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The Flight Before Christmas (2008)

Carly Baker , Patrick Fitzsymons  |  G |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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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 (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B3LIRE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,044 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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good European animation -- for older kids and grown-ups December 14, 2008
By Rowana
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, different type of holiday movie December 20, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD December 13, 2008
By cbh
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Parents beware - not good for young children December 19, 2008
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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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flight Before Christmas: More Enjoyable Than Rudolph December 12, 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Christmas special
Anyone who reads this will probably think I'm crazy. We saw this special on TV last Christmas. It was a cute, kid friendly special. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katydid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great we love these movie
Published 1 month ago by brighteyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my granddaughter loves this
Published 2 months ago by pattie Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars BOUGHT FOR THE KIDS
Published 5 months ago by wetdreams47
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute animation but best for little ones
We have a lot of the old standard Christmas cartoons. Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph, Frosty, Jack Frost etc. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids thought it was a hit!
Such a great movie! Every year we buy each of our kids a new Christmas movie to watch on Christmas Eve. This one was a hit and they are even watching it past Christmas!!
Published 8 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flight Before Christmas - DVD
I've chosen a 5 star rating because I think it is a great movie. My grandsons enjoyed the sequel "Big Brother, Big Trouble" on Netflix so we wanted to see the first one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Niagara,NY
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flight before Christmas
My grandchildren and I loved this movie. It was fun and perfect to enjoy post Christmas. we have watched it several times and still enjoy it.
Published 9 months ago by Debbie Lamont
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Niko
I recommend this movie. Great for kids. Good new adventure.
Good family movie to watch together. Loved the animation and story.
Published 10 months ago by Alice Finnerty
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
I saw it on tv as a Xmas special and really liked it so ordered one from Amazon. If I had waited I could have gotten at BJs for less ($3. Read more
Published 10 months ago by na6283
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