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Writers (WGA):
Leo Benvenuti (written by) &
Steve Rudnick (written by)
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Release Date:
11 November 1994 (USA) See more »
This Christmas, the snow hits the fan. See more »
When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tim Allen ... Scott Calvin / Santa Claus

Judge Reinhold ... Dr. Neil Miller

Wendy Crewson ... Laura Calvin Miller

Eric Lloyd ... Charlie Calvin

David Krumholtz ... Bernard the Elf

Larry Brandenburg ... Det. Nunzio

Mary Gross ... Miss Daniels
Paige Tamada ... Judy the Elf

Peter Boyle ... Mr. Whittle

Judith Scott ... Susan Perry

Jayne Eastwood ... Judy the Waitress
Melissa King ... Sarah the Little Girl
Bradley Wentworth ... Elf at North Pole
Azura Bates ... Elf in Hangar
Joshua Satok ... Larry the Elf
Zachary McLemore ... Bobby, Kid #1 (as Zach McLemore)
Joyce Guy ... Principal Compton
Lindsay Lupien ... Classroom Kid #2
Alexandra Petrocci ... Classroom Kid #3
Jesse Collins ... Ad Executive

David Avalon ... Waiter (as David Paul Grove)

Steve Vinovich ... Dr. Pete Novos
Aimee McIntyre ... Ruth

Tabitha Lupien ... Future Ballet Girl

Lachlan Murdoch ... Kid at Soccer Field
Dennis O'Connor ... Mailman

David Sparrow ... Bobby's Dad
Ron Hartmann ... Judge G. Whelan
Nic Knight ... Quintin, R&D Elf
Scott Wickware ... Officer Malone
Gene Mack ... Officer Newman
Brett Moon ... Elf #1
Ryan Moon ... Elf #2
Jack Newman ... Santa in Street
Michael Caruana ... Arresting Officer
Micha Jackson ... Street Child #2
Cody Jones ... Street Child #1
Kenny Vadas ... E.L.F.S. Leader

Brian Reilly ... Tinsel Man

Gordon Masten ... Desk Sergeant
Philip Williams ... Sharpshooter
Chris Benson ... Fireman O'Hara
Laura Catalano ... Veronica
Peter Kosaka ... Japanese Businessman
Ivanka Kotalto ... E.L.F.S. #2
Todd Davis ... E.L.F.S. #3
Marc Pichette ... E.L.F.S. #4

John Pasquin ... Santa #6

Tony Krolo ... Coffee Cop
Alec Bachlow ... Neighbor
Jimmy Labriola ... Truck Driver
Steve Kosaka ... Japanese Businessman
Lawrence Nakamura ... Japanese Businessman
Hun Sun Tran ... Japanese Businessman
Steve Tsukamoto ... Japanese Businessman

Frank Welker ... Reindeers (voice)
Kerrigan Mahan ... Reindeers (voice)
Bob Dermer ... Punch (voice)
Nina Keogh ... Judy (voice)

Directed by
John Pasquin 
Writing credits
Leo Benvenuti (written by) &
Steve Rudnick (written by)

Produced by
Richard Baker .... executive producer
Caroline Baron .... co-producer
Jennifer Graham Billings .... associate producer (as Jennifer Billings)
Rick Messina .... executive producer
James Miller .... executive producer
Robert F. Newmyer .... producer (as Robert Newmyer)
Susan E. Novick .... associate producer
Brian Reilly .... producer
Jeffrey Silver .... producer
William W. Wilson III .... co-producer
Original Music by
Michael Convertino 
Cinematography by
Walt Lloyd 
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Casting by
Renee Rousselot  (as Renée Rousselot)
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
Art Direction by
James McAteer 
Set Decoration by
Elinor Rose Galbraith 
Costume Design by
Carol Ramsey 
Makeup Department
Alec Gillis .... special makeup and animatronic effects
Hazel Gordon .... assistant hair stylist
Inge Klaudi .... makeup artist
Barry R. Koper .... key makeup artist
Carol Marinoff .... assistant hair stylist
Janice Miller .... key hair stylist
Charles Porlier .... assistant key makeup
Sean Sansom .... special makeup effects artist
Elaine Short .... wig hair stylist
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... special makeup effects
Leslie Ann Anderson .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
John Dods .... headcast maker: David Krumholtz (uncredited)
Thomas Floutz .... sculptor (uncredited)
Monique Venier .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Caroline Baron .... unit production manager
Chris Danton .... unit production manager
Pamela Reis .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Edmisten .... second assistant director
William M. Elvin .... first assistant director (as Bill Elvin)
Michael Johnson .... second assistant director
Marcel Saumure .... third assistant director
Art Department
John Bannister .... key scenic artist
Roger Baron .... assistant props
Tory Bellingham .... property master
Carlos Caneca .... set dresser
Jim Craig .... storyboard artist
Tom Cranham .... storyboard artist (as Thomas R. Cranham)
Joe Curtin .... construction coordinator
David Evans .... on-set dresser
Ian Fraser .... head carpenter
Paul Harding .... assistant props
Michael Hyde .... stand-by carpenter
Karen O.L. Morgan .... illustrator
Melissa Morgan .... scenic artist
Peter P. Nicolakakos .... assistant set decorator
Jeff Poulis .... assistant property master
David Russell .... illustrator
Michael Sherwin .... assistant props
Robert H. Steiner .... construction estimator
Karen M. Clark .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Morgan Weistling .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Terry Burke .... foley artist
Peter S. Carlstedt .... dialogue editor
Yann Delpuech .... sound effects editor
Galen Goodpaster .... first assistant sound editor
James A. Gore .... foley assistant
John Hays .... boom operator: blue screen unit
Larry Hoki .... sound recordist
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Darren King .... sound editor
Gregory King .... supervising sound effects editor
David Lee .... sound mixer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Rob Nokes .... assistant sound editor
Tim O'Connell .... foley recordist
Jeffrey Perkins .... supervising re-recording mixer
Hari Ryatt .... supervising sound editor
John Sievert .... foley artist
Charles Ewing Smith .... dialogue editor
Virginia Storey .... foley assistant
Bruce Stubblefield .... supervising sound editor
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Donald Sylvester .... adr editor
Tony van den Akker .... foley recordist
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound editor (uncredited)
Mollie Gordon .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Linda Lew .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Corinne Villa .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brent Armstrong .... reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Linda Benavente-Notaro .... santa fat suit: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (as Linda Benevente-Notaro)
Joanne Bloomfield .... puppeteer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Joanne Bloomfield .... reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Jason Board .... special effects
Danny Cadow .... special effects technician
Yancy Calzada .... animatronics and puppeteer
Yancy Calzada .... puppeteer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Yancy Calzada .... reindeer mechanical department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Cornellius Carroll .... special effects technician
Melissa Chang .... reindeer mechanical department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Mike Elizalde .... lead puppeteer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Mike Elizalde .... reindeer mechanical department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
George Engel .... prosthetic makeup department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Yuri Everson .... special makeup and animatronic effects coordinator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Jeffrey S. Farley .... reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Steve Frakes .... prosthetic makeup department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Deborah Galvez .... reindeer puppet crew: The Character Shop, inc.
Bob Hall .... special effects coordinator
Robert Harman .... special effects supervisor
Hiroshi 'Kan' Ikeuchi .... reindeer mechanical department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects
Carol Koch .... cosmetic finish
Karen Lafler .... reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Arthur Langevin .... special effects key
Rick Lazzarini .... miniature animatronic reindeer puppets
Rick Lazzarini .... reindeer puppets creator: The Character Shop, inc.
Frank Charles Lutkus III .... puppeteer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Cathy MacDonald .... reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Leonard MacDonald .... reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Tony Matijevich .... prosthetic makeup department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Michelle Millay .... reindeer puppet crew: The Character Shop, inc.
Tim Mogg .... special effects makeup artist
Bryan Moore .... prosthetic makeup department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Wendy Polutanovich .... reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Andy Schoneberg .... special makeup and animatronic effects coordinator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Heidi Snyder .... reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Jonathan Spence .... puppeteer: The Character Shop, inc.
Mark Viniello .... prosthetic makeup department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Bill Zahn .... reindeer puppet crew: The Character Shop, inc.
Jeffrey S. Farley .... sculptor: "Comet" (uncredited)
David Loveday .... special effects (uncredited)
Josselin Mahot .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
Carolyn Oros .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Troy Rundle .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Andy Schoneberg .... special effects makeup coordinator (uncredited)
Dean Stewart .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Denise Davis .... visual effects coordinator: BVVE
Allen Gonzales .... digital artist
Dorne Huebler .... digital supervisor
Paul Lasaine .... matte painting supervisor
Gregory D. Liegey .... visual effects composite artist
Winston Quitasol .... digital compositor
Wally Schaab .... digital artist
John E. Sullivan .... visual effects supervisor
Elissa Bello .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Les Bernstien .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
Lydia Bottegoni .... digital coordinator: Buena Vista Visual Effects (uncredited)
Blaine Converse .... visual effects (uncredited)
Michael Curtis .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Scott Dougherty .... visual effects coordinator: Cinesite (uncredited)
Lee Lanier .... digital artist (uncredited)
Christopher Nibley .... visual effects director of photography (uncredited)
Juliette Yager .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Randy Butcher .... stunts
Shane Cardwell .... stunt coordinator
Danny Lima .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt double
Steve Lucescu .... stunt rigger
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunt rigger
John Stoneham Jr. .... utility stunts
Walter Masko .... precision driver (uncredited)
Branko Racki .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... gaffer
Russel Bowie .... second assistant camera
Mark Cooper .... camera trainee (as Alexander Cooper)
Attila Dory .... still photographer
Roy Elliston .... best boy
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Don Rose .... grip
Douglas Ryan .... camera operator
Ian D. Scott .... best boy
Kerry Smart .... first assistant camera
Randy Tambling .... key grip
Robert Vigus .... grip
Kenneth J. Withers .... camera operator
Shayne Hare .... electrician (uncredited)
Brian Harper .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna Dupere .... extras casting: Canada
Leigh French .... adr voice casting
Meredith Kaplan .... casting assistant
Juli-Ann Kay .... casting assistant: Canada
Jann Stefoff .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carl Docherty .... tailor
Michele Harney .... assistant costume designer
Erla Lank .... wardrobe supervisor
Loreen Lightfoot .... seamstress
Nadia Ongaro .... seamstress
Mary Sheldon .... seamstress
Editorial Department
David Axelrad .... apprentice editor
Lori Ball .... first assistant editor
Doug Hinton .... post-production assistant
Robert Lattanzio .... apprentice editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Kim Roseborough .... second assistant editor
Liza Sullivan .... apprentice editor
Theo Waddell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Convertino .... music score producer
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra manager
Artie Kane .... conductor
Jo Ann Kane .... music preparation
Steve Mccroskey .... music editor: temp music
Bobby Muzingo .... orchestrator
John Neufeld .... orchestrator
Conrad Pope .... orchestrator
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Bonnie Greenberg .... music consultant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Wilfred Bell .... transportation coordinator
Bill Jackson .... transportation captain
Dave Staples .... picture vehicles (uncredited)
Robert Whelan Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Beth Boigon .... location manager
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Christy Garland .... elf wrangler
Kristine M. Gilbert .... production coordinator
Richard Hughes .... assistant location manager
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher
David K. Mulvale .... location assistant
Jeremy Podeswa .... unit publicist
David Ross .... safety representative
Warner Strauss .... location assistant
Mimi Wolch .... script supervisor
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... animatronic effects
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... armorer (uncredited)
Kerri Lynn Brodek .... assistant: William Wilson (uncredited)
Christy Callahan .... assistant: Brian Reilly (uncredited)
Mike Elizalde .... lead puppeteer (uncredited)
Grady Hutt .... photo double: Charlie (uncredited)
Colette D. Johnson .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
John Kenyon .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Randy Kumano .... administrative assistant (uncredited)
Mary Jo Macvey .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Nancy Mcintosh .... assistant: Robert Newmyer (uncredited)
Karen Nadon .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
John Pattison .... puppeteer (uncredited)
David Porter .... craft service (uncredited)
Keitha M. Redmond .... production secretary (uncredited)
Pamela Reis .... assistant: John Pasquin (uncredited)
Deborah Ross .... title designer (uncredited)
Erika Schleich .... production assistant: blue screen unit (uncredited)
Mia Sheard .... assistant: Tim Allen (uncredited)
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Laurie Woolery .... assistant: Judge Reinhold (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG for a few crude moments
97 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

The movie reveals that Santa Claus's favorite snack is cookies, and favorite drink is hot chocolate. The DVD released bonus material contains 3 recipes on how to make Santa's favorite pizza, cookies, and hot chocolate, and short videos demonstrating the cooking procedures.See more »
Errors in geography: The scene where Scott and Charlie pull into the Denny's parking lot a sign that says "The Beer Store" can be seen. "The Beer Store" is where people only in Ontario buy beer by the case. This film is supposed to take place in Illinois.See more »
Bernard:The Santa Clause: In putting on the suit and entering the sleigh, the wearer waives any and all right to any previous identity, real or implied, and fully accepts the duties and responsibilities of Santa Claus, in perpetuity to which some time the wearer becomes unable to do so, by either accident or design.
Scott Calvin:What does that mean?
Bernard:It means: If you put on the suit, you're the big guy.
Scott Calvin:This is ridiculous! I didn't just put on the suit to -...
Bernard:Try to understand this!
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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Tim Allen As...Huh?, 26 November 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Ever wonder, who is Santa Claus, really? Where does he come from, how old is he? How in the world does he squeeze down a chimney, and how does he get in if there isn't a chimney? What's the deal here? Well, happily, the answers to these questions and more are finally answered, as the legend of Santa Claus comes to life as never before in `The Santa Clause,' directed by John Pasquin and starring Tim Allen. Scott Calvin (Allen) is an executive with a toy manufacturing company, he's divorced and has a young son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd), who still believes in Santa, but is at an age at which doubt is beginning to creep into the picture. And the fact that Charlie's mom, Laura (Wendy Crewson) has a boyfriend, Dr. Neal Miller (Judge Reinhold), who is a psychiatrist, isn't helping the situation any. Neal, it seems, is adamant about counseling Charlie in the realities of life, which of course includes the real scoop on Santa, which doesn't go over too well with Scott.

Then on Christmas Eve, which Charlie is spending with Scott, a strange thing happens. There's a clatter on the roof, and Scott rushes outside to investigate, where he discovers a man in a red suit clamoring about on the roof of his two-story house. As Scott watches, the man loses his footing and falls into the snow on the front lawn. And to Scott's amazement, it's Santa Claus! Or at least a guy dressed up like Santa, and he's not in very good shape at the moment. Lying there on his back, the man hands Scott a card with instructions written on it about what to do in this particular situation. `Put on the suit,' it says, `The reindeer will know what to do.' And when Scott looks back up at the roof, what he sees concludes what Neal would probably call an SEE (Significant Emotional Experience), and though he doesn't realize it at the moment, his life is about to change forever...

And with that, Pasquin goes on to tell the story of Scott Calvin's amazing odyssey, which puts a humorous, and at times poignant, spin on this contemporary and highly imaginative rendition of the Santa Claus story, which offers much more than merely a fresh face on an old tale. The Santa angle has that universal appeal that will attract viewers initially, but what makes this story really accessible is the reality which lies beneath the fantasy. The relationships examined in this film-- the whole situation with Scott, Charlie, Laura and Neal-- are quite common in our modern world, and that obstacle in the lives of these characters puts a necessary balance in the story that makes it more than just another Christmas fantasy. It puts an edge on the sentimentality that would've been over-the-top had Scott, for example, been a happily married man with a text book family life. That would've been good for maybe a one hour T.V. special on a Tuesday night, whereas this story and the way it's presented is unique and lends itself well to full length motion picture status.

When you think of Tim Allen, you don't necessarily think in terms of Santa Claus-- his Tim Taylor, `Home Improvement' persona is simply too far-reaching (there are, in fact, some `in' jokes sprinkled subtly throughout this film, like when Scott, in Santa's workshop, picks up a toy tool belt and holds it up to himself)-- but it actually becomes a positive here, and another part of the appeal of this film. it establishes Scott as a real person, an average guy attempting to cope with the everyday problems of everyday life. And it keeps the core of the story grounded, which ultimately makes the fantasy work while giving it heart. So, in retrospect, Allen was a perfect choice for the role of Scott Calvin, and in the long run this just may turn out to be one of his most memorable roles (which is somewhat ironic, as this was Allen's big screen debut), because this is certainly the kind of film that is bound to make a lot of people's annual `holiday movies to watch' list, falling into that category of films you can watch over and over again every Christmas season, like `A Christmas Story.' `Christmas Vacation,' `A Christmas Carol' and `It's A Wonderful Life.' All films which, though certainly diverse, have at their center the spirit of Christmas along with family values and traditions, and all told in a way that enables the viewer to readily identify with the characters and the story, which is exactly what this film does.

Eric Lloyd turns in a good performance as Charlie, making his character believable while keeping him positive despite the conflicts which surround him, and Crewson and Reinhold are solid in their respective roles, as well. But in supporting roles, the standout performances come from David Krumholtz, as Bernard, Santa's Head Elf, and Paige Tamada, who is endearing as Judy, the Little Elf.

Rounding out the supporting cast are Peter Boyle (Mr. Whittle), Mary Gross (Miss Daniels), Larry Brandenburg (Detective Nunzio), Judith Scott (Susan), Jayne Eastwood (Judy, the Waitress) and Joyce Guy (Principal Compton). An entertaining and ultimately uplifting movie, `The Santa Clause' is funny and enjoyable and has a lot to offer in the way of family entertainment, the kind of film adults and kids alike are going to appreciate. And it may even make you believe in some things you hadn't even considered before-- but that's for you to figure out as you watch the movie. And that's the magic of the movies. I rate this one 8/10.

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