New Christmas classic sets debut


You know this one is going to be around for many years to come. Adding to the repertoire of Christmas shows which get annual airing, CBS has set Friday, December 12th for the debut of “The Flight Before Christmas,” an animated holiday special about a young reindeer with ambitions of becoming an expert flyer like his father. The show features the voices of Emma Roberts and Norm McDonald.  

Niko the young reindeer yearns to fly just like his Dad whom he believes is a member of Santa’s Flying Forces. Following an attack by wolves on his herd’s peaceful home, he heads off on a desperate, dangerous mission through icy blizzards and across wild terrain to find his father.  He discovers a devious plan to destroy and replace the famous flying squadron by the evil Black Wolf and his gang.

On his heroic journey to find his father and save Christmas, Niko is accompanied by his constant friend and surrogate father Julius, a clumsy squirrel who has nurtured and indulged the boy’s dream.  Julius knows he has to persuade Niko to return home to the safety of the herd, but much to his annoyance they are then joined by a sassy young singing weasel called Wilma, who actually knows the way to Santa’s Fell.  

As the brave trio encounter challenges on their hazardous journey, Niko faces the biggest one when he must choose between the life he has dreamed about and a life with his family.

“The Flight Before Christmas” is produced by the Weinstein Company.