Reindeer from Blithbury Reindeer Lodge are set to become stars of the big screen this Christmas as they feature in the new British film, Get Santa.
Seven reindeer worked on the film for several months earlier this year during which they ran across London, went shopping on Carnaby Street and walked through the centre of Harrogate in disguise.
7 year-old Combo has the lead reindeer role as “Dasher” and was required to run across Millennium Bridge in London for one of the scenes (photo). One of the younger reindeer, George, has a key moment in the film too, breaking wind as a way of “communicating”.
Get Santa boasts a cast of stellar British talent including national treasure Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter film series) as “Santa”, Rafe Spall (Prometheus, I Give It a Year), Warwick Davis (Harry Potter film series, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi), Jodie Whittaker (Attack The Block, Venus), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down) and newcomer Kit Connor (Rocket’s Island).
Stephen Swinnerton, Owner of Blithbury Reindeer Lodge, said “Although our herd have worked on film and TV programmes previously, this is the first time our reindeer have been used as characters in a film. We all loved working on Get Santa which boasts an amazing cast and crew, and are thrilled that our reindeer were able to help bring this magical story to life”.
Members of the public can visit Combo and his fellow film stars during November and December at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge, where “Dasher” has a specially created Get Santa home for the winter.