The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is the first installment in The Santa Clause trilogy
Businessman and divorced dad, Scott Calvin has custody of his son, Charlie on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills Santa Claus, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa's place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he's dreaming, but over the next year, he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn't a dream after all - and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.
Why It Rocks
- Clever and creative ideas about Santa Claus being a job title instead of a person.
- The idea of a scroogy businessman who magically turns into Santa Claus is pretty interesting.
- Tim Allen was great as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
- The North Pole looks beautiful.
- Well-done character development. Scott starts off as a jerk, but after he becomes Santa, he turns kind and caring.
- Plenty of heartwarming moments. Such as when Scott, a divorced dad, tries to reconnect with his son, Charlie.
- It has a good mix of adult humor and kid-friendly humor.
- Clever idea for having a cast of kids playing the elves instead of little people.
- Scott Calvin accidentally killing the original Santa Claus is pretty dark, especially for a kids movie.
- The two sequels from 2002 and 2006 were very weak, because they were both too kiddy.
- How is it that no adults believe in Santa... yet every Christmas, they are sure to find gifts that they did not put under the tree? If Santa is bringing the kids what they want, then what are the parents even buying and why aren't they noticing added gifts? That's just the biggest headscratcher of the movie.
- Bill Murray, Armand Assante, Rowan Atkinson, Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Steve Guttenberg, Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Swayze, and Robin Williams were all considered for the role of Scott.