Ben Stiller, Hugh Grant, Britney Spears, Jim Belushi, Brad Garrett, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller, James Woods,Dan Dierdorf and Dick Enberg lend their voices to two animated holiday specials, ROBBIE THE REINDEER: HOOVES OF FIRE and ROBBIE THE REINDEER: LEGEND OF THE LOST TRIBE, to be rebroadcast Saturday, Nov. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast 12/13/02)
In the first special, ROBBIE THE REINDEER: HOOVES OF FIRE, Robbie must train to compete in the Reindeer Races against reindeer-gone-bad Blitzen to become a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Robbie (voiced by Ben Stiller) travels to Coldchester, the ski resort where the Reindeer Races are held, to try out for a position on Santa’s team. Blitzen (voiced by Hugh Grant), however, feels his position of captain on Santa’s team is threatened by the arrival of the new recruit and airs his insecurities to Prancer (voiced by Brad Garrett).
When Santa (voiced by Jim Belushi) throws a party to unveil his new sleigh, which features a sophisticated radar system designed by the conniving Blitzen, Robbie realizes he must work hard to win a place on Santa’s team. Assisting Robbie in his training is veteran coach Old Jingle (voiced by Jerry Stiller) and Donner (voiced by Britney Spears), who has a crush on Robbie. However, Robbie only has eyes for the vampish Vixen (voiced by Leah Remini). Also, Des Yeti (Dick Enberg) and Alan the Snowman (Dan Dierdorf) prepare to announce the action at the Reindeer Races. When Robbie’s day of competition arrives, a turn of events makes for interesting surprises for Robbie and the rest of the reindeer bunch.
In the second special, ROBBIE THE REINDEER: LEGEND OF THE LOST TRIBE, Robbie, with the help of an elusive tribe of Vikings, battles Blitzen in an effort to stop his nemesis’ launch of a reindeer theme park. Robbie and his reindeer friends, including Donner, Prancer, Old Jingle and Tapir (voiced by Jim Belushi), are all working hard in Santa’s North Pole Holidays Office; however, not all is cheery in the workplace since the reindeers’ attempts to make money have failed. Meanwhile, all of Robbie’s attentions have been focused on the tribe of Vikings (voiced by James Woods), which saved him from falling down the crevasse of a mountain.
Worries about the office’s success are cast aside by the re-appearance of Blitzen, who was recently released from prison for good behavior. Blitzen assures the other reindeer that he has “turned over a new antler” and is eager to help out. He suggests they open up a luxury hotel to turn new profits. But, soon Blitzen shows his true colors, using the luxury hotel as his “Reindeer World” theme park, with plans to use the reindeer gang as the robotic attractions. Robbie, Donner and Prancer search for the tribe of Vikings to help the rest of the reindeer escape the clutches of the evil Blitzen and his thugs. In their own unique way, the Vikings devise a plan to disguise themselves and save the reindeer, while Blitzen meets Robbie and Donner in a final confrontation.
ROBBIE THE REINDEER: HOOVES OF FIRE and ROBBIE THE REINDEER: LEGEND OF THE LOST TRIBE was produced by the BBC’s 3D animation unit in Bristol and BBC Worldwide, in association with Comic Relief. The executive producers for ROBBIE THE REINDEER: HOOVES OF FIRE are Helen Nabarro and Colin Rose from the BBC and Kevin Cahill and Richard Curtis from Comic Relief. Jacqueline White is the producer; Richard Goleszowski directed from a script by Richard Curtis, Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil. The executive producers for ROBBIE THE REINDEER: LEGEND OF THE LOST TRIBE are Helen Nabarro, Kevin Cahill and Richard Curtis; Jacqueline White produced. Peter Peake directed from a script by Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil.