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by Michael Hegner, Kari Juusonen


The story of a reindeer boy who dreams about becoming one of Santas flying reindeer, just like his dad, whom he has never met. Despite stuffing from severe vertigo, Rusty spends most days sneaking out of his home valley to take flying lessons from Julius, a member of the area Finnish family of flying squirrels.

international title: Niko & The Way to the Stars
original title: Niko - Lentäjän poika
country: Finland, Denmark, Germany, Ireland
year: 2008
genre: animation
directed by: Michael Hegner, Kari Juusonen
release date: FI 10/10/2008, SE 7/11/2008, CZ 11/12/2008, BE 17/12/2009, NL 17/12/2009, DK 25/12/2008, NO 26/12/2008, IT 30/10/2009, AT 6/11/2009, HR 12/11/2009, SI 3/12/2009, ES 23/12/2009, DE 4/11/2010, FR 17/12/2008
screenplay: Marteinn Thorisson, Hannu Tuomainen
film editing: Per Risager
music: Stephen McKeon
producer: Petteri Pasanen, Hannu Tuomainen
production: Anima Vitae, A-Film, Ulysses (DE), Magma Films (IE)
backing: Finnish Film Foundation, Hamburg Film Fund, Danish Film Institute, Irish Film Board, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Eurimages, YLE, TV2 Denmark, ZDF
distributor: Nord Films Distribution, Filmax, Universum Film GmbH
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