Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Santa Clause Review












The Santa Clause


Release Date: 24th November 1994 - Australia

 
Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Hollywood Pictures (in association with)
Outlaw Productions

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia


Genre: Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 97 minutes


Budget: $22,000,000

Box Office Gross: $189,833,357 
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
On Christmas Eve, divorced 
father Scott Calvin and his 
son Charlie discover the 
current Mr Claus has fallen 
off their roof. When Scott 
dons Santas suit, he 
unwittingly triggers The 
Santa Clause and they are 
immediately whisked away 
to the North Pole to take on 
the role of jolly old St Nick.


Cast
Tim Allen - Scott Calvin/Santa Claus
Judge Reinhold - Dr. Neil Miller
Wendy Crewson - Laura Calvin
Miller
Eric Lloyd - Charlie Calvin
David Krumholtz - Bernard the Elf
Larry Brandenburg - Det. Nunzio
Mary Daniels - Miss Gross
Paige Tamara - Judy the Elf
Peter Boyle - Mr. Whittle
Judith Scott - Susan Perry
Jayne Eastwood - Judy the Waitress
Melissa King - Sarah the Little Girl
Joshua Satok - Larry the Elf

Crew
Director - John Pasquin
Writers - Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick
Executive Producers - Richard Baker, Rick Messina and James Miller 
Producers - Brian Reilly and Jeffrey Silver
Co-Producers - Caroline Baron and William W. Wilson III
Production Designer - Carol Spier
Special Makeup and Animatronic Effects - Alec Gillis
Animatronic Effects - Tom Woodruff Jr.
Costume Designer - Carol Ramsey
Cinematography - Walt Lloyd
Special Effects Supervisor - Robert Harman
Visual Effects Supervisor/Director of Photography - John E. Sullivan
Film Editor - Larry Bock
Music - Michael Convertino


Review
THE SANTA CLAUSE was released in 1994 as a star vehicle for comedian Tim Allen after his previous role in the television sitcom HOME IMPROVEMENT. While this isn't the best holiday material of the season it has some merits, of launching Tim Allen's career in the movie business and plenty of fun to attract the family audience while lifting their spirits of Christmas. The movie's storyline is easy to follow and far too predictable. The shots of the North Pole scenery were a fascinating display and even the elves are remarkably portrayed by young children. I think Tim Allen has put the gift wrapping to himself as the average businessman/father who unwittingly becomes the mythological childhood figure of Kris Kringle a.k.a. Santa Claus.

The film is a Christmas comedy, fun-filled and joyous with cheer and laughter. The sequels are not as good as the original SANTA CLAUSE movie. I would recommend this movie for children and their families on every Christmas Eve before it has to be over in the morning. 

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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