Watching Christmas movies with my family is an enjoyable time. We enjoy popcorn, cuddles on the couch and lots of laughing when we sit together. We recently watched Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search For Santa. Not familiar with this YouTube sensation? Check him out here. We were ready to watch and as a parent this Christmas film is a total let down.
The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa DVD begins with a narration of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and the reindeer and Santa on the roof of Gummibär’s home with his friends. The reindeer were putting Santa to shame as he couldn’t fit down the chimney. They were calling him fat, and telling him he shouldn’t have eaten all the cookies etc. Very disheartening as we try to teach our children to be kind, to not bully and to never call names, but this movie was encouraging it. Gummibär and his friends receive a phone call from Papa bear to turn on the news as there has been an emergency; Santa went missing. Luckily, Gummi and his pals have more kindness than the reindeer because they want to find him to save Christmas, but where was he?
They travel in their plane to The North Pole. Once they arrive they meet the elves, who weren’t so nice either especially for being elves. There was a fun song the kids loved I’m a Gummy Bear, which was short lived as the elves stopped the music. They take off again where they find a moose, who tells them the aliens took Santa as they bet over a game of cards, whoever won, would get Santa. Rudy the Blue Nosed Moose is Santa’s navigation, so off they go again in hopes of finding Santa. They find Santa on an island a bit disoriented.
They tell him they have to go as it is Christmas, the alien who stole him wasn’t having that so they have a dance-off for Santa. The kids again, liked the songs. They find out that Allen the Alien took Santa because he wanted everyone on his planet to have the joy that Santa brings. Santa tells him to take his wand and be Santa then. Allen takes them all back to The North Pole in time to deliver presents.
When Gummibär arrives back home a letter is waiting to be read from Santa but Gummibär finds no presents and is devastated. Harry tells him it is better to give than receive and that is what they all did was give everyone Christmas by finding Santa. It ends with presents falling down the chimney.
The movie is only about 50 minutes long which is good for kids, but I honestly don’t feel this is an appropriate film for kids, especially younger ones. I mean it is about an abduction of Santa, with bullying, beer drinking and the characters are a bizarre. Santa bends over in one instance with his butt-crack showing. Gummibär is a scary kind-of guy walking around in his underpants. The only real part I enjoyed is when they said giving is better than receiving. Very disappointed in this film which is not rated. Nothing magical about this Christmas film.
You can pick the film up on Amazon.com