It’s Fishmas in Fishtail Reef, and Fifi and all her friends at Fish School are super excited to spend a fun-filled vacation with their families. But when a little shark named Ping goes missing after being chased away from his reef by some bullies, Fifi and Lily put their holiday plans aside to find Ping. As they search through the Reef, they hope they can bring everyone in town together to celebrate the most magical and Merry Fishmas surrounded by friendship and love. This Christmas, take a dive into Fishmas.

Dove Review

Fishmas! is a 2019 underwater animated film that, while slow on action and pacing, does its best to teach young children important lessons about bullying, how to respond to mean words, and the power of togetherness, maintaining the Christmas spirit all the while.

Fifi and her friends from Fishtail Reef express their dislike of bullying right away upon learning that Ping the whale shark is constantly made fun of for being so big. Ping runs (or swims) away when the bullying won’t stop, so Fifi and her friends decide to make it their mission to find Ping and reunite him with his family in time for Christmas. These characters generate an incredibly giving, supportive nature. After Ping is brought home, they all consider offering one of their many gifts to their teacher, since he has no family to celebrate with.

As a whole, the film provides a clear set of morals and stays true to the values of kindness, bravery, and self-sacrifice that make both the Christmas season and the Christian life so worthwhile, earning this film Dove-approval for All Ages.

The Dove Take:

When a baby whale shark goes missing, Fifi and her friends set out on an underwater Christmas mission to bring Ping home and show Fishtail Reef what it means to be a true friend.

Content Description

Faith: Faith: Though never explicitly mentioned, there are many elements of the redemption story paralleled in Fishmas! Ping’s belief in the Whale Shark King—a being who is never seen, but strongly believed in—not only keeps him motivated, but leads him back to his mother and friends, painting the Whale Shark King as a Christ-like figure.
Violence: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Cinedigm
Writer: Lisa Baget
Director: Evan Tramel
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 90 min.
Starring: KJ Schrock, Tina Shuster, Sarah Taylor, Travis Sanders, and Arlington Carla
Reviewer: Mark H.