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Hooves of Fire (1999)

Robbie, an out-of-condition reindeer, tries to earn a place on Santa's crack sleigh team.

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Richard Starzak (as Richard Goleszowski)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Williams ... Narrator (voice)
Ardal O'Hanlon ... Robbie the Reindeer (voice)
Paul Whitehouse ... Prancer (voice)
Jane Horrocks ... Donner (voice)
Steve Coogan ... Blitzen (voice)
Caroline Quentin ... Vixen (voice)
Jean Alexander ... Mrs. Santa (voice)
Ricky Tomlinson ... Santa Claus (voice)
Rhys Ifans ... Head Elf (voice)
Harry Enfield ... Old Jingle (voice)
Tony Anscombe Tony Anscombe ... Elf #3 (voice)
Alistair McGowan ... Des Yeti / Alan Snowman / Trash Bag (voice)
Ben Stiller ... Robbie the Reindeer (voice)
Britney Spears ... Donner (voice)
James Woods ... Narrator (voice)
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Robbie the reindeer is determined to win a place pulling Santa's sled. Unfortunately, he's got two problems facing him. One, he's sadly out of shape; two, he doesn't realize his pal Blitzen is cheating! Confused by the temptations of sexy lady reindeer Vixen, and completely unaware of bubble-headed Donner's love for him, Robbie faces the race of his life. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hooves of Fire See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Old Jingle: Remember you are what you eat.
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As the credits roll in the American dubbed version, we see behind the scenes of the actors recording the voices for their characters. See more »

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In 2002, CBS aired this special and its sequel Legend of the Lost Tribe with an entirely new voice cast. Ben Stiller was Robbie, Britney Spears was Donner, Hugh Grant was Blitzen, Brad Garret was Prancer, Leah Remini was Vixen and Jerry Stiller was Old Jingle. See more »

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Hurrah!
12 July 2004 | by Bondorf39See all my reviews

No one ever says "hurrah" do they? You never see, "And Gene Shallit says, 'Hurrah!'" in a newspaper. Which is a shame, because it's so much fun to say. Go on try it. No one's looking. Okay, on three, ready? One...two...three. HURRAH! There, that wasn't bad, was it?

Anyway, onto the actual film, it's wonderful. The story concerns Robbie (voiced by Irish comedian extraordinare Ardal O'Hanlon), the son of another famous reindeer (whose name is never uttered) who wants to be on Santa's sleigh team. Trouble is, he's lazy. In the end he gets up off his butt, defeats the evil Blitzen ("Around the World in 80 Days" star Steve Coogan) and finds love. The writing, performances, animation and everything are superb. You will find yourself laughing out loud at these reindeer and the silly things they do. But make sure you see the UK edition, because on CBS here in the States they've rerecorded the dialogue with Ben Stiller, Britney Spears, Hugh Grant and Brad Garrett and removed charming Britishisms like, "You're chucked" rather than "I'm breaking up with you."

There is an important point here. Americans are obtuse about other cultures. We are so convinced that ours is the best nation out there despite never EVER having set foot off her shores. Anything foreign, we remake and redo and Americanize. This is the logic behind American versions of British comedies, Kevin Costner as Robin Hood and the decision that American primetime TV audiences wouldn't like an Irish reindeer so let's make him Derrick Zoolander instead.

See the British version, I beg you. And its sequel, "Legend of the Lost Tribe."


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