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The Santa Clause
Directed by John Pasquin
Produced by Robert F. Newmyer
Brian Reilly
Jeffrey Silver
Written by Leo Benvenuti
Steve Rudnick
Starring
Music by Michael Convertino
Cinematography Walt Lloyd
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Distributor Walt Disney Pictures
Hollywood Pictures
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The Santa Clause is a 1994 American film directed by John Pasquin, distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and by Hollywood Pictures and starring Tim Allen. In the film, Allen plays Scott Calvin, an ordinary man, who accidentally kills Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When he and his young son finish Santa's trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole, where Scott learns he must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is indeed, Father Christmas.

Plot

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is a divorced father and ad executive with a young son, Charlie. On Christmas Eve, Charlie comes over to spend the night with Scott before going back to his mother's for Christmas Day. That night, they are awakened by a clatter on the roof. Going outside to investigate, Scott can see someone on the roof. He yells at the trespasser, which causes the man to lose his balance and fall to his death. The trespasser appears to be Santa Claus.

He magically disappears, but his suit remains. They find a letter in a pocket stating that if something should happen to him, someone should put on the suit, and the reindeer will know what to do. They find a sleigh and eight reindeer perched atop the house. Scott puts on the Santa suit to please Charlie, and begins delivering toys from rooftop to rooftop.

Their final stop is the North Pole. The head Elf, Bernard (David Krumholtz), shows him a tiny inscription on the card which says that, upon the death of the previous occupant, whoever wears the suit assumes the identity of Santa Claus and all the responsibilities that go with it. This is the "Santa Clause," as stated by Bernard: "You put on the suit, you're the big guy." He also gives Charlie a snow globe. Then, he meets an elf named Judy who tells Scott that he only has eleven months, until the next Thanksgiving to get his affairs in order before becoming Santa Claus full-time, which he tries to refuse. Charlie and he spend the night at the factory. The next morning they awake back in Scott's home, where the only indication of their previous night's adventure is Scott's new silk pajamas with "SC" (Santa Claus or Scott Calvin) monogrammed on them. Scott dismisses it all as a dream.

Soon, however, Scott starts gaining weight and his boss Mr. Whittle (Peter Boyle) likens him to the Pillsbury Doughboy. He develops a ravenous taste for Christmas treats, like Christmas cookies and hot cocoa. He grows a long gray beard, and shaving it off has no effect; it regrows instantly. His hair whitens, despite all attempts to dye it. He somehow knows who has been "naughty" and "nice". Children (who somehow know he's Santa despite Scott not dressing the part) approach him with gift requests. Scott's rapid transformation worries his ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson) and her new husband, psychiatrist Dr. Neil Miller (Judge Reinhold), who try to terminate his visitation rights to Charlie. They question Scott's mental stability, and believe that Scott's changes are attempts at getting his son to like him.

Eventually, Scott's visitation rights to Charlie are taken away. Disheartened, Scott begins to lose some of his certainty about his job as Santa. While visiting Charlie on Thanksgiving, Charlie's insistence that Scott is Santa re-awakens Scott's magic and he, with Bernard's help, whisks Charlie away to the North Pole. Laura and Neil, who think Scott has kidnapped Charlie against his will, call the police, who make a massive investigation.

Meanwhile, at the North Pole, Charlie helps Scott and the elves perfect a new sled and communication devices. He calls occasionally, but this only reinforces Laura and Neil's belief that he is being held against his will. Eventually, Scott, as Santa Claus, goes on with his Christmas Eve trip, but is arrested while delivering presents to his son's home, and is accused of kidnapping Charlie. A team of rescue-elves, the ELFS, free Scott from jail by tying up the front desk guard and using tinsel to break through the bars (which Scott is very impressed by), and fly Scott and Charlie home to his mother and stepfather, to whom Scott/Santa gives the presents they always wanted since childhood but never got: Laura gets a vintage Mystery Date game and Neil gets an Oscar Mayer "Wienie Whistle". (It was because of them not getting these presents that they became convinced Santa didn't exist.)

Laura, realizing finally that Scott really is the new Santa, tosses the custody papers into the fireplace and welcomes Scott to come see Charlie any time he wants. Bernard tells Charlie that the snow globe is magic. Anytime he wants his father to visit, all he has to do is shake it. After ten minutes, he shakes it and Scott comes back, says he was off to Cleveland, and takes Charlie with him.

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Reception

Commercial

The Santa Clause grossed over USD $144 million in the United States alone and over $189 million worldwide.

Critical reception

The film was generally well received by critics, and maintains a "Certified Fresh" rating of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, with 32 positive reviews from 40 counted and an average rating of 6.2/10. The consensus from the site is "The Santa Clause is utterly undemanding, but it's firmly rooted in the sort of good old-fashioned holiday spirit missing from too many modern yuletide films."

Soundtrack

The film's soundtrack was released on November 11, 1994 in the United States.

  1. Come Together
  2. Immgrint Song
  3. All I Want for Christmas is You
  4. Let's Go
  5. Believing Is Seeing
  6. Sash Completes the Ensemble
  7. Flight
  8. Weightless
  9. Away to the Window
  10. Bells of Christmas
  11. Listen
  12. Goodnight, Goodnight...Don't Forget the Fire Extinguisher
  13. Visitation - The Drifters
  14. Rose Suchak Ladder
  15. Give Me All Your Loving - ZZ Top
  16. List - Loreena McKennitt
  17. Elves with Attitude
  18. Someone in Wrapping
  19. Near Capture
  20. Comfort and Joy
  21. Not Over Any Oceans
  22. Christmas Will Return

DVD and VHS

This film has been released on VHS in 1995 and standard DVD in 2002. The Santa Clause along with 2, and 3 were released in a 3-Movie DVD collection.

Sequels

The popularity of the film spawned two related sequels, The Santa Clause 2 in 2002 and Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause in 2006. Much of the character cast remains the same for each film, but with some additions.

In The Santa Clause 2, Scott as Santa has been declared to be the best Claus ever, but with Charlie on the naughty list and the work becoming more hectic, he learns he must find a suitable wife or give up his duties as Santa.

In The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, the North Pole and its holiday operation is threatened by the villainous Jack Frost (Martin Short), who plans to take over Christmas.

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Media: The Santa Clause | The Santa Clause 2 | The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Characters: Scott Calvin/Santa Claus | Charlie Calvin | Neil Miller | Laura Miller | Bernard | Det. Nunzio | Miss Daniels | Judy | Mr. Whittle | Carol Newman-Calvin/Mrs. Claus | Lucy Miller | Curtis | Abby | Mother Nature | Father Time | Easter Bunny | Cupid | Tooth Fairy | Sandman | Tracy | Toy Santa | Toy Soldiers | Bud Newman | Sylvia Newman | Dr. Hismus | Trish | Glenda | Buddy Claus

Locations: Illinois | North Pole

Objects: Total Tank

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