Let’s be honest — 1994’s The Santa Clause is a movie that’s, at best, aggressively average. It’s a decent yet typical family film of the 1990s. Nothing to write home about. It’s just there. And to prove it, it doesn’t turn up on many people’s lists of All Time Top Ten Favorite Christmas Movies. I see Jingle All The Way listed more than Santa Clause and THAT movie is rather divisive.
Having said this, even with its mediocrity, The Santa Clause has one thing going for it that no other Christmas movie has. IT….JUST…..WON’T….END.
I had no desire to see Tim Allen in the red suit again, no less watch him attempt to convince a woman to marry him within a week, but The Santa Clause 2 happened anyway and it wasn’t long before a third movie appeared in 2006. Traditionally, the third movie puts an end to things, but not this C+ level fantasy. He’s back AGAIN. Allen is reprising Santa one more time, in the form of a Disney+ miniseries, The Santa Clauses, hitting this November.
The Santa Clause is one of those worlds where Santa DOESN’T live forever. In fact, the whole North Pole operation in these films is rather rigid and cold when you think about it, full of absolute legalese (and naturally so, as a “clause” is a term for a contract technicality that sets conditions for certain events). Santa isn’t immortal, and barely magic (any powers he has won’t save him from falling off a ladder and dying, a very human way to go). If Scott Calvin puts on the suit, he’s the new Santa, period, and has no choice — he can try to shave off the beard but it’ll just poof right back. He HAS to find a Mrs. by a certain date. HAS to do things a specific way, or else.
So if the story was going to continue for this long, it was inevitable we’d get to the point where Santa has to face his own mortality. The good news is that Scott doesn’t HAVE to die to pass the suit on. The bad news is, the way these stories tend to go, his first choice probably won’t be the correct one. And he’s picking Peyton Manning (we’re serious), so something will definitely go wrong.
Disney+ will premiere the first two episodes of The Santa Clauses November 16. Will Christmas be saved for good? Or will we have to do this a fifth time?