Don’t bother taking a bite out this one.
Youtube sensation Gummibär stars in his first feature film, Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa is a poorly written, animated way to cash in on the bear’s fifteen minutes of fame. Auto tune songs, silly dancing, sketchy geography and poor jokes are combined to create a sixty minute animation with an unsatisfactory story line and, unfortunately, does not pass as an enjoyable Christmas film. Maybe this is part of the bears charm–to use his dancing skills to rescue Santa from aliens to save Christmas.
Gummibär and friends awake to discover via the news Santa Claus has gone missing from the North Pole. Being fans of Christmas, they decide to help search for him. Allen, a dancing alien from a distant planet, has kidnapped Santa and now Gummibär’s talents must be used to save the holiday. So Gummibär and his band of misfit friends groove from the North Pole and on to the tropics in their search. When they find that Santa was abducted by a hip-hop dancing alien, they must do all that they can, grooving, to save Christmas morning.
Gummibär isn’t one of my favorite styles for animation. The animation quality is boxy and robotic. The music and dancing acts are what makes the animated series unique, however, does not serve the film well as the overall fluidity of the story. The characters aren’t well-thought and serve more to annoy than to entertain. The “reindeer” are a group of moose–and there are scenes where there is the presence of alcohol. This animation is definitely not for children.
Inaccuracies as it relates to the world map, characters miscalculate distances regarding their whereabouts and the North Pole–so this animation is no Sesame Street, and this may be the intention of the animators to downplay facts. The movie teems with references to today’s pop culture trends, and poor diets also stand in as humor in the animation, but does less for entertaining.
The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa is not what you want for Christmas.
Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa special features include:
- Bonus music videos “Christmas is Coming”, “You Know it’s Christmas”, “La La I Love You”, “Go for the Goal”, “Mr. Mister Gummibär”, “Bubble Up”
The music videos feature the bear doing what he does best–sing and dance. The songs are in the bear’s trademark auto tuned voice and aren’t too long with most of the videos being a little over two minutes in duration. “La La I Love You” is the catchiest of the six.