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TheSantaClause Poster

The teaser poster.

Santa clause

The poster for the film's theatrical release.

In putting on the suit and entering the sleigh, the wearer waives any and all rights to any previous identity, real or implied, and fully accepts the duties and responsibilities of Santa Claus in perpetuity until such time that wearer becomes unable to do so by either accident or design.

— The titular clause

The Santa Clause is a 1994 Christmas comedy movie starring Tim Allen, presented by Walt Disney Pictures and Hollywood Pictures, and produced by Outlaw Productions. It was notably the first movie collaboration between Allen and director Josh Pasquin, who had previously worked together on the TV series Home Improvement. It grossed over $144 million in the United States and over $189 million worldwide.

The movie was followed by two sequels - The Santa Clause 2 in 2002, and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause in 2006. A mini-series following the events of the films, titled The Santa Clauses, premiered on Disney+ in 2022.


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Scott Calvin is a divorced father and advertising executive with a young son, Charlie. On Christmas Eve, Charlie comes over to spend the night with him before going back to his mother and stepfather's house for Christmas Day. Scott's ex-wife, Laura, and her new psychiatrist husband, Dr. Neil Miller, both stopped believing in Santa Claus at a young age, and feel that Charlie should do so as well, but Scott, despite also not believing himself, wants Charlie to maintain his belief in Santa. Scott prepares Christmas dinner, but the turkey gets burned, so he takes Charlie to Denny's for Christmas dinner and later reads him The Night Before Christmas.

Shortly after, they are suddenly awakened by a clatter on the roof. Going outside to investigate, Scott sees someone up on his roof. He yells at the trespasser, which causes him to lose his balance and fall off. He appears to be Santa Claus. The man magically disappears, but his suit remains. They find a business card in a pocket stating that if something should happen to him, someone should put on the suit, and the reindeer will know what to do. They find his sleigh and eight reindeer perched on the roof. Scott puts the suit on to please Charlie, and begins delivering toys from house to house, with the chimneys magically adjusting to allow him in to make the deliveries, no matter what size they are.

Their final stop is the North Pole. Bernard the Head Elf shows him a tiny inscription on the card which says that, upon the death of the previous occupant, whoever wears the suit assumes the identity of Santa Claus and all the responsibilities and duties that go with it. This is the "Santa Clause", as stated by him: "You put on the suit, you're the big guy." He also gives Charlie a snow globe. Then he tells him that he only has eleven months, until Thanksgiving, to get his affairs in order before becoming Santa Claus full time, which he tries to refuse. He and Charlie spend the night at the factory. The next morning, they awaken back at his house, where the only indication of their previous night's adventure is his new silk pajamas with the initials "SC" monogrammed on them. He dismisses it all as a dream.

Soon, however, Scott starts gaining weight and his boss, Mr. Whittle, likens him to the Pillsbury Dough Boy and suggests to him that he should go see a doctor. He develops a ravenous taste for Christmas treats, like cookies and hot cocoa. He grows a long white beard, and shaving it off has no effect, as it regrows instantly. His hair also whitens, and despite all attempts to dye it, it simply changes back. He somehow knows who has been "naughty" and "nice". Children (who somehow know he is Santa despite him not dressing the same) approach him with gift requests. Scott's rapid transformation worries Laura and Neil, who try to terminate his visitation rights to Charlie. They question his mental stability, and believe that his changes are attempts at getting Charlie to like him.

Eventually, Scott's visitation rights to Charlie are suspended by court order. Disheartened, he begins to lose some of his certainty about his job as Santa. While visiting Charlie on Thanksgiving, whose insistence that he is Santa reawakens his magic, despite Neil and Laura trying to convince him otherwise, he, with Bernard's help, whisks him away to the North Pole. Laura and Neil, who think he has kidnapped him against his will, call the police, who make a massive investigation to find him and, if needed, arrest Scott as well.

Meanwhile, at the North Pole, Charlie helps Scott and the elves perfect a new sleigh and communication devices. He calls occasionally, but this only reinforces Laura and Neil's belief that he is being held against his will, despite his happy tone of voice. Eventually, Scott, as Santa Claus, goes on with his Christmas Eve trip, but is arrested while delivering presents to Laura and Neil's house, and is accused of kidnapping Charlie, being taken away to jail despite the pleas of kids to have him released. Lack of contact with him reaches the North Pole after his arrest. A team of rescue elves, the E.L.F.S., dispatched by Bernard, free him from jail by tying up the front desk guard. They then fly him and Charlie home to Laura and Neil, to whom he gives the presents they always wanted since childhood, but never got: Laura gets a Mystery Date game, and Neil gets an Oscar Mayer "Wienie Whistle". (It was because of not getting these that they became convinced Santa didn't exist.)

Laura, finally realizing that Scott really is the new Santa, tosses the custody papers into the fireplace and welcomes him to come and see Charlie any time that he wants. Bernard tells Charlie that the snow globe is magic, and that anytime he wants Scott to visit, all he has to do is shake it. After ten minutes, he does so, and Scott comes back, saying that he was on his way to Cleveland, and takes Charlie with him.


The Santa Clause soundtrack

The cover to the original motion picture soundtrack.

Title Performed by
"O Christmas Tree" ("O Tannenbaum")
"Carol of the Bells"
"White Christmas" The Drifters
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Alvin & the Chipmunks
"Think!" (Theme from Jeopardy!)
"Jingle Bell Ride" Johnny Hawksworth
"Gimme All Your Lovin'" ZZ Top
"Jingle Bells"
  • J. Neufeld (arrangement)
  • End credits (Europe): Yello
"Christmas Will Return" Brenda Russell and Howard Hewett
"The Bells of Christmas" Loreena McKennitt

The film's score was composed and produced by Michael Convertino (making this the only film in the trilogy to be scored by him), and conducted by Artie Kane.


The film made its home video debut on VHS and Laserdisc on October 20, 1995. It was later one of Disney's earliest DVD releases, released on October 6, 1998. The DVD presented the film in non-anamorphic widescreen and included the theatrical trailer.

In 2002, to promote the release of The Santa Clause 2, a Special Edition DVD was released, in pan-and-scan fullscreen and anamorphic widescreen variants. It included two featurettes, "So You Wanna Be an Elf?" and "Making Santa Snacks with Wolfgang [Puck]", and a set-top trivia game titled "Santa's Helper"; playing through the game allowed the viewer to watch the 1933 Silly Symphonies short The Night Before Christmas. The disc also included two DVD-ROM features, an Advent calendar titled "25 Days Till Christmas", and a writing program titled "Letters to Santa". For some reason, the theatrical trailer was not also included on this disc.

The movie was released on Blu-ray on October 16, 2012, both individually and in a box set with the sequels. The Blu-ray retained the two features from the 2002 DVD, as well as the The Night Before Christmas, but dropped the trivia game and the DVD-ROM features.


  • Previous Christmas movie stars Bill Murray and Chevy Chase were both offered to play Scott Calvin. However, Murray was not being interested in doing another holiday movie after Scrooged, and Chase declined the offer due to scheduling conflicts. Tom Selleck, Tom Hanks, and Mel Gibson were also considered for the role.
  • Although the story is mostly set in Illinois, the movie was shot in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
  • When Charlie is telling Scott about Neil's opinion on Santa Claus, Scott says that Neil is a psychiatrist, not a doctor. By definition, a psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor, who has not only earned a medical degree, but has further specialized in the field of psychiatry. However, Scott is clearly someone who does not consider a psychiatrist to be a "real" doctor.
  • When Scott and Charlie are at Denny's, he tries to order eggnog, but when he's at the little girl's house, he said he's lactose-intolerant, which is clearly a lie, because he didn't want to drink the milk that she left for Santa.
  • In 2020, the Disney Channel aired a Lip Switch short presenting an abridged gag dub of The Santa Clause featuring the main cast of Big City Greens (with Bill as Scott, Cricket as Charlie, Tilly as Bernard, and Alice as Comet).


Phone controversy

On the theatrical and the initial home video release, Tim Allen made a sarcastic remark in the movie, which included the line "1-800-SPANK-ME." Two years after the movie's release, a woman from near Cleveland called the supposedly-fictional number for her curious grandchildren; it turned out to be a phone sex line. However, it wasn't until 1997, when Disney received complaints from parents whose children called the number and racked up huge phone bills, did the studio take action and cut the line for future releases. Disney also said that they would purchase the number to disconnect the service.

Additional edits

  • For the DVD, Blu-ray and Digital releases, the above-mentioned scene where Laura gives Scott Neil's mother's phone number (1-800-SPANKME), and he says that he "knows that number", was deleted.
    • For the later TV airings, the phone number scene was redubbed to just "1-800-POUND".
  • Ironically, whenever the film airs on the Disney Channel, Scott's line "We're getting the Disney Channel. Merry Christmas," is deleted.
  • In addition to the phone number scene, additional edits are made in current TV broadcasts:
    • After Scott extinguished the flames of the turkey, it cuts to him and Charlie getting their table at Denny's.
      • That scene reduced the time and content, in order to not show the shot of the Canadian-Japanese meeting and Scott sees the other fathers who burnt their turkeys in their hands.
    • The part where Scott says, "Where the hell did this come from?" after banging into the ladder was edited.


The movie won the 1995 People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture, and was also nominated for two 1995 Saturn Awards for Best Fantasy Film and Best Make-Up (awarded to Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr.). Michael Convertino's score also won a 1995 BMI Film Music Award. Tim Allen was nominated for the 1995 American Comedy Award for Funniest Lead Actor in a Motion Picture, the 1995 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor, and two 1995 MTV Movie + TV Awards for Best Breakthrough & Comedic Performance. Eric Lloyd was nominated for the 1995 Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Movie Actor.


Actor(s)/actress(es) Character(s)
Tim Allen Scott Calvin/Santa Claus
Judge Reinhold Dr. Neil Miller
Wendy Crewson Laura Miller
Eric Lloyd Charlie Calvin
David Krumholtz Bernard the Elf
Larry Brandenburg Detective Nunzio
Mary Gross Miss Daniels
Paige Tamada Judy
Peter Boyle Mr. Whittle
Judith Scott Susan
Jayne Eastwood Waitress
Melissa King Little girl
Bradley Wentworth
Zayna Aston (uncredited)
North Pole elves
Azura Bates Hangar Elf
Joshua Satok Larry
Zach McLemore Bobby
Joyce Guy Principal Compton
Lindsay Lupien
Alexandra Petrocci
Micha Jackson
Cody Jones
Jesse Collins Ad executive
David Paul Grove Waiter
Steve Vinovich Dr. Novos
Amiee McIntyre Ruth
Tabitha Lupien Ballet girl
Lachlan Murdoch Fax kid
Dennis O'Connor Mailman
David Sparrow Bobby's dad
Ron Hartmann Judge
Nic Knight Quintin
Scott Wickware Malone
Gene Mack Newman
Brett & Ryan Moon Elves
Jack Newman Street Santa
Michael Caruana Officer #1
Kenny Vadas
Ivanka Kotalto
Todd Davis
Marc Pichette
Brain Reilly Tinsel man
Gordon Masten Desk sergeant
Philip Williams Sharpshooter
Chris Benson Fireman O'Hara
Laura Catalano Veronica
Peter & Steve Kosaka
Lawrence Nakamura
Hun Sun Tran
Steve Tsukamoto
Japanese businessmen
John Pasquin Santa #6
Tony Krola Coffee Cop
Alec Bachlow Neighbor
Jimmy Labriola Truck driver
Frank Welker
Kerrigan Mahan
Reindeer voices
Bob Dermer (voice) Puppet Punch
Nina Keogh (voice) Puppet Judy
Steven Lucescu Previous Santa
Bruce Philp Drummer
Ken Wyke Police officer


External links

The Walt Disney Company
Animated shorts
Empty SocksMickey's OrphansSanta's WorkshopMickey's Good DeedThe Night Before ChristmasBroken ToysToy TinkersPluto's Christmas TreeThe Small OneMickey's Christmas Carol • "Jingle Bells, Something Smells" • "The Nutcracker" • "Mickey's Mixed Nuts" • "Mickey's Christmas Chaos" • Operation: Secret Santa • "Oh, Christmas Tree!" • Olaf's Frozen Adventure • "The Lights Before Christmas" • "Tinsle Tussle" • Mickey's Christmas Tales
Animated Christmas JollitiesThe Nightmare Before ChristmasBeauty and the Beast: The Enchanted ChristmasMickey's Once Upon a ChristmasWinnie the Pooh: Seasons of GivingMickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of MouseRecess Christmas: Miracle on Third StreetA Very Merry Pooh YearMickey's Twice Upon a Christmas . Disney Princess: A Christmas of EnchantmentMy Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas MovieA Christmas CarolMarvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!
Live-action Babes in ToylandOne Magic ChristmasThe Christmas StarErnest Saves ChristmasA Mom For ChristmasIn the Nick of TimeThe Muppet Christmas CarolThe RefThe Santa ClauseThe Preacher's WifeThe Christmas TreeI'll Be Home For ChristmasThe Ultimate Christmas Present 'Twas the NightThe Santa Clause 2The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseSanta BuddiesThe Search for Santa PawsGood Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!Santa Paws 2: The Santa PupsThe Nutcracker and the Four RealmsNoelleGodmotheredMarley
Television specials and episodes
Television specials "A Present for Donald" • "From All of Us to All of You" • A Disney Christmas GiftA Disney Channel ChristmasWinnie the Pooh and Christmas TooA Goof Troop ChristmasPhineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!Prep & LandingMickey's Christmas SpecialPrep & Landing: Naughty vs. NiceToy Story That Time ForgotDuck the HallsLEGO Star Wars: Holiday SpecialMickey and Minnie Wish Upon a ChristmasMickey Saves ChristmasShortsmas with Big City GreensPrep & Landing: The Snowball Protocol
Television episodes Disney Television Animation "Jolly Molly Christmas" • "It's a Wonderful Leaf" • "Miracle at the 34th Precinct" • "Doug's Secret Christmas" • "A Christmas Cruella" • "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" • "Don't Be Elfish" • "A Kosher Christmas" • "A Dog for All Seasons" • "The Worst Holiday Ever" • "Holiday Time" • "Cheery Theerlap, Lloyd" • "The Blight Before Christmas" • "Pete's Christmas Caper" • "Clarabelle's Christmas List" • "Happy Holidays, Mr. Gruff!" • "A Very Possible Christmas" • "Topper" • "On Whiskers, On Lola, On Cheryl and Meryl" • "Hairy Christmas" • "A Giftmas Story" • "Season's Beatings" • "Dick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular 5" • "Stitch and Santa" • "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" • "A Cousin Kyle Christmas" • "Merry Fishmas, Milo" • "The Gift" • "Gingersnaps and Grumpy Snaps" / "Jollybells" • "Future-Worm and the 54 Days of Snordfest" • "Stump Day" / "Holiday Spellcial" • "A Christmas Peril" • "Tree Lighting" • "A Merry Mocap Musical" • "Last Christmas!" • "The Present" • "Green Christmas" • "How Santa Stole Christmas!" • "Froggy Little Christmas" • "Saving Christmas" • "Virtually Christmas" • "White Christmess" • "We Wish You a Merry Chaos-Mas"
Playhouse Disney /
Disney Junior
"The Wishing Tree" • "Little Dog Lost" • "A Circus Town Christmas" • "Twinkle's Wish" • "The Christmas Wish " • "A Very Handy Holiday" • "The Wind-Up Toy Prince" • "Mickey Saves Santa" • "The Night Before Zipsmas" / "A Gift For Zooter" • "Flicker Saves Christmas" • "The Ayalas' Christmas Extravaganza" • "The Living Holiday Lights" • "It's a Winter Never Land!" • "A Very McStuffins Christmas" • "Holiday in Enchancia" • "Captain Scrooge" • "Winter's Gift" • "Toby's Christmas Critter" / "A Very Tricky Christmas" • " Navidad" • "The Mystic Isles: A Very Mystic Wassailia" • "Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas" • "Happy Hot Diggity Dog Holiday!" • "Happy Holiday Helpers" • "A Very Pug Christmas" • "The Latke Kerfuffle" • "A Very Muppet Babies Christmas" • "Summer's Super Fabulous Holiday Surprise" • "A Santa for Bob" • The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special • "Nanpire and Grandpop the Greats" • "Snow Place Like Home" • "Nancy and the Nice List" • "A Gargoyle Carol" • "The Lights Before Christmas" • "Elves for a Day/The Dreidel Dilemma" • "Festival of Lights" • "Tinsle Tussle" • "Santa Baby" • "The Fright Before Christmas" • "Merry Chickmas" • "It's a Wonderful Elf-bot" / "A Merry Litter Christmas" • "The Gingerbread Palace" • "A Christmas Mission in Toyland / Nine Lights Tonight" • "The Christmas Car-Sled Race" • "The Gingerbread Palace" • "Jingle Bog Rock" • "Wrap Party Pups" / "Fixing Santa's Sleigh" • "Jingle Birds" • "Blizzard Buds" • "Pupstruction Saves Christmas" • "Merry Mousemas" • "Santa’s Crash Landing"
Touchstone / ABC Signature "How the Super Stole Christmas" • "A Very Special Clone High Snowflake Day Special"
Marvel Animation (post-2009) "Nightmare on Christmas" • "It's a Wonderful Smash" • "Jingle Bell Rock" • "The Moon Knight Before Christmas" • "A Very Spidey Christmas" • "Halted Holiday" / "Merry Spidey Christmas"
Lucasfilm, Ltd. LEGO Star Wars: Holiday Special • "Life Day"
Hyperion Films "Who Stole Santa? • "Christmas in Oz" • "Seven Days of Kwanzaa"
Television specials The Walt Disney Christmas ShowChristmas at Pooh CornerA Magic Kingdom Yuletide SpecialThe Disney Christmas SpecialMickey's NutcrackerDisney's Christmas Fantasy on IceA Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaGood Luck Jessie: NYC ChristmasJessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker & JoeyDisney Channel Fa-La-La-Lidays Celebrates a Radio Disney Family HolidayDisney Holiday Magic QuestDisney Channel's Epic Holiday ShowdownDisney Channel Holiday House Party" • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Television episodes Walt Disney Television "Christmas at the Circus" • "Christmas in Wonderland" • "Refrigerator Day" • "A Roman Holiday" • "Fountain" • "Happy Holidays" • "Heck of a Hanukkah" • "Xtreme Xmas" • "Escape Claus" • "Christmas at the Tipton" • "Christmas Break" • "Killing Me Softly With His Height" • "Present Problem" • "Happy Ha-Ha Holidays" • "A So Random! Holiday Special" • "A London Carol" • "Bro Ho Ho" • "So Random! Episode 18" • "Pair of Santas" • "sANTa's Little Helpers" • "Christmas Story" • "Jingle It Up" • "A Little Elf Esteem" • "A Duncan Christmas" • "Bark! The Herald Angels Sing" • "Merry Merry It Up" • "Oh, Christmas Nuts!" • "Big Dreams & Big Apples" • "Nanny in Miami" • "Fa La La La-A-Rooney" • "Mix-Ups & Mistletoes" • "Twas the Mission Before Christmas" • "silANT night" • "Twas the Fight Before Christmas" • "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays" • "Stan Steals Christmas" • "Merry Miss Sis" • "Secret Santa" • "Twas the Fight Before Christmas" • "The Girls of Christmas Past" • "Santas & Surprises" • "Joy-to-a-Rooney" • "Single All the Way" • "Cali Christmas-A-Rooney" • "Girl Meets a Christmas Maya" • "How the Griff Stole Christmas" • "Holly Holly Not So Jolly" • "The Christmas Curse" • "Agh, Humbug" • "Stuck at Christmas" • "A Killer Robot Christmas" • "Would You Wrather Get a Moose Angry?" • "Holiday Video Sketchtacular " • "Bah Humbugged " • "Merry Christmas Mr. Gooch " • "It's Christmas, Gabby Duran " • "Would You Wrather Lose Your Presents? " • "Summer Winter Wonderland " • "How the Syd Stole Christmas" • "Mad About Yuletide" • "Jolly Holidance" • "The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year" • "Holiday" • "How the Villains Stole Christmas" • "A Very Villain Christmas" • "Friends in Snow Places"
Touchstone / ABC Signature "It's a Marginal Life" • "Yule Better Watch Out" • "I'm Scheming of a White Christmas" • "Santa's Little Helper" • "'Twas the Blight Before Christmas" • "Some Like It Hot Rod" • "'Twas the Night Before Chaos" • "'Twas the Flight Before Christmas" • "Easy Street" • "Bright Christmas" • "A Very Topanga Christmas" • "Home for the Holidays" • "An According to Jiminy Christmas" • "Spirit" • "One Office Party Too Many" • "The Christmas Party" • "Secret Santa" • "Silent Night, Opening Night" • "Stalking Santa" • "Aru-Bah Humbug" • "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" • "The Gift of Maggie" • "Christmas Time" • "Light the Lights" • "The Miracle Song" • "Fake Plastic Snow" • "The Nutcracker" • "Two for the Money" • "Holidaze" • "Boom Crunch" • "Cold Turkey"
30 Favorite Songs of Christmas with Chimes and ChorusA Family ChristmasDisney's Merry Christmas CarolsMickey's Christmas Around the WorldAriel's Christmas Under the SeaA Pooh ChristmasThe Twelve Days of ChristmasDisney's Christmas CollectionDisney's Christmas Collection IIDisney Christmas Favorites Volume 1Disney Christmas Favorites Volume 2Disney's Christmas FavoritesDisney's Family Christmas CollectionDisney's Snowy Christmas . Disney Santa Sing-AlongDisney's Princess Christmas AlbumDisney's Merry Little ChristmasA Green and Red ChristmasDisney's Holiday Celebration 2007Disney Channel HolidayDisney Holiday Magic 2009Disney Winter Wonderland 2010Phineas and Ferb Holiday FavoritesMickey's Magical Holiday 2011Disney Channel Holiday PlaylistHolidays UnwrappedA Very Merry Disney ChristmasDisney Junior Holiday HitsICON: Disney HolidayDisney Junior Holiday Hits 2Disney Christmas Magic
Disney Parks Christmas Day ParadeThe Magic of Christmas at DisneylandThe Magic of Christmas at Walt Disney WorldFa-La-La-Lidays25 Days of ChristmasThe Santa Clauses