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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Why different? Who cares, just buy one!

US versionDutch version

Last year, we co-produced with Anima Vitae, Cinemaker and Magma Films an originally Finnish project "Niko - Lentäjän poika," internationally released as "Niko and the Way to the Stars," in the US as "Flight Before Christmas." We did most all of the animation and a whole lot more, and are pretty pleased with the film. It was seen by 9.35 million viewers when it aired last December on CBS and CW domestically, and is currently in release in theaters in Germany as "Niko - Ein Rentier hebt ab" where it runs in nearly 400 cinemas and has been seen by over 200,000 in the past two weeks, which is a lot!

Here are the US and Dutch covers! Have a look up close - they are actually similar yet completely different! I wonder why this is - I guess it is a rights issue between the distributors.
I can only hope that everyone buys the film, if only to see what they missed by the cutting of 27 minutes for the US airing!

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Anonymous patrik says...

Hi, I have a diffrent one :
It's a great movie. I really liked it just as my kids.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 3:18:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Thanks for the kind words, Patrik! By the way, inside the cardboard cover, the Dutch version looks just like the Belgian one that you linked to!

Friday, November 20, 2009 at 9:12:00 AM PST  
Anonymous patrik says...

Hi Hans

Waarschijnlijk herinner je me niet meer maar zo'n 5 jaar geleden, of mss iets langer, heb ik nog een internship bij A film gedaan. Ongeveer 2 maand. Ik heb nog meegedraaid met Terkel i knibbe.
Groeten, Patrik

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 3:29:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

Hey Patrik - I THINK I remember you, but I my memory is more visual than name-based, and we did have several Patri(c)k's here through the ages...
Also, Terkel i Knibe was such a mad house - I need to blog about that, too - that that whole period, from September 2005 to February 2006, is mostly a blur in my mind. I hope you enjoyed your time with us!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 7:11:00 AM PST  

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