. Kids will watch it as such, and some adults can continue to pull it apart if they want to. But they shouldn't-- just watch and enjoy and don't feel the need to analyze or explain everything.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By cbh on December 13, 2008
Format: DVD
I'm 33 years old & saw this for the first time on tv . I couldn't move from my seat. a new Christmas classic . maybe it should've been PG but it wasn't even close to being as "bad" as some of the reviews made it out to be , saying that it was not for kids because it was to scary or violent . there are alot worse cartoons than this . for example Shreck , kids love that cartoon and the same parents that are trashing this cartoon , I bet , has bought Shreck & lets there kid watch it over & over and scary images ? what about all the walt disney cartoons ? what about Cruella Devil wanting to kill puppies ? or hunters shooting Bambi's dad ? don't listen to these uptight people , it is worth the money & your children will love it . I thought it was a very cute cartoon & I'm plan'n on buy'n it for my daughter .
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rani Clark on December 12, 2008
Format: DVD
I liked this film, I thought it was better than Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. It had a great moral at the end: no matter if the person in your life is your real parent, it just matters that they care. Niko was a cute little reindeer, I loved the animation and I thought it was far better than a movie about a red nosed reindeer whom no one liked until he became useful to them. I watched it on television though, so some of it was cut out because it was edited for the time alloted but I want to see it on DVD, I really enjoyed it. I don't agree with the G rating though, I thought it was more of a PG movie. They disguised the more mature themes through colorful dialogue and I think that's why they got away with a G rating. But all in all it was worth watching and I wouldn't mind seeing it again and again. Niko is the cutest reindeer in a movie, he blows Rudolph out of the water:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Chalmers on October 5, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Fantastic thanku very much. I love the movie, and my kids do to. Keep up the great work. thanks :)
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37 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2008
Format: DVD
I just watched this with my 3 and 7 year old boys. Entertaining - yes. Beautiful scenery and animation - yes. But I can't believe this is rated G and described as a "a festive addition to the holiday library that the entire family can enjoy." Folks, this movie is centered on a young reindeer whos hotshot flyboy father knocked up his mother during a one night stand, then left never to be seen again. It is a dark story about wolves (quite scary for a three year old by the way) who conspire to eat Santa and all the reindeer so the head wolf can travel to all the homes of the "delicious boys and girls" on Christmas night. The positive message of a reindeer who learns to fly because he believes in himself is far outshadowed by the dark, almost disturbing storyline and the awful family values it portrays. I know that is the sad reality of many families these days, but does that make it OK for a children's movie? To be frank, I can't believe some reviewers here see no problem with the movie and let their 3 year old watch it daily. Maybe for older kids... but this is NOT a children's movie.
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