Santa Clause

Santa Clause

4.3 15
Director: Bill Elvin, John Pasquin

Cast: Bill Elvin, John Pasquin, Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold

     
 

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Television sitcom star Tim Allen made his big screen debut with this light, family-friendly holiday comedy. Allen stars as Scott Calvin, the divorced dad of Charlie (Eric Lloyd). Scott is distressed to learn that his ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson) and Charlie's psychiatrist stepfatherSee more details below

Overview

Television sitcom star Tim Allen made his big screen debut with this light, family-friendly holiday comedy. Allen stars as Scott Calvin, the divorced dad of Charlie (Eric Lloyd). Scott is distressed to learn that his ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson) and Charlie's psychiatrist stepfather Neal (Judge Reinhold) have informed his son that there is no Santa Claus. While a sullen Charlie visits his dad on Christmas Eve, a noise on the roof brings them outside, where Scott startles the intruder, who tumbles from the roof. It turns out that there is a Santa after all, and Scott has just accidentally killed him. Because of a legal technicality known as "the Santa clause," Scott inherits the jolly old elf's job. As the next year passes, Scott rapidly gains weight, grows a white beard and meets the elf Bernard (David Krumholtz) -- who is the one who really runs the North Pole -- while Charlie regains his Christmas spirit. However, Neal becomes concerned about Scott's sudden change in appearance and insistence that he's Santa, and he forces him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Director John Pasquin previously directed Allen in the TV series Home Improvement and would team with him again for Jungle 2 Jungle (1997).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Many critics said, "Bah, humbug" to this 1994 live-action fantasy, but it made believers out of millions of enchanted viewers. Tim Allen, the Golden Globe-winning star of Home Improvement, launched his film career with this heartwarming fantasy. Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a divorced toy company executive who rediscovers his Christmas spirit when he reluctantly agrees to take over as Santa when the Big Guy falls from his roof. Viewing Calvin's considerable weight gain and new flowing white beard as mere peculiarities, his ex-wife and her new husband (a psychiatrist) think he is delusional and move to end his custody of his adoring young son. In addition, Calvin has to deal with the officious top elf, Bernard, portrayed by David Krumholtz with scene-stealing glee. The fantastic special effects bring to life a bustling North Pole and reveal how Santa magically goes about his business. While The Santa Clause has long been a perennial bestseller on VHS, the DVD edition is a definite home (video) improvement. Among the fun supplemental features is the game "Santa's Helper," in which players guide Santa's sleigh. In another delicious segment, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck cooks up "Santa Snacks."
All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
While the premise about a man accidentally killing Kris Kringle suggests a dark comedy, at its core The Santa Clause is a mostly straightforward holiday comedy. Choosing a role that virtually plays itself, the film was a smart choice for Tim Allen, making his transition from the small screen to the big one. Playing Scott Calvin never demands Allen to overreach, leaving the audience more than satisfied with his performance. But the film was never meant as a showcase for anyone's acting chops, and it's the clever and heartwarming script that makes it an overall winner. Beyond the concept, there are a handful of genuinely funny moments as Calvin struggles with the fact that, like it or not, he's the new Santa. Likewise, the family story line is touching without being too sappy. While it might have been interesting to see The Santa Clause in the hands of a cast and crew that could give it an edge and some bite, the end product here is a more than adequate offering for the whole family.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0786936821932
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1AB
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
35,978

Special Features

"So You Wanna Be An Elf?" featurette Making Santa snacks with Wolfgang "The Night Before Christmas" short

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Allen Scott Calvin
Judge Reinhold Dr.Neal Miller
Wendy Crewson Laura Calvin
Eric Lloyd Charlie Calvin
David Krumholtz Bernard
Peter Boyle Mr. Whittle
Larry Brandenburg Det. Nunzio
Mary Gross Ms. Daniels
Paige Tamada Judy
Judith Scott Susan
Jayne Eastwood Waitress
Zachary McLemore Bobby
Joyce Guy Principal Compton
Jesse Collins Ad Executive
Steve Vinovich Dr. Novos
Tabitha Lupien Ballet Girl
Lachlan Murdoch Fax Kid
Dennis O'Connor Mailman
Scott Wickware Malone
Gene Mack Newman
Jack Newman Santa In Street
Michael Caruana Officer #1
Brian Reilly Tinsel Man
Gordon Masten Desk Sergeant
Philip Williams Sharpshooter
Chris Benson Fireman
John Pasquin Santa #6
Lawrence Nakamura Japanese Businessman
Frank Welker Reindeers
Kerrigan Maham Reindeer
Bob Dermer Puppet Punch
Ron Hartmann Judge

Technical Credits
Bill Elvin Director
John Pasquin Director
Richard Baker Executive Producer
Caroline Baron Co-producer
Leo Benvenuti Screenwriter
Larry Bock Editor
Michael Convertino Score Composer
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Elinor Rose Galbraith Set Decoration/Design
Christy Garland Consultant/advisor
Alec Gillis Makeup Special Effects
Inge Klaudi Makeup
Walt Lloyd Cinematographer
James McAteer Art Director
Rick Messina Executive Producer
James Miller Executive Producer
Robert Newmyer Producer
Carol Ramsey Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Reilly Producer
Renee Rousselot Casting
Steve Rudnick Screenwriter
Douglas Ryan Camera Operator
Jeffrey Silver Producer
Carol Spier Production Designer
John E. Sullivan Special Effects
William W. Wilson Co-producer
Tom Woodruff Makeup Special Effects

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