A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Promotes honesty, responsibility, and loyalty. Encourages and shows how healthy relationships can be created in a newly formed family (stepparents, siblings, etc.), even though change is sometimes difficult. Basic premise is that everyone should have a "happy heart."
Positive Role Models
Parents are caring, responsible, and loving throughout. Though initially suspicious and jealous, Niko learns to be a good big brother. The savage villain is a wolf, reinforcing a fairy tale stereotype.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of cartoon jeopardy, action, and suspense. Birds of prey carry off innocent animals in multiple scenes. A vicious, sharp-toothed wolf is bent on revenge; she threatens, chases, and tries to kill the film's heroes. There are lengthy chases, falls, spooky hiding places, traps, and scary moments of heroes in captivity. Ultimately, there are no serious injuries or deaths; the villain's comeuppance is comic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance blooms between reindeer. Niko's mom surprises the young reindeer with a baby sister fathered by Lenny, her new love.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated Finnish film (re-voiced for English-speaking audiences) is a sequel to 2008's The Flight Before Christmas and includes a very scary wolf, small creatures in jeopardy, lots of spooky/suspenseful scenes, and frequent cartoon action (falls, captures, threats). It's best suited for kids who are clear about the differences between real and pretend violence. The film includes important messages about telling the truth, taking responsibility for one's actions, and the value of community. 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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. Divorce, remarriage, and blending new families move the story forward; these concepts are presented in a simple, clear-eyed manner, with empathy for all involved. Still, the scary wolf, the often funny but dangerous army of eagles, and the heroes' numerous near-disastrous adventures may be frightening to younger kids.
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