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Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012) at a glance

Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012) is a family and Christmas themed animated feature directed by Kari Juusonen from Finland. It is the sequel to Niko & The Way to the Stars (2008). The production of this animated feature is a collaboration between Finland, Germany, Denmark and Ireland. In 2013, this Finnish animated feature has won the Grand Prix of the best film in feature section at Tokyo Kinder Film Festival.

PS. Thanks again to Anne-Claire from Alliance Française & the organisers of European Union Film Festival for the Complimentary Pass!! Really appreciate it!!

Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012) Trailer

Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012) Synopsis

Niko, a young reindeer boy, secretly wishes his mom and his hero dad from Santa's world famous Flying Forces would get back together so they could be a real family – something they have never been. One day mom springs the news on Niko; she’s met a guy, an ordinary reindeer, Lenni, and he and his little son Jonni will be moving in. Niko's world is shaken: he will no longer be the only child. Furthermore, when called upon to look after this darn cute little stepbrother, Jonni goes missing and Niko must embark on a dangerous journey to save him.

Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012) Review

Niko's mother and Jonni's father.
Niko's mother and Jonni's father.

The beautifully animated Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012) is a sensational animated feature from Finland. While I cannot compare this film to the first one as I have not seen it, I could proclaim that this animated feature is not your typical christmas movie!

Niko and his new family members.
Niko and his new family members.

This Christmasy animated feature touches on issues from separated parents and extended family which not many creators would include in family or festive movies, especially those intended for children. In contrary to popular belief, it isn't a negative or depressing theme at all. In fact, it is quite endearing to watch how these characters accept or get along with each other!

Wilma, Saga, Jonni, Niko and Julius.
Wilma, Saga, Jonni, Niko and Julius.

Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012) is also fun and amusing. In the beginning, it may appear to be childish for those who are not into family films but truly, this animated feature has the ability to charm the hearts of all ages with its lovely characters! Yes, the plot could be a little confusing to those who have not seen the first one as there is no flashbacks or mentions of incidents from the previous movie but the friendship and family values are strong in this film so it is great for family movie time!

Niko's father, Prancer. A member of Flying Forces.
Niko's father, Prancer. A member of Flying Forces.

Most importantly, what we can learn from this animated feature is that there are certain things that we shouldn't take lightly of and we should be honest in serious matters especially one lie can lead to another and it won't be easy to correct it later. Our lives too, are not just about us, it also about people around us and there is a huge responsibility in everything we do.

In short, Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012) champions the importance of a happy heart and we should too, always keep ourselves and everyone we love, happy. That is the most important and the best present ever one could give to anyone!

PS. Super glad that I went for the movie at EUFF14 and found another one to add into my favorite list. I love this movie because just how many family films intended for children out there that are actually adorable and touches on important life issues and taboo topics? Niko 3 please.

Who will like this?

This movie is great for family and it does makes a great Christmas movie!

Details of the movie

Director: Kari Juusonen
Producer: Antti Haikala, Hannu Tuomainen, Petteri Pasanen, Moe Honan, Lise Ann Mangino, Maite Woköck
Story: Not sure.
Screenplay: Marteinn Thorisson, Hannu Tuomainen
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Stephen McKeon
Studio: Anima Vitae, Cinemaker, Ulysses Films, Tidal Films, A. Film Production
Starring: Erik Carlson, Juhana Vaittinen, Mikko Kivinen, Vuokko Hovatta, Aarre Karen
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Global Screen, BAC Films, Nordisk Film, Universum Film, Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Country: Finland
Language: English
Genre: Adventure Comedy Family
Running time: 79 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: Not sure.

Official website(s)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012) Poster


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