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Little Brother, Big Trouble A Christmas Adventure

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Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure (also known as Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble, or simply Niko 2), is a Finnish-Danish-Irish 3D computer animated comedy/adventure film, produced by Finnish Anima Vitae and Cinemaker OY with co-producers Ulysses (Germany), A. Film (Denmark), Tidal Films (Ireland). The animation was produced in Finland, Germany and Denmark, with post-production carried out in Ireland. It is the sequel to The Flight Before Christmas and is written Hannu Tuomainen, and Marteinn Thorisson and directed by and . It was released in Finland in October 12, 2012. Anima Vitae and Cinemaker OY were nominated for Cartoon Movie Tributes 2013 in the category “European Producer of the Year”. Like a predecesor, it is one of the most expensive Finnish films.

Plot

The sequel takes places a couple of months after the events of the first film, and follows the story of Niko, who must deal with his mother Oona getting remarried and thus, he gains a stepbrother named Jonni, whom Niko hates at first. However, when Jonni gets kidnapped by eagles, Niko flies off to rescue him. During his journey in saving his little stepbrother, Niko is joined by an old, near-blind reindeer named Tobias, who is revealed to be the former leader of Santa's Flying Forces. However, standing in Niko's way is also White Wolf, Black Wolf's younger sister, who is the leader of the eagles and wants revenge on Niko for her brother's death. Now, Niko and the rest of the team must come up with a plan to save Jonni, defeat White Wolf and return home. At the end of the film, Onna is revealed to have given birth to an unnamed female fawn and introduces Niko and Jonni to their new half-sister.

Cast

English Version

  • Matthew Boyle as Niko
  • Darragh Kelly as Julius
  • Ned Dennehy as Tobias
  • Callum Maloney as Jonni
  • Michael Sheehan as Lenni
  • Niamh Shaw as White Wolf
  • Susan Slott as Oona
  • Aileen Mythen as Wilma
  • Carly Baker as Saga
  • Roger Gregg as Dasher
  • Paul Tylak as Prancer

Finnish Version

  • Kari Hietalahti as Armas
  • Juha Veijonen as Raavas
  • Kari Ketonen as Spede
  • Risto Kaskilahti as Uljas
  • Erik Carlson as Niko
  • Elina Knihtilä as Oana
  • Mikko Kivinen as Julius
  • Vuokko Hovatta as Wilma
  • Aarre Karén as Topias
  • Riku Nieminen as Lenni
  • Juhana Vaittinen as Jonni
  • Katariina Kaitue as Valkoinen susi

Release

Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure was shown at the Hamburg Film Festival{{cite webtitle=Filmfest Hamburg 2012 Niko 2 - Kleines Rentier, großer Heldurl=http://www.filmfesthamburg.de/de/programm/Film/8485/Niko_2_Little_brother_big_troublewebsite=Hamburg Film Festivalaccessdate=6 December 2016language=de on 29 September 2012.
It was released in Finland on October 12, 2012. The film opened in 115 theatres and was seen by 150,889 viewers, grossing €1,384,148.
It was released in Japan on August 9, 2013 after being shown at the Kinder Film Festival.
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.
Later in the fall of 2013 it was released in Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Portugal, Hungary, and Sweden.
In 2014, the film was released in Kuwait, China, Spain (limited), and Peru.
The film was released in the U.S. via Grindstone and Netflix in October 2013.
It moved to new territories in late October 2013.

Home media

Little Brother, Big Trouble was released in Finland on DVD and Blu-ray on November 13, 2013. It was released in the U.S. on October 29, 2013.

Reception

Despite not having a rating as of yet in Rotten Tomatoes, Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure has received generally mixed to positive reviews. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) gave Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure a 5.9 rating out of 10. Collectively, reviewers on Amazon.com have given the film a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Reception for Niko 2 in Japan was quite strong and as a result it was awarded the Grand Prix of the best film in feature section in Tokyo Kinder Film Festival.

Soundtrack

The film's original score was composed by Stephen McKeon once again. The original score can be found for example in Spotify "Niko 2 – Little Brother, Big Trouble (Original Score)".
  • "The Way to the Stars" - Sean Dexter
  • "All About Us" - t.A.T.u

External links

  • Official website
  • Niko 2 on the main producer's website
Category:Finnish films
Category:2012 computer-animated films
Category:Finnish animated films
Category:Animated adventure films
Category:Finnish adventure films
Category:2010s computer-animated films
Category:2010s adventure films
 
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