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A Christmas Carol/Olive, the Other Reindeer
A Christmas Carol/Olive the Other Reindeer
Actors: Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Joe Pantoliano, Edward Asner, Peter MacNicol
Director: Steve Moore
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Animation
NR     2005     0hr 45min

Simpsons creator Matt Groening helped create this delightful animated adaptation of the popular Christmas book. Originally shown on the Fox channel in 1999, Olive deals with a upstanding dreamer of a pooch (voiced expressi...  more »


Movie Details

Actors: Drew Barrymore, Dan Castellaneta, Joe Pantoliano, Edward Asner, Peter MacNicol
Director: Steve Moore
Creators: Drew Barrymore, Alex Johns, Claudia De La Roca, Keith Alcorn, J. Otto Seibold, Steve Young, Vivian Walsh
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Family Films, Christmas, Animation
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color - Animated,Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/18/2005
Original Release Date: 12/17/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 12/17/1999
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 0hr 45min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Fun for kids and adults
Greg Bulmash | Lynnwood, WA United States | 11/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This tale of a Christmas-loving dog who tries to help Santa make his deliveries is both cute and innocent enough for young kids and hip enough for their Gen X parents. For example there's a great line that parodies the "you're no Jack Kennedy" remark Lloyd Bentsen made to Dan Quayle in the 1988 VP debates. That's going to go over the head of any kid, but they'll be wondering why Mommy and Daddy think it's so funny. And that's not the only joke snuck in for the grown ups.With a larcenous penguin as a companion, Olive meets interesting and interestingly-named characters as she heads to the North Pole to save Christmas. This special truly deserved its Emmy nomination and will entertain both you and your kids.A last bit of trivia: When Drew Barrymore (the voice of Olive) was in Woody Allen's musical, "Everyone Says I Love You", she was the only star in it who was able to convince Woody her singing was so bad that she should have a voice double for her songs. That should make it all the more interesting when you get to hear Drew sing in "Olive, The Other Reindeer"."
Inoffensive cartoon dog saves Christmas, delights Christian.
Norm De Plume | burbank, ca United States | 12/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First off, this animated Christmas special is not for toddlers or infants. If you are looking for something stimulating and harmless for the high-chair set, try sitting junior in front of some colored, blinking lights and leave the wit and satire to those who can properly appreciate it. "Olive the Other Reindeer" is a funny, wonderfully animated story that has layers of meaning and humour that are best suited to the 10-to-adult, 'Simpsons' fan-base. The message of hard work, acceptance and charity that is expressed in this special is far from 'anti-Christian' and is, in fact, much better than the 'buy our toys' sentiment conveyed by most contemporary holiday fare. With jokes, songs, celebrity cameos and an innovative, cut-paper animated style, "Olive" is truly 'family-entertainment' that can be enjoyed by most everyone in the family - except those who wear bibs and diapers (sorry Grandpa).P.s. To the irrate 'Christian' who, among other things, thinks that the representation of a Menorah denotes an anti-Christian slant: what does Santa Claus have to do with Christ anyway? I must've missed that passage in the Bible in which Kris Kringle and the flying reindeer make an appearance."
A lovely and cute movie...
Sara | USA | 06/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the most adorable movie. It was featured on FOX, as a Christmas special. Drew Barrymore uses her lovely voice to portray Olive, a little dog who thinks he is ment to be one of Santa's reindeers. An evil postal worker plans to ruin Christmas, and stop Olive. It is such a wonderful story; soon to be a new Christmas classic. It is so cute, and a must to buy. Anyone will love this movie."
Olive, the Other Reindeer is a new holiday classic
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 09/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"How could you not love this story? The title alone will make you smile! But then someone got the great idea of animating this story of a small but brave little dog named Olive who jumps at the chance to join Santa's team of reindeer when Blitzen is injured AND letting Drew Barrymore do the voice of Olive. By the time you recognize the voices of Dan Castallaneta, Ed Asner, Peter MacNichol and Michael Stipe, you realize that they all signed on because this is a quality holiday story. It has been a long time boys and girls since we have had a new one this good to enjoy during the holiday season. Even if you have not enjoyed the charming book by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, you will adore the movie. Or visa versa. If you have kids they will want to watch this one over and over, but do not worry about it; you will not mind that one bit."