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"The Night They Saved Christmas"
"Santa Claus" (1958 Film)
"The Santa Clause" (1994 Film)
"The Santa Clause 2" (2002 Film)
"Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" (2006 Film)
Saved Christmas (1984): This is a
made-for-television movie starring Jaclyn Smith. It was
done so well that it could have been released in theaters. Art
Carney (Norton from "The Honeymooners") plays Santa Claus and Paul
Williams (singer/songwriter and Little Enos from "Smokey and the
Bandit") plays his chief elf Ed who recruit Jaclyn Smith's character
and her family for help in saving the hidden North Pole workshop.
The story was so well thought-out that it almost gets you believing
that something like this could actually exist! There is quite a
plot to this movie and I enjoy the cast! In addition, June
Lockhart plays Mrs. Claus, which is great!
(1958): This film was made in Mexico and is quite
production values, writing, and acting. There are some things
about this film that may strike many non-Mexican viewers as bizarre,
but it does make the film worth watching:
Santa Claus vs. The Devil
Santa has white robotic reindeer that start like a wind-up toy.
Santa lives in a castle in outer space.
There are no elves that help Santa, only real children from all around
Clause (1994): Tim Allen is fantastic as Santa
Clause! What a unique concept. He becomes the new Santa
Claus by accidentally killing the previous Santa. Scott Calvin
magically grows fatter and jollier, finding happiness in life again as
Santa Claus. There are a lot of clever gag ideas throughout the
production. I love this film, but there are a few things that bug
me that I don't really like in Santa movies. Scott Calvin, i.e.
Santa Claus, is divorced and his young son doesn't really like
him. Charlie, his son, keeps getting upset with him and you're
thinking: "Man, all these people have got to give Santa a break!".
Clause 2 (2002): By leaps and bounds, even better
original! Scott Calvin has been Santa Claus for awhile.
He's starting to lose his magical powers, though, because he needs to
find a Mrs. Claus in order to still be Santa Claus. Of course
there is a deadline, as stipulated by the mysterious "Santa
Clause". Scott goes back to see his son, his ex-wife, and her new
husband while searching for a potential bride. Who he finds for a
bride surprises everyone, even Scott himself. What's really neat
is that you get to see other mythical childhood figures like the Tooth
Fairy, Easter Bunny, Sandman, Dan Cupid, etc. The Tooth Fairy
actually has a pretty substantial part and helps Santa out.
Meanwhile, up at the North Pole, a robotic Santa is taking over and
acting like slavemaster to the elves. Will Santa find a bride
before his magic is depleted and time runs out? In addition, will
he stop the evil Santa from ruining Christmas forever?
Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006): I really
enjoyed this movie. The Santa Clause films keep getting
better! Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Mrs. Claus in 2 and 3 is a
delight. Tim Allen has pretty much become America's most famous
onscreen Santa Claus, and for good reason: he's great at it!
Martin Short as Jack Frost is great as the latest addition to the
mythical characters line-up. Jack Frost is a likable
antagonist. I think the robot Santa from 2 was almost a bit too
mean. Jack's a bit lighter and funnier, and he mellows out at the
The sets are better than ever. This is the
North Pole we wish we could always see in Santa Claus films. A
lot of attention to detail there...a lot of money, too.
Ann-Margret and Alan Arkin as Scott Calvin's (Santa)
in-laws are great new additions. All this and Santa and Mrs.
Claus have a new baby: Buddy Claus!
All in all, this is a wonderful family film.
G-rated, and entirely appropriate, yet fully entertaining.