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Gummibar: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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YouTube sensation translates into bad-taste holiday movie.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 50 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This feature is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

This short feature offers some pat messages about the value of working together for a common cause and the joy of giving in addition to receiving. But there's also some body humor, including a bunch of fat jokes aimed at Santa Claus.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While Gummibar is a great dancer, the characters aren't developed enough to be role models.

Violence & Scariness

Some mild cartoon violence. While trying to catch a fly on the rearview mirror of a car at the North Pole, a lizard gets his tongue stuck as the car drives away and drags him along. A boy kicks a reporter in the shin. Elves and Gummibar's friends get into a snowball fight.

Sexy Stuff

Some butt crack images and booty shaking during dances.


Reindeer engage in a litany of fat jokes at the expense of Santa Claus.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Reindeer drink beer while playing cards.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 year old Written byCooldudeben75 January 20, 2019

what the.........

This is the stupidest movie I have ever seen.
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Amazing Guy Dude October 30, 2017

The concerns

The concerns are the reindeer drinking beer and playing cards and making fat jokes about santa, also some of the violence. Other than that, it’s cool.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about holiday movies. How does this compare to other movies about Santa Claus and Christmas?

  • Why do you think this movie was created? Can you think of any successful movies that started on YouTube? Where are some good sources for movie ideas?

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