Lionsgate // 2012 // 50 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // December 2nd, 2012
Thanks Internet. Thanks a lot.
I try to keep up with what's trending these days, but this meme totally eluded me. Apparently, the Gummibar character has set the online world on fire. The disc cover trumpets his "YouTube Sensation" status, boasting over 2 billion views to date. Wow. That's a lot of views...and because of it, the world is now afflicted with The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa.
Gummibar is a literal Gummy bear, green and fat, with man boobs, a chunk missing from his ear, and low-hanging underwear that reveals an unsettling butt crack. He also loves to break into impromptu dances fueled by hard-hitting techno trance music.
On Christmas morning, Gummibar discovers Santa Claus is in trouble. The jolly old fat man has been kidnapped by an alien, and children the world over are about to suffer bitter disappointment. Thus Gummibar and his cohorts -- a svelte female cat in spandex, a fruit-punch-guzzling vampire bat, and a nearsighted iguana -- pile into their jet (?) and fly to the North Pole. Gathering intel on Santa's last know whereabouts, our heroes end up on a tropical island where they encounter the alien and engage in a dance-off for the rights to Santa.
Fifty minutes of sheer brutality. Obviously, this is geared for kids, but I'm not going to fully endorse The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa as family-friendly. Gummibar is a fat and annoying slob who really needs to pull up his drawers. To make matters worse, the rest of his disposable generic character crew are saddled with enough sophomoric scatological humor to make them toddler Kryptonite. I'm no prude, but for a feature so obviously aimed at the pre-tween set, how necessary are fart jokes and the word "butt?"
The real pain kicks in during the song and dance routines, which I surmise is major source of Gummibar's viral success. This stuff is just ear murder; loud, subwoofer-abusing, and incoherent. If you believe the marketing, the song "I am a Gummy Bear" is a "hit." God help us all.
What else to tell you? The CGI animation is passable but noting to go crazy for. It doesn't help that the plot is ridiculous (the alien wants to bring Christmas to his home world) while Santa's reindeer drink booze and play cards. Really.
If you opt to take The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa for a spin, here's what awaits: an adequate standard def 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, a Dolby 5.1 Surround track which methodically destroy your ear drums, and six bonus music videos to drive the final nail into your brain.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* English (CC)
Running Time: 50 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Music Videos