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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Gummibar: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa extends a popular YouTube animated video into a full-length feature with mediocre results. The movie includes reindeer who drink beer and tell fat jokes at the expense of Santa, as well as some minor cartoon action.
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What's the story?
Gummibar and his quirky friends are looking forward to getting presents on Christmas morning. But when they learn on TV that Santa Claus is missing, they decide to fly to the North Pole to find out what happened. They discover that Santa was abducted by an alien who loves to dance. In order to save Santa and Christmas, Gummibar and his friends must go to the island where the alien has taken Santa, and defeat the alien in a dance contest.
Is it any good?
Turning the viral YouTube dance song sensation into a 50-minute holiday feature was a mistake. Even with Gummibar presenting new holiday-themed Auto-tuned songs with disco beats backing him up, there isn't much to work with. The story somehow manages to drag, even at its short length. The characters (a ragtag bunch of snarky misfits) are cliched and the writing tries too hard to be witty.
The irritating music mixed with some inappropriate humor -- Santa bending over to expose his butt crack; sarcastic reindeer drinking beer and making fat jokes --should be reason enough to avoid this. Viral YouTube videos do not always translate well into longer features, and this is a case in point.
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