Rendering and Lighting took place in Finland, and much of the post-production was carried out in Ireland. The film was a Finnish production with co-producers in Denmark, Germany and Ireland. Black Wolf latches onto the sleigh, but Julius dislodges the part he is holding on to. Niko, backed up by the Flying Forces, send the wolves fleeing when they realize Black Wolf's death. Niko and Julius then take the herd to a new valley. Upon realizing the potential danger of this, Julius yells at Niko while he is in midflight, so he falls again but is saved by Dasher. The animation was produced in Germany, Denmark and Finland, with post-production carried out in Ireland.
His attempts to run the wind end with calamity, as he leads a pack of wolves onto the trail of his herd, thus forcing them to evacuate their haven - a valley hidden between the mountains and trees. However, after Julius leaves to update Niko's mother and the herd on his well-being, Niko chooses to stay with his mother and Julius, but intends to visit Prancer. To avoid further teasing, Niko and his friend Saga leave their protected valley so Niko can practice without any disruptions. She then continues to follow them, since she knows the way to Santa's home due to having previously worked there as a singer. Niko and Julius discover Wilma, a weasel, stuck in a small tree branch and rescue her. She reluctantly joins Niko and Julius, believing she is indebted to them.
As they celebrate at their bar before heading out on Christmas Eve, Wilma sings them a song that asks them the identity of Niko's father. However, they are spotted by and flee back to the herd in panic, but wind up luring the wolf pack to the valley. Poropoika 2 voice Quotes : You didn't want me to come here. Afterwards, Niko meets Santa, who invites him to join the Flying Forces. The sequel follows Niko, who must deal with his mother getting remarried and gaining a stepbrother named Jonni. Along the way he will learn the hard truths of life. When Niko is discovered missing, Julius chooses to look for Niko, since he can search without leaving a trail as fresh snow is falling.
Thinking they are dead, the wolves head for Santa's home. As the herd flees, Saga's father battles and defeats a wolf, but is wounded in the process. Black Wolf chooses to pursue Niko and corners him up a tall tree. Niko's real father is said to be a member of the famed fleet of flying reindeer in Santa's sleigh, thus infusing the young calf with a dream to sail through the skies. Niko overhears Black Wolf resolving to kill Santa as well and take his place so he could also eat children. It revolves around a young named Niko who must overcome his by heading to ' to save him and his fleet of flying reindeer from a pack of.
Prancer, congratulating Niko on his bravery, reveals that he is his father. Somehow American viewers tend to turn a blind eye at on-screen violence in children's movies, but a slight dosage of reality with blood-hungry wolves and the dissonance between truth and childhood imaginations, suddenly bring about a blow-back. When Niko is discovered, he flees and finds Julius, but the two are cornered between rock cliffs. But also standing in Niko's way is White Wolf, Black Wolf's sister, who leads the eagles and wants revenge on Niko for her brother's death. While trying to fly with the encouragement of Julius, a , the other young reindeer teased Niko. Wilma saves them by triggering an avalanche with her singing, then guides Niko and Julius to safety.
Meanwhile, as the other reindeer are cornered on the runway by the other wolves, Julius convinces the reindeer that they can fly, allowing them to save Niko using the sleigh. . It was produced by Animaker Oy, A. Hence fraught with self-resentment Niko decides to leave heading North to join his father as part of Santa's sleigh crew. Niko tells them of Black Wolf's plan, but they doubt a wolf would discover Santa's secret valley. Meanwhile, Essie, a lost pet poodle, stumbles upon the wolf pack and is about to be eaten, but suggests to Black Wolf, the alpha wolf, the idea of killing Santa's reindeer. Once he finds him, Julius is unable to convince Niko to return to the herd, and reluctantly joins him in the search for Santa's secret location.
It was produced by , Animaker Oy, , Ulysses Films, and Magma Films. » Niko is a brash young reindeer living somewhere in the Finnish highlands of Lapland, brought up by his single mother and a flying squirrel called Julius. Eventually, Niko tries to cross a dangerous river by flying with Wilma's help, but fails and falls once he looks down. At the same time, Julius and Wilma save Niko from going over a high waterfall. Thoroughly engaging, especially for my 5-year old, who was jumping in anticipation, joy and filtering through all the more tense moments, while at times incapable to hold back the emotions. When Jonni is kidnapped by eagles, Niko flies off to rescue him.
Once they arrive at Santa's place, Niko is almost hit by the Flying Forces while standing on the runway. In order to save Julius from falling as well, Niko jumps off the sleigh, only to realize that he can finally fly. A sequel, Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure was released in October 2012 in Finland. He is joined by an old, near-blind reindeer named Tobias, the former leader of the Flying Forces. Julius and Niko later get separated in a sudden blizzard and Niko wakes up under a pile of snow, unnoticed by the nearby wolf pack. A 45-minute television edit in American English, was produced in the United States for under the title The Flight Before Christmas.
A sequel, was released in October 2012 in. Cast Cast overview, first billed only:. For years, Niko has dreamed of joining his father in the Flying Forces, but he himself is unable to fly and even has a fear of heights. The American version of the film re-casts as Julius and as Wilma. It revolves around a young reindeer who must overcome his fear of flying by heading to Santa Claus' fell to save him and his fleet of flying reindeer from a pack of wolves. Later, Niko overhears others talking of how his actions have damaged the herd, and decides to leave the herd in an attempt to find his father and Santa's Fell. Essie is considered Black Wolf's good luck charm for this idea and is spared, but is also forced to join the pack.