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Prancer's good-natured holiday cheer -- and a terrific performance from its young star -- are enough to make this yuletide adventure a moderately rewarding watch.



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Average Rating: 3/5

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A 9-year-old girl discovers a wounded reindeer in the forest and, believing it to be one of Santa's magical sleigh team, secretly nurses it back to health. The girl takes it upon herself to contact Santa and return the reindeer to him in this family-oriented Christmas film.

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Sam Elliott
as John Riggs
Cloris Leachman
as Mrs. McFarland
Rutanya Alda
as Aunt Sarah
Abe Vigoda
as Orel Benton
John Joseph Duda
as Steve Riggs
Ariana Richards
as Carol Wetherby
Mark Rolston
as Herb Drier
Johnny Galecki
as Billy Quinn
Frank Welker
as Prancer
Victor Truro
as Mr. Young
Bethany Richards
as (uncredited)
Marcia Porter
as Mrs. Fairburn
John Duda
as Steve Riggs
Loren Janes
as Mr. Soot
Shirley Starnes
as Mrs. Hofsetter
Joseph Morano
as Boy with Santa
Belinda Bremner
as Miss Bedelia
Terry Jayjack
as Mrs. Wetherby
Sandra Olson
as Town Woman
Dan Atherton
as Town Man
Rebecca Harrell
as Jessica Riggs
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Critic Reviews for Prancer

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

A hodgepodge of Heidi and Meet Me in St. Louis.

Dec 14, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This is a tale about faith and love, but it's also a story of coldness and death. Prancer, you might say, puts the winter solstice back in Christmas/

Dec 14, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Harrell carries the film with an impressive performance for a child whose only previous experience was as a singing litterbug in a school play.

Dec 14, 2014 | Full Review…

Prancer remains a real curiosity -- a movie that`s far from being successful on its own terms, yet better than those terms would suggest.

Dec 13, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Its plodding competence can't provide that effortless magical touch that Christmas classics are made of.

May 20, 2003

Harrell's brash debut, the use of animism and the story's sincerity add interest.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prancer

Old-fashioned christmas movie.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Funny and charming, even if it is a typical Christmas film. Rebecca Harrell and Sam Elliott are wonderful.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A touching family film. A good movie to watch on Christmas Eve! Not amazing, but worth seeing!

Isaac H
Isaac H

Super Reviewer


Boring. It's sad because this movie had so much potential.

Andrew Fillmore
Andrew Fillmore

Super Reviewer

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