Cosmo the fly is all about himself. He leaves his friends behind to search down treasures (that aren’t true treasures), and he sells these “priceless” prizes to his friends. His friends learn that he’s a liar and cheater and a name-caller, but none learn better than the dung beetle, McBroom.
Inspired by a recent tale of Santa Claus, McBroom tries to give his “friends” presents, mostly balls of dung, but all it does is push other bugs away. The bugs won’t get too close to him, and they shy away from any social interaction with him. His somewhat friend Bartle Bee tries to teach him that you give gifts based on what the receiver would like, but McBroom has a hard time understanding this concept.
Unfortunately, A Pondemonium Christmas never resolves the bullying and name-calling, nor does it really wrap up the Christmas theme fixated in the middle of the summer. McBroom aimlessly meets lots of other bugs who make fun of him and that engulfs the plot. While the spider in this film shows grace to McBroom and all of the bugs, this theme doesn’t take control of the storyline, nor does any other positive angle.
There aren’t any intense, inappropriate elements that couldn’t be discussed with a young audience, so this film is Dove-approved for All Ages. However, there will be little to no screen resolve regarding any moral issues.
The Dove Take:
While this cartoon holiday film doesn’t include any heavy, inappropriate themes for small children, few positive themes make an appearance.