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Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (2007)

Robbie's wedding day is interrupted by an intergalactic attack.

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Cast overview:
Ardal O'Hanlon ... Robbie the Reindeer (voice)
Jane Horrocks ... Donner (voice)
Gillian Anderson ... Queen Vorkana (voice)
Keira Knightley ... Em (voice)
Ozzy Osbourne ... Vicar (voice)
Michael Palin ... Gariiiiiii (voice)
Paul Whitehouse ... Prancer (voice)
Sean Hughes ... Tapir (voice)
Harry Enfield ... Old Jingle (voice)
Graham Norton ... Computer (voice)
Russell Brand ... Earth Guardian (voice)
Shane Richie ... Trooper #1 (voice)
Ross Kemp ... Trooper #2 (voice)
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Robbie's wedding is halted by the presence of a sinister crystal and his fiance, Donner, is kidnapped by aliens. Robbie must embark on a mission to stop the destruction of the planet by the evil Vorkana, Queen of the Nargathrons. But with the clock ticking and a best man too love sick to be of any assistance, will our hero rescue his sweetheart and save the world in time? New to the cast in the third film of the series are Keira Knightley, Ozzy Osbourne, Gillian Anderson, Russell Brand, Graham Norton, Ross Kemp, Shane Richie and Michael Palin. They'll join a returning cast of Ardal O'Hanlon, Jane Horrocks, Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse and Sean Hughes. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2007 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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A Tragedy crafted from a Triumph
21 December 2009 | by gregory-toddSee all my reviews

How could a short from the Robbie the Reindeer stable, featuring voice talent like Ardal O'Hanlon (not to mention the other galaxy of stars), especially one taking the mickey out of classic SciFi, fall so short of the mark?

Well start by getting writers who's other major claim to fame is the Amazing Adrelalini Bros, a slapstick micro-cartoon almost completely devoid of wit or humour. That would explain the appallingly unfunny script.

Then hire a first-time director who's major prior achievement was acting as a gangster in a video game. That would explain the pacing -why it felt like they were trying to tell a 2 hour story in 22 minutes.

It doesn't explain why they chose to do a CGI version of claymation. And not particularly good CGI at that. This is a poorly crafted, charmless mess. It will forever sully your memories of the brilliant original (Hooves of Fire), as well as being half an hour of your life that you'll never get back.


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