Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)

TV Movie   |  G   |    |  Animation, Comedy, Family


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When Santa cancels his annual flight because of a hurt reindeer, a young Christmas loving dog named Olive is convinced she has what it takes to get Santa's flight off the ground and save Christmas.

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  • Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)
  • Olive helps pull Santa's Sleigh
  • Olive & Martini are interviewed on their way to Santa's.
  • Olive rescues Martini from the Postman's truck.
  • The Postman sings to Olive about why he hates Christmas.
  • Olive convinces Santa to let her help pull his sleigh.

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15 July 2005 | Ddey65
Counter-traditional and Charming at the same time.
A little puppy named Olive hears a radio broadcast about a mishap with one of Santa's reindeer, which threatens to cancel his annual nighttime deliveries, and somehow thinks she can and/or should help, by becoming "the other reindeer." Teamed-Up with a Penguin, and chased by a demented postal worker, they runaway to the North Pole to take the place of Santa's ill-fated reindeer. No, this was not written by Matt Groening, but you'd think it was especially if you've ever read some of his "Life in Hell" comic strips. Most of the jokes revolve around mondegreens, like the title as well as "Richard Stands"(from the USA's Pledge of Allegiance.), and "Round John Virgin(from "Silent Night."). Round-John Virgin and crew are found by Olive and her pal at an arctic roadside bar & grille, and almost get in a fight.

Like many modern Christmas specials such as "Beavis and Butt-head Do Christmas" from four years earlier, it puts new spins on traditional folklore that almost threaten to contradict everything we were taught as children. However this special retains the child-like innocence of Christmas specials produced by Rankin-Bass in the 1960's and '70's. People born before the baby boom might be intimidated by the post-punk, and other contemporary references, but that shouldn't stop the rest of us from enjoying it. It's as safe for the kids as it is hip and enjoyable for us.

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Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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