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Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire (1999)

Robbie Williams , Ardal O'Hanlon , Richard Goleszowski  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robbie Williams, Ardal O'Hanlon, Paul Whitehouse, Jane Horrocks, Steve Coogan
  • Directors: Richard Goleszowski
  • Writers: Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Richard Curtis
  • Producers: Alex Hardcastle, Jacqueline White
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 29 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LC1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes making-of featurette
  • Complete animated storyboards
  • Cast and character bios
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

A young reindeer who wants nothing more than be one of Santachr(39)s sleigh-pullers must first convince head reindeer Blitzen.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Photo gallery

Robbie the Reindeer is as short as many of the made-for-TV classics that have preceded it, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but so much action, zippy dialogue, and witty visual puns have been packed into its 29-minute running time that you'd swear it was longer. For this reason, it also stands up to repeat viewing better than some of the more straightforward programs of recent years, although it is directed toward a slightly older audience--age 10 and up--due to some sexual innuendo. Whether Robbie will become a holiday perennial in the U.S. is yet to be seen, but he appears to have won the hearts of the U.K. and shares a lineage with another stop-motion favorite, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Robbie just happens to be Rudolph's son, and Pop is keen to see his lovable--but lazy--progeny follow in his famous hoof prints. Adults may get a kick out of the fact that the story line was actually inspired more by Rocky than by Rudolph. As in Rocky, there's a supportive female (Donner) and a crusty old trainer (Old Jingle). Together they help Robbie get in shape for the Reindeer Games, where he'll have the chance to show Santa whether he has the right stuff or not. Fans of Aardman Animations should appreciate the detailed animation and clever humor. The cream of Britain's comic crop provides the voices, including Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous) as Donner. Pop singer Robbie Williams narrates the story, and Mark Knopfler provides the music. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun holiday tale December 18, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of fire is a great special. It was produced in part for the British Comic relief charity to be shown as part of their telethon although in saying that I hope they make Robbie the Reindeer into a series. The story is full of puns and humor from Santa trying to update his image to biker elves and backstabbing Reindeer. Every scene is so full of detail you might miss some of the jokes in the background the first time round. That's why it's a good idea to rewind and watch it over and over again ;0).
Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of fire doesn't have any inappropriate material but some of the humor used can be pretty subtle at times and is aimed more at an older audience. In saying that young and old will still love and enjoy it. The story is a great new `classic' for the holidays.
The voice talents of some of the funniest British comedians are used and they provide a good variety of UK accents, which include Irish (Robbie), English Liverpool (Santa) and Welsh (Biker elf). The characters are memorable and lovable. At only 30 minutes in length I was left wanting more...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great great movie May 25, 2001
I saw this movie enroute to Toronto from London on British Airways. It's quite possibly one of the funniest, and most well done movies. It's a claymation story of Rudolph the Reindeer's son. It's got everything, girls, machismo, cheating, lying, and more girls... I've been looking for this movie on R1 DVD for a long time, and I'm relieved that I found it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars AMERICAN VOICES??? November 30, 2006
...for a british film??? I saw this movie a few years ago on TV, and then the following year eagerly anticipated watching it again...only to be terribly disappointed that the "powers that be" decided to completely ruin the humor by dubbing those English character voices with American voices...and not even good ones at that!!! Ben Stiller and Brittney Spears??? were they the only actors/media darlings who didn't think it was a bad idea?...the voiceovers leave the movie sadly lacking in character and humor. Shame on whoever thought that was a good idea (one of the networks), I guess they must think that the general public are not smart enough, or interested enough, to understand the British humor...there are a few inside jokes that mainly British viewers would appreciate, the voice of the Yeti sports commentator is done by a very well known British sports commentator for example.

I'll give it two stars...only because the animation is still there, and very good - but i'll give it a miss this Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fall down laughing December 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I grew up loving the traditional Christmas claymation. Robbie the Reindeer was what this grown up could only hope for. If you liked Wallace and Grommit or Chicken Run, you'll love Robbie. Like the other reviewers, I feel some of the humor will be above children's level, but they'll get the basic theme of, "if you have a dream, work hard and you'll succeed." I can't wait to own my own copy. Now my dog won't have to wait for the t.v. version with its many commercials to end before he gets his walk. Grommit would appreciate that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Humour - but very British May 24, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Just a quick note to say that this is one of my family's and my own favourite cartoons from the Aardman stable. The whole story is a joy from start to finish and as a teacher I am for ever quoting lines from it. Really , you either like this humour or you don't, just remember that it isn't a Bambi style movie. Whether it be the seal singing a song by seal, the work of Blitzen..'Think Eviler..' or Good ole Jingle..'I'll put the kettle on', it remains great fun from start to finish. personally I love the polar bear who has his fish taken, played with a great geordie accent..

Dave Kendall
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! I can delete my Tivo'd copy! September 4, 2001
We recorded Robbie on our Tivo last November and never stopped watching it. We have watched it as recently as July! My 3 year old son adores Robbie, and my husband and I can actually sit and watch it with him. We quote from this special ALL the time.
The voice characterization is excellent, and the theme song is really really catchy. I'm buying the DVD so I can delete our copy off the Tivo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb Entertainment September 24, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
In the true Nick Park/Aardman Animation Style, Robbie the Reindeer is brought to life with gusto! A must see for any claymation fan. I thoroughly enjoyed this video. It is funny, charming, witty and there's even a little romance! A great way to spend half an hour!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Little Christmas Special Ever January 7, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Aimed at a grown-up's sense of humor but still enjoyable for a kid, Robbie the Reindeer is hilarious. The claymation style of animation helps to bring a touch of surrealism into the humor. Having seen the original British version first, that is the one I love. The voice cast made it come to life. I saw the American version (no offense to Ben Stiller and the other actors but they just didn't fit) once and it seemed as though the actors were just reading a script over the film. There was no emotion, no inflection...well, alright, there was but it was so lame, I couldn't stand it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robbie the Reindeer
I was very pleased with the DVD as are my son's. It is interesting that it came with both the British audio version and the American Audio version. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Stewart
2.0 out of 5 stars Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire
I think I am little disappointed perhaps because I expected The Wrong Trousers or A Close Shave class of creation. Read more
Published on August 29, 2003 by P. Roy
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed? Yes, a little.
I bought this as a fan of "Wallace and Gromit" and a fan of animation. The animation is fine, but if you are expecting a story with the kind of humor and action you get... Read more
Published on December 11, 2002 by J. Fleming
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Was Expecting
You may want to rent this title before the purchase. It is not the traditional Christmas movie. There are mild sexual references and Santa is dressed "hip" and throws a... Read more
Published on November 26, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy and Muse See
We saw Robbie on television, and it is our favorite holiday video. It is very funny,and seems like much longer than a half-hour. Read more
Published on November 8, 2001 by Paul Okarma
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect short for all to watch
We taped this from Network TV and family and friends watched it over and over again. Even so, we are ordering a new copy.
Published on September 7, 2001 by Toby Adamson
5.0 out of 5 stars The new Christmas best.
This is one of the funniest, most charming, endearing half hours entertainment I've ever seen. I taped from cable last year and watched it repeatedly. Read more
Published on September 7, 2001
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