Olive, the Other Reindeer
Studio: Curiosity Company Release Date : December 17, 1999 Series: Television Special
Cumulative rating:
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Associated Studio(s)

DNA Productions / Flower Films, Incorporated / Fox Television Studios


A little dog named Olive mistakenly hears on the radio that Santa need to make due with "Olive, the other reindeer" when Blitzen breaks his leg and along with a smooth con-artist penguin named Martini, travel to the North Pole to be Santa's replacement reindeer and save Christmas. But, a disgruntled postman who hates Christmas does everything he can to stop them.


Nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour)
Won the 2000 Annie Award: Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production (Awarded to Steve Young.)
Won the 2000 Annie Award: Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production (awarded to Dan Castellaneta)


Fox (Original broadcast network)


Twentieth Century Fox Television

Cut Scenes

  • Later TV airings, to this day, has some scenes removed for time constraint and most of the end credits were altered with a different font. For whatever reason, the DVD release also has this cut version. The VHS release however is uncut and it is so far the only release to have that version.

Inside Jokes

  • The title is based on a mondegreen (or a misheard or comically misinterpreted phrase from a song or poem) in which case, the lyric "all of the other reindeer" from "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer". In addition, two other characters are derived by a mondegreen (Richard Stands, who's name sounds similiar to the phrase "which it stands" from the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance, and Round John Virgin, who's name is taken from the phrase "round yon virgin" from the song "Silent Night", which Olive mentions but Round John claims he doesn't know what she's talking about).
  • Along the way to Arctic Junction, the bus Olive travels in passes a sign that reads "Frostbite Falls, Next Exit." This is a reference to the home of cartoon characters Rocky and Bullwinkle.
  • While trapped in the Postman's truck, Olive sees a package addressed to her from "Deus Ex Machina" and inside is a metal file to help her escape. This is a joke referring to a "Deus ex machina", a plot device in a story where a unsolvable problem is suddenly resolved by an unexpected and unlikely occurrence.


  • Based on the book of the same name by Vivian Walsh (and illustrated by J. Otto Seibold).


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Olive, the Other Reindeer


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Olive, the Other Reindeer
Olive, the Other Reindeer

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 46:03
Production No.: 2002-99-199
Animation Type: Combined Standard Animation and Computer Animation (CGI)
Aspect Ratio: 4 : 3 (Television)
Print Type: Video (NTSC)
Negative Type: Digital
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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