However, the animation is great and actually more even in quality than the previous film with the characters looking better and more consistent quality-wise. There is nothing here that will blow the mind, but it is an easily likable watch and passes the time effectively. The former will lap up the amusing and innocent humour, the cute characters, the easy to relate to themes the film teaches, the exciting adventurous elements and the quirkiness. Meanwhile adults will like its cuteness, charm, the family and friendship values not new but universal, relevant and important and how sincerely and not patronisingly they're delivered and the universal message, as well as seeing how children are enjoying it. But in order to save Christmas, it's going to take a lot of help from Niko's friends in order to save the day. Rather surprisingly for an animation it does cover the issue of parent separation which I found a bit strange in a children's film, however I don't necessarily think this is a bad idea.
Central to the story is a family of reindeer who must resolve the hurts and stresses of parents who live apart and then begin to integrate new members into their family unit. There are dark tense scenes that are likely to scare the very young, but there is nothing traumatising, most viewers will take these scenes well though me thinks. Why is it important for the sequel's filmmaker to tell us about what has happened before? On Christmas Eve, Niko the young reindeer must find his little brother who has gone missing. Still, for parents with children, especially those from a broken home, this is not a despicable movie. What did Niko learn about belonging? Another improvement, while still not spectacular, is the voice acting which is hardly amateurish. How have you and your family dealt with a major change? I especially liked the weasel's song and dance routine.
It's very lavishly coloured and most of the characters are drawn well particularly the reindeer. Synopsis On Christmas Eve, Niko the young reindeer must find his little brother who has gone missing. Music once more has liveliness, atmosphere and nuance, and the film again is successful in appealing to all ages, children and adults alike. Where it scores most highly is in the meticulously imaginative and colourful backgrounds and the attention to detail for the little things as well as the big effects. Would it have helped you to know who Black Wolf was and why his sister hated Niko? But in order to save Christmas, it's going to take a lot of help from Niko's friends in order to save the day. Overall, fun and charming sequel, that goes with the first well even though not quite as good, if lacking originality and magic.
It's best suited for kids who are clear about the differences between real and pretend violence. In fact, his anger and irresponsible behavior results in little Johnny's being carried off in the talons of an eagle. Now, Niko and the rest of the team must come up with a plan to save Jonni, defeat White Wolf and return home. Niko's mom has found a new partner and along with him, Johnny, a new little brother. Niko 2 sold to Metrodome in the U. The little reindeer is in great danger. But Niko isn't at all happy.
It's a fairly standard tale but is illuminated by some good characters and some gorgeous animation. Ultimately, there are no serious injuries or deaths; the villain's comeuppance is comic. It entered into limited European distribution in November and December 2013 in Germany, Denmark, Poland, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, Estonia, and in Asia in Korea, Israel in March 2013. Characters, with charming heroes, funny sidekicks, threatening but never too scary villains and a lovingly neutered family, are easy to warm to although Niko learnt from his mistakes better before. The film includes important messages about telling the truth, taking responsibility for one's actions, and the value of community. Niko, ashamed and frightened, sets out with some furry friends to find Johnny.
However, when Jonni gets kidnapped by eagles, Niko flies off to rescue him. But in order to save Christmas, it's going to take a lot of help from Niko's friends in order to save the day. It was released in in October 12, 2012. Still, I would advise viewers to watch the first instalment first, before engaging with this one, since it explains much of the needed backstory, including the mesmerising weasel performance. There are some genuinely funny moments to go with the usual animated adventure. Like 'The Flight Before Christmas', 'The Magic Reindeer' is not perfect, not many films are in retrospect, but to me as a family film it ticks most of the right boxes with room for improvement. Parts that are more mature in nature may go over children's heads but they have enough to enjoy anyway elsewhere so it shouldn't be a problem.
It was released in the U. Name some other events that might impact a family i. Charming heroes, funny sidekicks, and a loving family navigating difficult transitions are all part of this warmhearted story for kids who can distinguishing cartoon violence from real jeopardy. Synopsis On Christmas Eve, Niko the young reindeer must find his little brother who has gone missing. The film has already been released in the U.
But in order to save Christmas, it's going to take a lot of help from Niko's friends in order to save the day. When Santa's Flying Forces get involved and are captured, Niko finds that it's up to him to rescue everyone, redeem his bad behavior, and save the day. I really enjoyed this film and more importantly so did my children who are after all the target audience. Their quest sends them into the lair of an evil wolf, desperate to avenge her brother's death at the hands of Niko in an earlier movie adventure. A vicious, sharp-toothed wolf is bent on revenge; she threatens, chases, and tries to kill the film's heroes. Things are kept simple but with respect.