The Santa Clause

Walt Disney Pictures Released 1994




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Movie Summary

John Pasquin

The Santa Clause is a comedy that follows Scott Calvin, a toy company advertising executive and divorced father, who is having difficulting connecting with his son, Charlie. Together on Christmas eve, the two hear a mysterious clattering on the roof. When they go outside to investigate, Scott surprises Santa Claus who falls off the roof and vaporizes, leaving only the suit behind. In the pocket of the suit, Scott finds a card instructing him to put on the suit and follow the reindeers' lead. Hessistantly, Scott dons the suit and boards the sleigh with Charlie. The two complete Santa's rounds and are then taken to the North Pole. At the North Pole, Scott and Charlie meet head Elf, Bernard, who advises them on the details of the "Santa Claus," the agreement that made Scott Santa for life when he put on the suit. Despite his objections, Scott begins to embody Santa as he gains weight, grows a beard and have a powerful craving for milk and cookies. Pursued by the authorities for child abduction, Scott must now convince his friends and family that he actually is Santa Claus.


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Variety Leonard Klady

    This is a hip, likable spin on the seasonal icon told with a deft mixture of comedy and sentimentality.

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Santa Clause (so named after the clause on Santa's calling card that requires Scott to take over the job) is often a clever and amusing movie, and there's a lot of fresh invent...

  • 50

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Watch for the ''Mrs. Doubtfire'' syndrome: In Santa drag and padded for laughs, Scott demonstrates how to be a more sensitive, more funsy parent than boring old Mom.

Tim Allen

Tim Allen

Scott Calvin / Santa Claus

Judge Reinhold

Judge Reinhold

Dr. Neil Miller

Wendy Crewson

Wendy Crewson

Laura Calvin Miller

Eric Lloyd

Eric Lloyd

Charlie Calvin

David Krumholtz

David Krumholtz

Bernard the Elf

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    • Production budget -  $22,000,000
      Domestic gross - $144,833,357 (4th)
      Worldwide gross - $189,833,357 (14th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $277,193,028
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $363,317,430

    • Other production companies:
      Hollywood Pictures
      Outlaw Productions
      Buena Vista Pictures (US distributor)

    • Filming locations:
      Oakville, Ontario, Canada
      Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    • Taglines:
      1. What if your dad was Santa Claus?
      2. This Christmas, the snow hits the fan.
      3. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
      4. You've Never Seen Santa Quite Like This Before.
      5. Scott Calvin must become Santa. No if or ands...Just one big butt.

    • Music:
      Oh Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
      Arranged by John Neufeld
      Carol Of The Bells
      Written by Peter Wilhousky
      Performed by The United States Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants
      White Christmas
      Written by Irving Berlin
      Performed by The Drifters
      Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
      Written by J. Fred Coots And Haven Gillespie
      Performed by The Chipmunks
      Jeopardy Theme
      Written by Merv Griffin
      Jingle Bell Ride
      Written and Performed by Johnny Hawksworth
      Gimme All Your Lovin
      Written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard
      Performed by ZZ Top
      Jingle Bells
      Arranged by John Neufeld
      Christmas Will Return
      Written by Jimmy Webb
      Performed by Brenda Russell and Howard Hewett
      Produced by Dennis Lambert
      The Bells of Christmas
      Written and Performed by Loreena McKennitt


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Family Comedies, Family Dramas, father and son, parent and child, characters with double lives