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Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

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Director: Michael Lembeck

Cast: Tim Allen


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Tim Allen returns as a regular guy-turned-Jolly Old Elf in the second sequel to the 1994 hit The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), who doubles as Santa Claus, has settled into his home at the North Pole with his new wife, Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell), and is


Tim Allen returns as a regular guy-turned-Jolly Old Elf in the second sequel to the 1994 hit The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), who doubles as Santa Claus, has settled into his home at the North Pole with his new wife, Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell), and is preparing for another Christmas when he receives a visitor -- Jack Frost (Martin Short), the cold-weather sprite who has been sent to help out St. Nick by Mother Nature (Aisha Tyler) and Father Time (Peter Boyle) after making a scene at a meeting of the Council of Legendary Figures. However, while Jack is supposed to acting as an assistant to Santa, he has a habit of making things go haywire, and as it happens this is no mistake -- Jack is hoping that an exasperated Santa will quit his position so Jack can take over and finally have a holiday he can bend to his will. Meanwhile, Scott has invited Carol's parents, Bud (Alan Arkin) and Sylvia (Ann-Margaret), over for a long-promised visit, but since he needs to keep his other identity a secret, he and his elves are forced to go to great lengths to convince them that they're actually in Northern Canada. Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold, and Spencer Breslin also reprise their roles from the first two Santa Clause films.

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In The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, Tim Allen's surprisingly durable Christmas franchise loses some of its heart, but not much of its steam in another generally enjoyable outing. This time Allen's Kringle must overcome the ever-bombastic Martin Short, who joins the series' stable of legendary figures as Jack Frost, the cold-hearted weasel who wants to bend Christmas to his own perverse design. The former Scott Calvin is also about to become a father again, and needs to figure out if his in-laws, whom his wife is dying to see, can be convinced they're visiting a Canadian toy factory rather than the North Pole. What's a Santa Claus to do? The Santa Clause 3 fails to jettison any characters from the previous films, and, by adding yet more, inevitably leaves everyone without enough to do. Also noticeable: the children who played elves in the previous films are quickly growing up, such as Spencer Breslin, who's still good with the comic timing, but is no longer so elf-like as a teenager. Michael Lembeck, returning from the second installment, again directs at a frenetic pace in an attempt to jam everything in, and once Jack Frost turns the North Pole into a crass theme park, everything can get a little grotesque in a Back to the Future 2 sort of way. (Short also has something to do with that.) But, all in all, The Santa Clause 3 keeps the groove going from the previous films, due in large part to Allen's affability as a leading man. The 50-million-dollar drop-off in U.S. box office is consistent with this being the worst Santa Clause movie, but even as such, it's still better than your average Christmas fare.

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Walt Disney Video
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[Dolby Digital Stereo]

Special Features

Feature audio commentary with director Michael Lembeck; Blooper reel; Alternate opening; Creating movie magic; The new comedians: On the set with Tim & Marty; Jack Frost & Mrs. Claus a very different look; "Greatest Time of Year" - music video with Aly & AJ; Deck the Halls: Virtual Holiday Decoration: Tree triming, decorate your sticking, decorate your room, jukebox; Christmas carol-oke: Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Joy to the World, O' Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Deck the Halls, The First Noël; Movie Showcase - Instant access to select movie scenes that showcase the ultimate in high definition picture and sound; Seamless menus

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Allen Santa/Scott Calvin
Wendy Crewson Laura Miller
Ann-Margret Sylvia Newman
Eric Lloyd Charlie
Spencer Breslin Curtis
Liliana Mumy Lucy Miller
Alan Arkin Bud Newman
Abigail Breslin Trish
Art La Fleur Tooth Fairy
Kevin Pollak Cupid
Jay Thomas Easter Bunny
Michael Dorn Sandman
Sammi Hanratty Elf 1
Ridge Canipe Elf 2
Kate Emerick Elf 3
Madeline Carroll Cocoa
Charlie Stewart Doctor Hismus
Alec Plotkin Engineer Elf 1
Chantel Valdivieso Worker Elf 1
Zach Mills Carpenter Elf
Eric Plotkin Engineer Elf 2
Tom Hornof Security Guard
John Ross Bowie Rory
Tim Dougherty Masonry Elf
Darian Bryant Worker Elf 2
Cameron Monaghan Traffic Cop
Ryan Heinke Traffic Cop
Elizabeth Small Baker Elf
Andrew Vo Elf 4
Tony Bustamante Fireman Elf
Brittany Bhagia Elfette Dancer
Emily Blair Elfette Dancer
Alana Brady Elfette Dancer
Jordan Felix Elfette Dancer
Kristen Fukuto Elfette Dancer
Eshe Imani Gibbs Elfette Dancer
Alexis House-Gonsalves Elfette Dancer
Alexandria Kessinger Elfette Dancer
Caitlin Moravek Elfette Dancer
Kindra Reyling Elfette Dancer
Brittney Rippeon Elfette Dancer
Courtney Soren Elfette Dancer
George S. Clinton Conductor

Technical Credits
Michael Lembeck Director
Steven E. Anderson Makeup
Ernie Avila Set Decoration/Design
Greg Berry Art Director
Belinda Bryant Makeup
Dorinda Carey Makeup
George S. Clinton Score Composer
Joanna Colbert Casting
Kay Cole Choreography
Becky Cotton Makeup
Roxy D'Alonzo Makeup
Charlie Daboub Art Director
Gene Darnell Set Decoration/Design
Edward Decter Screenwriter
Suzanne Diaz-Westmore Makeup
Amalgamated Dynamics Makeup Special Effects
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Ingrid Ferrin Costumes/Costume Designer
David Finfer Editor
Bruce Franklin Asst. Director
Furious FX Animator
Ross Gallichotte Set Decoration/Design
Alec Gillis Special Effects
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Ruth Haney Makeup
Chris Hayes Camera Operator
Richard Holland Production Designer
Garrett Immel Makeup
Dean Jones Makeup
Michael Key Makeup
Adam Kobald Sound/Sound Designer
Adam Kopald Sound/Sound Designer
John Leimanis Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Liddiard Makeup
Felicia Linsky Makeup
Kevin Loo Set Decoration/Design
Veronica Lorenz Makeup
Roger Lundeen Set Decoration/Design
John Maldonado Makeup
Wayne Massarelli Makeup
Andrew Menzies Set Decoration/Design
James Miller Executive Producer
Michael Mosher Makeup
Christopher Nelson Makeup
Bobby Newmyer Producer
Lygia Orta Makeup
Frankie Pine Musical Direction/Supervision
Ron Pipes Makeup
Heather Plott Makeup
Joe Podnar Makeup
Steve Prouty Makeup
Gerald Quist Makeup
Brian Reilly Producer
Don Rutherford Makeup
Carol Schwartz Makeup
Robert L. Sephton Sound/Sound Designer
Jeffrey Silver Producer
Chris Squires Camera Operator
Rachel Stevenson-Katz Makeup
John J. Strauss Screenwriter
Sabine Roller Taylor Makeup
Mark Weingarten Sound Mixer
Jay Wejebe Makeup
William W. Wilson Executive Producer
Tom Woodruff Special Effects

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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I had previously only seen the 1st Santa Clause movie and about half of the 2nd one, but I finally bummed this movie off of my parents and gave it a watch, and it was rather entertaining. I thought they made the reindeer out to be a tad sillier on this one than on the 1st one, and there were only 2 of them. Other than that, I thought the acting and plot of this one were pretty decent, and there was some pretty funny stuff here and there in it. Martin Short did a great job as Jack Frost too I thought. He has always been very funny. Alan Arkin was also great in this as the step father. I have always liked him too. If you want a decently enjoyable & entertaining Christmas movie to watch some cold winter night, this one isn't half bad. I recommend it.
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