Blitzen is one of Santa Claus's reindeer, originally named in the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas. His name comes from the German word "Blitz" for "Lightning" ("blitzen" means "to flash").


Prominent appearances

In the following specials, Blitzen makes a prominent appearance in the story and/or has a speaking part.

PictureProductionVoiced byYearNotes
Santa Claus: The Movie 1985
Blitzen on Bonkers
Bonkers: "Miracle at the 34th Precinct" 1993
The Online Adventures of Ozzie the Elf Dan Castellaneta 1997
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Garry Chalk 1998 In this movie, Blitzen is Rudolph's father. He is also brothers with Comet, Cupid and Dasher and has a wife named Mitzi and has a nephew named Arrow.
Olive, the Other Reindeer 1998 Blitzen gets injured and is unable to fly. The news of this prompts the title character to travel to the North Pole so she can fill in for Blitzen. He is also shown that he has a cousin named Schnitzel.
Robbie the Reindeer series Steve Coogan (UK)
Hugh Grant (US)
Takashi Taniguchi (Japan)
1999, 2002 In the first two films, Blitzen serves as the main antagonist. He is jealous of Rudolph's fame and takes this out on Rudolph's son Robbie. In the first film "Hooves of Fire"', Blitzen is in a relationship with Vixen, which later ends.
Donner Mark Acheson 2001
Blizzard Leif Bristow 2003 In this film, Blitzen is has a mate named Delphi and is the father of Blizzard.
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Jim Cummings 2004
Higglytown Heroes: "Twinkle's Wish" 2004
Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen Dave Harris 2006
Back at the Barnyard: "It's an Udderful Life" 2009 Alongside Donner, Blitzen is a college friend of Otis.
T.U.F.F. Puppy: "A Doomed Christmas" Jeff Bennett 2011
Saving Santa 2013
Doctor Who: "Last Christmas" 2014 Blitzen along with Rudolph and Donner appear in this Christmas special.
Elliot the Littlest Reindeer 2018

Minor appearances

In the following specials, Blitzen is named onscreen, but only has a minor/silent role and/or is indistinguishable from the other reindeer.

Santa's team DasherDancerPrancerVixenCometCupidDonnerBlitzenRudolph (Rankin/Bass version)
Others AnnabelleArrowBarnabyBlizzardClariceClarice's fatherDartDelphiFireballFredFrostGargoff • Gift Givers of the Grove (Alice/Aurora/Bori) • Gobie (His friends/grandfather) • GrandpaGrandsanta's Pet ReindeerHollyJonniLeaderLenniLightningMitziMrs. DonnerMrs. PrancerNicNikoOld JingleOliveOonaPrancyRennyRobbieRogerRustySagaSanta Claus's Reindeer's Great-Great-GrandchildrenScratcherSchnitzelSparkleSvenTapirThrasherTobiasZoey (her father/mother)
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