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December 10th - The Santa Clause

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Year : 1994

Director: John Pasquin

Starring: Tim Allen, Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold.

The Santa Clause

Tim Allen finds himself surrounded by snow (a clear case of art imitating life).

Scott Calvin, a divorcee, is trying to rebuild his relationship with his 6 year old son Charlie. On Christmas Eve Scott is reading The Night Before Christmas to Charlie when they hear someone on the roof. When they go to investigate they spot a trespasser on the roof, and startled by Scott hollering, the trespasser falls off the roof to the ground below. The trespasser is dressed as Santa and soon slips into unconsciousness and then disappears. On the roof they find a sleigh with reindeer, a Santa costume and some instructions for such circumstances. Scott reluctantly puts on the suit to humour Charlie, and they are transported around the town delivering the presents from the sleigh. They are then whisked off to the North Pole where Scott is advised by the head elf that having donned the Santa suit he must now assume the role of Santa, and further, that he has 11 months to prepare for his role and to sort out his affairs of his previous life. When Scott wakes up he assumes that he has must have been dreaming but when he starts gaining weight rapidly, starts to grow a bushy white beard that cant be shaved off and hair his begins to turn white, he begins to wonder whether he is actually becoming Santa Claus.

The Santa Clause is definitely one of the better modern day Disney movies. It has a charming, original and pretty amusing storyline, which makes it extremely watchable. Being Disney there ia an attempt at instilling a few messages about values into the film (family values and belief / faith), but its a Christmas film after all so it doesn't tarnish the flavour of the piece overly. The Santa Clause is definitely in the tradition of the classic Christmas movie (like Miracle on 34th Street), where its main strengths are the watchability and the effective maintaining of the festive atmosphere throughout the movie. It looks like in time The Santa Clause will take its place alongside the classics in the affection of the viewing public.

The Santa Clause placed at December 10th on our Films guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy (UK edition).

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