Welcome to Sunnyville, the most amazing town in the whole world, where Santa and his helper Mittens the Reindeer live and play. It’s July and the weather is warm and sunny, but that’s not stopping Santa and the residents of Sunnyville from creating a little holiday cheer in A Frozen Christmas Time in July. This is one of many animated films that showcase the spirit of friendship in Sunnyville, where a community of animals live harmoniously with Santa among a magical setting of giant lollipops and cupcakes scattered around their magical, sunny town. In this film Santa and Mittens decide that a celebration in July is a great idea, so they set out to ask their friends for vacation ideas!
Between Santa’s and Mittens’ visits with their friends, they break out into dance with the other characters as a variety of catchy motivational songs play, while all of Sunnyville engages in a dance party. These interludes are a large portion of the show, but Santa and the others get several chances throughout to communicate moral messages about doing good and loving others. In this endearing movie they highlight safety, learning, and friendship, and refer to why it’s important to take a break and celebrate hard work. Santa and Mittens get vacation ideas from their friends from traveling to Egypt to visiting the magical pearl at a waterpark. They teach about how cats were gods in Egypt in ancient times, and they define key words in this episode like “conundrum,” and “glacier.” Santa also talks about healthy eating and highlights fruits and vegetables as his favorite food.
While they visit the wise ice cream selling monkey Fritz, he suggests they go to visit the residents of Monstertown, but Santa and Muffins are concerned that they might be afraid. Fritz ensures them that Monstertown is not scary, and he teaches that it doesn’t matter what you look like but how you treat others that matters, and that Monstertown is a wonderful and welcoming place. Lolly the dragon suggests a trip to Antarctica, where they discuss global warming, and Santa says that humanity is full of hope, so is sure to make the right choices that will save the planet.
As usual, Santa focuses a lot on the different foods and treats he likes, so they decide to go to Happyville to make a stop at the bakery. Shelley the turtle helps them search on the internet for information with a warning to be careful online, and Santa and Mittens finally decide to go to the World’s Fair, but they discover it’s been canceled due to a virus, so they decide to follow the advice of people in charge and postpone their vacation to stay in Sunnyville with those they love.
A Frozen Christmas Time in July is about being safe in all kinds of situations and celebrating right where you are. It offers a wonderful opportunity to sing and dance with children while discussing the important messages about taking precautions and appreciating what you have.