Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa

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Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa
Gummibär you are not groovy!
Genre: Adventure
Directed By: Bernie Denk
Jürgen Korduletsch
Produced By: Christian Schneider
Jürgen Korduletsch
Written By: Robert David Stevenson
Leo St. Pierre
Starring: Sonja Ball
Holly Gauthier-Frankel
Bruce Dinsmore
Rick Jones
Mike Paterson
Distributed By: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 8, 2012 (UK)
November 6, 2012 (US)
Runtime: 61 Minutes
Country: United States
Language: English

Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa is a 2012 direct-to-DVD animated film produced by Lionsgate Entertainment, based on the viral German character Gummibär.


Santa has been kidnapped by an alien. Gummibär and his friends must find and save Santa so that everyone will have presents on Christmas.

Why It Sucks

  1. Gummibär's speaking voice is that of an American child, which is quite strange considering the fact that Gummibär's voice is a huge-pitched adult voice.
  2. Gummibär himself looks out of place alongside new characters like Harry the chameleon, Kala the cat, and Vampiro the vampire bat, as Harry and Vampiro look like Yooka-Laylee Rejects and Kala looks like a Star Fox Reject.
  3. A really disturbing opening scene where Gummibär has a nightmare where Santa gets killed when a Christmas tree falls on him, causing Gummibär to scream in horror.
  4. Several filler scenes, such as Gummibär fishing with Santa and driving around the North Pole.
  5. The humor falls flat, as such scene where Gummibär tells children not to pilot a plane without their parents' permission and Vampiro frequently obsessing over his juice box.
  6. There is a scene in which several caribou drink alcohol and gamble in movie for kids.
  7. If you actually like Gummibär's songs, you will be disappointed because many of them are cut off before finishing.
  8. Scenes can be poorly edited, with obvious jump-cuts between frames during certain scenes, like Gummibär's jump during the "I'm a Gummy Bear" song.
  9. Poor and clunky animation, with bland and mediocre graphics
  10. In one certain scene of Vampiro flying, they literally reverse the footage as a landing.
  11. Bad voice acting.
  12. The film constantly reuses assets. For example, in two shots of Santa flying, the starry night background is exactly the same, but the second one having the moon.
  13. Mediocre and uninspiring plot.
  14. The editing gets so bad that some scenes are actually out of order. There’s one scene where Allen pulls out a DDR board after Gummibär’s dance routine, but instead of reacting to the board, the characters comment on how good Gummibär’s dancing is as if he’s still going.
  15. False advertising: The poster says that it "Includes the hit song 'I am a Gummy Bear,'" but the movie actually doesn't have the full song, as the song is cut off when an elf takes the radio from Kala.
  16. The movie has an abundance of animation errors, such as how in one scene, the camera clips through the Gummibär's plane model.
  17. Kala’s design is a bit sexual for a kids movie.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. There is one decent joke, in which Kala says that she's spent enough time with Vampiro to know what stupid is, and Vampiro doesn't react.
  2. When the plane crash lands onto the island, the way the sand reacts is surprisingly well animated.
  3. Not a bad soundtrack, despite the fact that many Gummibär's songs are cut off before finishing, as mentioned above.
  4. Dancin’ Dancin’ (What I Need) and You Know It's Christmas at least are the only Gummibär's songs that wasn't cut off before finishing.
  5. From this film, the song Lucky Star was first shown, which later became available on Gummibär – Party Pop CDS


  • The film was released in theaters in Greece.
  • Another Gummibär movie called "Gummibär 3D" was announced in 2014 starring John Travolta, is was planned to be released in a movie theater, but it was never released.



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8 months ago
Score 0
Eh eh...... but I think it's surprisingly better than the web-show that came out 4 years later.
The Gummy Bear wasn't even relevant in 2012. What were they thinking?


3 months ago
Score 0

Christ. In Greece, the film was actually released on cinemas!!! (the Gummibär was still sort of popular in Greece by then, though not as much as in 2009)

Also, glad that John Travolta film never completed production. I mean, it's just a dancing Gummibär with little to no personality and an obnoxious voice.


2 months ago
Score 0
I hate Gummibar, I also hate this movie

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