The Flight Before Christmas

Synopsis: A reindeer boy named Niko dreams about flying like his father, whom he has never met. Despite constant mocking from others, he sneaks out of his home valley to take flying lessons from Julius, a flying squirrel.
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
80 min

# We're reindeer,

we're not horses #

# We're Santa's Flying Forces!

Ho ho! #

Hut! Hut! Hut! Hut!


Guys! Guys!

We lost Santa!

That's better.

Julius, look!

It's Santa's Flying Forces!

Not again!


Oh, Niko! Be careful!

Whoa, whoa!

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

Whoa, whoa!

Niko, look out!

Darn kid!

I think I know which one

my dad is.

Don't tell me...

the one who flies the fastest,

jumps the highest,

and has the most courage?

Did you see him too?

I'd do anything to be up there

flying with my dad.

I know, I know.

But these things don't happen overnight.

They take practice.

But I'm always practicing!

Sure, but you gotta

really believe in yourself.


I believe you can fly.

Now show me that you believe it.

- (Niko sighs)

- That's my boy!

Don't think, believe!

Believe! Believe!

(short cry; thud)

I don't believe it.

I almost flew this time,

didn't I, Julius?

You sure did, Niko.


You sure did.

- (kid laughing)

- Hey, Niko...

...was your daddy a chicken?

'Cause you fly like a chicken!

My dad's on the Flying Forces!

Yeah, and my dad's Santa Claus.

Just you wait, or I'll...!

(kids laughing)

Remember how we deal

with bullies?

Chin up...


...and just ignore them.

My dad's a three-legged moose.

Yeah! And my daddy's

a four-headed... ugh!


Now, that's ignoring.

(Niko chuckles)

(Niko mimics whooshing air)

I don't get it, Julius.

If Dad's really

on the Flying Forces,

why can't I fly like him?

No one knows exactly why

Santa's Flying Forces

have the gift of flight.

(Niko sighs)

Maybe those boys are right.

Maybe my dad isn't

one of the Flying Forces.

(Julius scoffs)

You're ten times as brave as those boys.

Just... pretend they're not there.

- You're right, Julius.

- Thank you.

I'll go practice flying at Antler's Hill,

where they can't see me.

Hey! That's not what I said!

Come back here.

If anyone heard you talking about

going to Antler's Hill for flying practice!

Are you going to Antler's Hill

for flying practice?

No! Definitely not!

No way!

- Can I come along?

- Would you?

No one is going anywhere

for flying practice, least of all to...

(whispering) Antler's Hill!

- Antler's Hill?!

- (both gasp)

How many times

have you been told, Niko?

Sneaking out of Home Valley

is strictly forbidden!

Yes, sir.

Niko wasn't sneaking anywhere.

I asked him to come and help me...


...pick up my Aunt Sally.

She hasn't been well.

Aunt Sally!


Everybody, this is my Aunt Sally.

(kids laughing)

I'd better be going now.

- I'll take you!

- Such a good boy!

Let me get that for you.

(onlookers laugh)

All right, all right.

But it won't be so funny

if the wolves see you.

We're only safe here in the valley

as long as the wolves don't know it exists.

That's why no one leaves Home Valley.

- Yes, sir.

- Yes, Dad.

(Leader grunts)

You heard our leader.

I don't want to hear any more talk

of going to Antler's Hill.

Is that clear?

Okay, Julius.

Finally, I'm getting through to you.

(both whispering)

See you tomorrow at Antler's Hill!

Now, let's see. I'm sure I was

supposed to take a right back there,

and then a left,

and then another left,

and then a right.

That means I should be back

at the tourist bus right about...


(wind howling)

(Niko grunting)

Niko, stay still!

Mom, why does nobody believe

that Dad is one of the Flying Forces?

Well, no one ever met him,

apart from me.

Tell me about Dad again.




Your dad was the handsomest

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