While The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause promises to be a hit movie this holiday season, viewers won't want to overlook the first two installments in this irresistible Christmas trilogy. Featuring comedian Tim Allen as Santa, these movies make it easy for Christmas fans of all ages to get into the holiday spirit.
The Santa Clause
In 1994, The Santa Clause introduced moviegoers to Scott Calvin, a divorced father who is thrilled to have his son Charlie visiting for Christmas. However, their holiday plans go awry when Santa accidentally falls off the roof of their house. Scott takes Santa's place - not realizing that by putting on the red suit he is agreeing to permanently become the next Santa Claus. Soon after, Scott has his hands full dealing with his new responsibilities, his sudden weight gain, and his ex-wife's psychiatrist husband who is convinced he's crazy.
The Santa Clause features Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, Eric Lloyd as Charlie Calvin, and David Krumholz as Bernard the Elf. Wendy Crewson also appears as Laura Calvin Miller, Scott's ex-wife. Laura's husband, Dr. Neil Miller, is portrayed by Judge Reinhold.
The Mrs. Clause
Is it possible to make a movie with more appeal than the original version of The Santa Clause? As Charlie says, "Seeing isn't believing; believing is seeing."
Released just in time for the 2002 holiday season, The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause takes place eight years after the original film. Scott Calvin is now considered by the elves to be the best Santa ever. Unfortunately, Santa's life is starting to become rather difficult. Charlie is having trouble at school and has landed on the year's "naughty" list. And, to make matters even worse, Scott has just learned that "The Mrs. Clause" states he must find a suitable wife or be forced to give up his duties as Santa.
This film contains many of the same characters as the original. In fact, the only notable addition is Elizabeth Mitchell as Principal Carol Newman. Ms. Mitchell is primarily a television actress, known for her roles on popular shows such as E.R., Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Spin City, C.S.I., Everwood, Boston Legal, and House M.D.
The Escape Clause
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, scheduled for release on November 3, promises to be one of the hit movies of the 2006 Christmas season.
As fans might expect, the movie retains plenty of familiar faces - including Tim Allen as Santa, Elizabeth Mitchell as Mrs. Claus, and Eric Lloyd as Charlie Calvin. However, viewers are also introduced to Martin Short as Jack Frost. Mr. Short, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, does a fantastic job playing the villain who hopes to take over Christmas.
In the film's trailer, Jack Frost tells Scott Calvin, "You're not Santa anymore. You're just a guy who smells like a cookie." Can the newly married Scott keep his family happy and still save Christmas? Let's hope so!