A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Doing things out of sincerity is better than doing nice things for selfish reasons. Be good because you want to be, not to impress Santa. Care about those around you even if they celebrate holidays differently than you. Apologize when you've wronged someone.
Positive Role Models
Steve Urkel is kind and volunteers to help others, though sometimes his help does more harm than good as he's accident prone. He does apologize for his mishaps. Dudley, a rich entrepreneur, encourages Urkel to "cause a disruption" even if that means breaking things and not being considerate of others. He also advises him to "ask forgiveness later."
Diverse characters both on screen and behind the scenes with the voice cast. Diverse community with characters from different racial and religious backgrounds. Steve Urkel is Black, as are many of the characters he interacts with. Aside from Christmas there are references to Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the lunar calendar, and other cultural and religious holidays. Santa is shown in different sizes, genders, and races.
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Violence & Scariness
A bus driver shoves a man with a walker off a bus in an effort to hurry him. Urkel is accident prone and causes many mishaps where others are injured, including someone repeatedly hit over the head with a basketball, a woman accidentally piercing herself in her finger, and other accidents including falls, crashes, explosions, and injuries that don't last long.
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Insults such as "loser." Someone says "you could use the curse words" but none are spoken. Frequent uses of "screwed" and "screwing things up."
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Products & Purchases
Steve Urkel is a character from the popular television sitcom Family Matters; this might generate interest in the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie! is an animated musical featuring the well-known Steve Urkel character from the popular TV sitcom Family Matters. In this movie Urkel is on a mission to spread holiday cheer and be Santa's greatest helper, but in the process, he causes a lot of chaos and has to work to get things back on track. Urkel is accident prone and causes many dangerous mishaps where others are injured; accidents include falls, crashes, and explosions, but injuries don't last long. Language includes frequent use of "screwed up" and some insults such as "loser." Aside from Christmas there are references to Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the lunar calendar, and other cultural and religious holidays. Santa is shown in different sizes, genders, and races. Positive messages include apologizing when you've wronged someone and being good because you want to be, not to get something in return. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie! is an over-the-top musical comedy that brings back the beloved character Steve Urkel in animated form. Urkel, now the head of Urkel Industries, faces a festive challenge when the Twin Ferns Mall experiences a downturn in holiday cheer. The story unfolds as Urkel, armed with his inventive skills, tries to help Santa, portrayed as a Department Store Santa (Larry Owens), but of course good intentions lead to chaos, punctuated by his famous catchphrase, "Did I do that?"
The film cleverly comments on contemporary society by introducing an altruistic app that turns holiday joy into a misguided game. While the animated feature offers entertainment, some laughs, and even some catchy R&B songs, it takes a while to get there, and some audience members might check out before the fun even begins. Despite this, Jaleel White's effort to recapture Urkel's magic adds a nostalgic touch for Family Matters fans and provides a lighthearted holiday treat for kids.
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