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Gummibar: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa

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YouTube sensation translates into bad-taste holiday movie.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 50 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

Language

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Reindeer drink beer while playing cards.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

DVD/Streaming release date:November 6, 2012
Cast:Bruce Dinsmore, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, Sonja Ball
Director:Bernie Denk
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Holidays
Run time:50 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written byFilmFather December 11, 2012

C'mon, it wasn't THAT bad

Look, anyone who willingly watches this movie isn’t looking for high art. Taking that into consideration, Gummibar: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa is a harmless, entertaining way to pass an hour with your kids if you’re snowed in or they’re warming up from playing outside. It has good-enough animation and eye-rolling punchlines your kids will eat up. It also has a sense of self-awareness (someone calls Gummy a “famous dancing green confectionary from the Internet”) and passing references to Die Hard 2, The Wizard of Oz, Jerry Maguire, Chinatown, Titanic, and Top Gun. *** At times it may feel like a glorified TV special, but Gummibar: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa is passable fun for your family Christmas viewing – though it may take a team of specialists to remove the green guy’s songs from your head. *** Gummibar: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa is unrated, but features some mild rude humor: Santa lets out a quick fart squeezing into a chimney, says “my butt hurts” after landing on his rear, then shows a little “plumber’s crack” while bending over to pick up presents. In other areas: Alan the alien does kidnap Santa, but it’s never shown as malevolent; Calla gives Vampiro a quick kiss under a mistletoe. *** READ MY FULL REVIEW AT: filmfather (dot) blogspot (dot) com.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking