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The Santa Clause
What if your dad was Santa Claus?
Scott Calvin is an ordinary man, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve and is knocked unconscious. 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.
"My weenie whistle!"
Man, do I ever hate Neil. Everything about him.
I mean, he stopped believing in Santa when he was three!
This was such a fun blast from the past, a movie that I watched countless times as a kid, no matter what time of year. I still had some of the lines memorized. From fantastic work (and now noticed all the one-liners) from Tim Allen, Bernard (David Krumholtz), Judy (Paige Tamada), the hot mom Laura (Wendy Crewson), and the great little kid Charlie (Eric Lloyd) who almost gets too whiny at times but overall pretty great. Did anyone else want to go into those other rooms at the North Pole like I did? The Ballroom?! The Candy Room!? C'mon! Also, the effects were very much dated but didn't take away from the fun & nostalgia.
"The Rose Suchak Ladder Company - just like the poem!"
... that's awesome.
Though it is not the greatest of holiday films, John Pasquin's "The Santa Clause" proves that a charismatic lead actor, some genuine warmth, and a dose of Christmas cheer can go a long way. A surprise hit in 1994, the Disney production has earned a place in the pantheon of favorite Christmas films and is a tried and true family pleaser.
When Tim Allen's Scott Calvin and his son witness the untimely demise of Santa Clause, Calvin is pressed into service to become the next Santa. This admittedly dark sounding premise gives way to a light and humorous story that deftly targets the family audience. The sweetness is rarely sacharine, and the film has heart enough to fill a sleigh.…
Tim Allen, the actor who plays Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story, now plays a man who is turning into Santa Claus. Tim Allen really filled out for the role, growing about five feet from when he played Buzz Lightyear.
Overall the movie seems quite good although every elf in that movie was excessively annoying. Do I reccomend it? If you like a giant Buzz then you should find this movie a blast!
I know it's August...
Nostalgic for me
Film #1 for the Christmas Marathon
The Santa Clause is undeniably very predictable fluff, and pretty routine, but it's also undeniably charming, consistently funny, and a lot of fun. Tim Allen is perfect for this lead role, and makes for a immensely likeable and charismatic lead. He is the driving force of the movie, and the relationship between him and his son make for some touching moments. Would've liked to have seen more of the north pool, but I love the scenes we got.
Enjoyable silliness, a million miles better than any of the sequels.
A note on the viewing: Viewed in High Definition from Disney's 2K scan of the 1994 35mm shot film. It looks very good in HD, though a little soft at times. Grain has clearly been managed but thankfully not obliterated.
Harmless Christmas comedy that marks "Home Improvement"'s Tim Allen's film debut, in which he is okay. Occasionally amusing family friendly fare, but I seem to recall this being funnier back in the 90s.
Favorite Christmas movie.
Like Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas is just not Christmas without a viewing of The Santa Clause.
Normally, I am not a big Tim Allen fan. In fact, other than this one and the sequel, I do not recall seeing any of his movies, having gotten more than enough on the few Home Improvement episodes I saw to know I didn't really like him. But, he really does a bang up job here and this is a favorite film.
Judge Reinhold as Dr. Miller brings the same cutting edge humor that he had with Eddie Murphy in the Beverly Hills Cop movies. he is a riot as a psychologist.
And, of course, there's Bernard (David Krumholtz), the head elf, that really makes a great comic pair with Allen.
And, damn it, Judy (Paige Tamada) was just so cute!
Tim Allen loves cocaine.
An enjoyable Christmas flick with loads of problems but I will admit I watch it each Christmas.
A Christmas movie in September? Oh yes.
One of my favorite Christmas movies and Tim Allen is just a blast in this role. His sarcastic remarks and overall comedic approach has me laughing all the way through.
This is a movie that I revisit every year and I never bore of it.
I know it's August...
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