The Santa Clause (film series)

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The Santa Clause
Directed by John Pasquin (1)
Michael Lembeck (2 & 3)
Produced by Robert F. Newmyer
Brian Reilly
Jeffrey Silver
Starring Tim Allen
Eric Lloyd
Judge Reinhold
Wendy Crewson
David Krumholtz
Elizabeth Mitchell
(More)
Music by Michael Convertino (1)
George S. Clinton (2 & 3)
Production
company
Walt Disney Pictures
Outlaw Productions
Hollywood Pictures (1)
Boxing Cat Films (2-3)
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
1: November 11, 1994 (1994-11-11)
2: November 1, 2002
3: November 3, 2006
Running time
294+ minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Santa Clause is a series of comedy films starring Tim Allen. The film series began with The Santa Clause (1994). It was followed by The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006). The series experienced a diminishing critical reception with each subsequent film.

Films[edit]

The Santa Clause (1994)[edit]

Divorced dad Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has custody of his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, 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 several months 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.

The Santa Clause 2 (2002)[edit]

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been in the role of Santa for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best one ever. But the world of the "Merry Old Soul" turns upside down when he's dealt a double whammy of news: Not only has his son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd), landed on this year's naughty list, but Scott discovers that he must marry by Christmas Eve -- just a month away! -- or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)[edit]

Christmas cheer turns into holiday chaos when Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), aka Santa, invites his in-laws (Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin) for a visit and must, simultaneously, contend with Jack Frost's (Martin Short) scheme to take over the North Pole. Scott, his family and Head Elf Curtis (Spencer Breslin) must join forces to foil the nefarious plot.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
The Santa Clause 75% (52 reviews)[1] 57 (13 reviews)[2]
The Santa Clause 2 55% (113 reviews)[3] 48 (26 reviews)[4]
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 15% (65 reviews)[5] 32 (17 reviews)[6]

Scott Foundas of Variety called the 1994 film was "a full-on charmer pic". Foundas said the 2002 follow-up had too many writers and executives involved during the long development process, which he said led to "systematically pulverizing most of the original's simple delights". The critic said, "The Santa Clause 2 is a movie conscious, at every waking moment, of trying to out-do its predecessor."[7] Variety's Justin Chang said The Santa Clause 3 was "a much cleaner, more streamlined ride than its overstuffed predecessor". Chang said, "Michael Lembeck directs the action with a surer touch and more consistent tone than he brought to Santa Clause 2, and effortlessly pulls off the pic's sentimental, life-affirming moments without tugging too hard."[8]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Revenue Budget Ref.
U.S. and Canada Other territories Worldwide
The Santa Clause November 11, 1994 (1994-11-11) $144,833,357 $44,966,643 $189,800,000 $22,000,000 [9]
The Santa Clause 2 November 1, 2002 (2002-11-01) $139,225,854 $33,600,000 $172,825,854 $65,000,000 [10]
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause November 3, 2006 (2006-11-03) $84,500,122 $23,000,000 $107,500,122 $12,000,000 [11]
Total $368,559,333 $101,566,643 $470,125,976 $99,000,000 [12]

The Santa Clause 2 on its opening weekend grossed $10 million more than its predecessor. The opening weekend was a personal best to date for Tim Allen. The Hollywood Reporter said its performance "exceeded expectations".[13] The Santa Clause's strongest market outside the United States was Germany, and The Santa Clause 2 had in Germany an opening weekend of $892,000, which was 50% larger than the opening weekend of the original film.[14]

In the United States, The Santa Clause 3 had an opening weekend of $19.5 million, which was less than the $29 million grossed by The Santa Clause 2. Box Office Mojo reported, "More often than not, second sequels in the family genre make significantly less than their predecessors."[15] After 24 days in theaters, the third film had grossed $67.1 million, which Box Office Mojo said was "lagging behind its predecessors by a wide margin".[16]

In the United Kingdom, The Santa Clause 3 had an opening weekend of $2.7 million at 350 locations, which was 40% better than the opening weekend of The Santa Clause 2.[17] In Mexico, The Santa Clause 3 had an opening weekend of $1.4 million at 380 locations, which was three times better than The Santa Clause 2's opening weekend.[18]

Cast[edit]

Character Films
The Santa Clause
(1994)
The Santa Clause 2
(2002)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(2006)
Santa Claus / Scott Calvin Tim Allen
Charles "Charlie" Calvin Eric Lloyd
Neal Miller Judge Reinhold
Laura Miller Wendy Crewson
Bernard the Elf David Krumholtz
Mrs. Claus / Carol Newman/Calvin Elizabeth Mitchell
Lucille "Lucy" Miller Liliana Mumy
Curtis the Elf Spencer Breslin
Mr. Whittle / Father Time Peter Boyle
Mother Nature Aisha Tyler
Easter Bunny Jay Thomas
Cupid Kevin Pollak
Tooth Fairy Art LaFleur
Sandman Michael Dorn
Jack Frost Martin Short
Bud Newman Alan Arkin
Sylvia Newman Ann-Margret
Note: A gray cell indicates character did not appear in that film.

Crew[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer Composer Cinematography Editor
1994 The Santa Clause John Pasquin Robert Newmyer, Brian Reilly, Jeffrey Silver Leo Benvenuti & Steve Rudnick, Karey Kirkpatrick Michael Convertino Walt Lloyd Larry Bock
2002 The Santa Clause 2 Michael Lembeck Don Rhymer, Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, Ed Decter & John J. Strauss George S. Clinton Adam Greenberg David Finfer, Edward A. Warschilka
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Ed Decter & John J. Strauss Robbie Greenberg David Finfer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Santa Clause". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Santa Clause". Metacritic. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Santa Clause 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Santa Clause 2". Metacritic. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause". Metacritic. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ Foundas, Scott (November 1, 2002). "The Santa Clause 2". Variety. 
  8. ^ Chang, Justin (November 3, 2006). "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause". Variety. 
  9. ^ "The Santa Clause (1994)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Santa Clause 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Santa Clause Movies". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ Fuson, Brian (November 4, 2002). "'Santa' delivers early b.o. gift". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  14. ^ Groves, Don (November 26, 2002). "World might be enough for Bond franchise". Variety. 
  15. ^ Gray, Brandon (November 6, 2006). "'Borat' Bombards the Top Spot". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ Gray, Brandon (November 27, 2006). "'Happy Feet,' 'Casino Royale' Top Thanksgiving". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (November 27, 2006). "007 goes for the global grab". Variety. 
  18. ^ McNary, Dave (December 5, 2006). "Bond holds cards o'seas". Variety.