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Niko & The Way to the Stars

Original title: Niko og de flyvende rensdyr
German title: Niko – Ein Rentier hebt ab
Finland, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, 2008

Director: Hegner, Michael & Jusoonen, Kari
Production company: Pictorion Magma Animation
Co-producers: Animaker, Finland; Ulysses Germany, A-Films, Denmark; Magma Films Ireland
Age recommendation: 6 years and up

3-D animation. Searching for his father who works for Santa Claus becomes a big adventure for little reindeer boy Niko and his friends.

Niko & The Way to the Stars is an adventure tale about a young reindeer boy Rusty's quest to find and save his absent father, whom he believes to be a member of the world famous Santa's Elite Flying Forces.

One day Rusty is rehearsing flying out side home valley with his best friend and mentor, an old flying squirrel Julius, and with his potential girl friend Willow. They are discovered by a gang of wolves. Rusty leads his friends to escape back down to home herd, but unfortunately Black Wolf follows them secretly. It leads to the unfortunately death of Willow's father, leader of the home herd. Reindeer herd has to escape from their no more safe Valley.

Rusty blames him self for the accident. He sets out next night to Lappish winter wilderness to find a new home with his flying hero dad, whom he actually has never met. Julius decides to help his friend, even nobody knows where Santa lives. Soon their way crosses the wolf gang, and Rusty finds out Black Wolf has a evil plan to eat and destroy the flying Forces, and replace Santa and the flyers with his gang.

With extra help from a wild blonde weasel girl Wilma, Rusty tries to warn the flyers before the wolves attack. Yet the final fight is not the one with wolves, but inside Rusty's heart when he has to find his own place between two different worlds.

Cinekid Amsterdam 2008 (awarded), Cinemagic Belfast 2008, Oulu 2008, Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart 2009, Giffoni 2009, Michel Hamburg 2009, nominated for European Film Award for Animated Feature Films 2009

Website: www.nikomovie.com

World sales address/es:
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