|Ricky Rapper and the Bicycle Thief|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mari Rantasila|
|Produced by||Lasse Saarinen
|Written by||Sinikka Nopola
|Music by||Iiro Rantala|
|Editing by||Tuuli Kuittinen|
|Distributed by||Nordisk Film|
|Release date(s)||February 12, 2010|
|Running time||100 minutes|
|Gross revenue||$ 2,566,428
(14 March 2010)
|Preceded by||Ricky Rapper|
The Ricky Rapper and the Bicycle Thief (Finnish: Risto Räppääjä ja polkupyörävaras) is a 2010 Finnish musical film. The film is based on children's fantasy book series Ricky Rapper of Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola. However, the film is not based on any book volume. The children's musical comedy Ricky Rapper and the Bicycle Thief continues loosely the previous film Ricky Rapper. The film was shooted in Kartanonkoski in the city of Vantaa and also in Hyvinkää, Porvoo and Sipoo in the summer 2009. Furthermore, train station scenes were shooted in the Kauklahti railway station in the city of Espoo and on the Ilmala rail yard in the city of Helsinki.
The previous Ricky Rapper film was shooted a couple of years earlier and the kid actors, as Ricky Rapper and Nelly Butterfly, were "over-aged". Consequently the studio hired new main actors. However, previous stars make a popup visit during the end credits of the film.
The Ricky Rapper and the Bicycle Thief received 38,425 viewers in its first weekend – almost double as the previous film. The result was the sixth most succesful in the Finnish box-office in its first weekend all-time, and the most succesful Finnish family movie all-time.
Aunt Serena Rapper and Lennart Lindberg leave on a vacation and Fanny Freezer comes to take care of Ricky Rapper and Nelly Noodlehead. Ricky gets a new bike, but the bike disappears inexplicably.