The Santa Clause (1994) Poster


Tim Allen has a criminal record and Disney has a no hiring of ex-cons policy. An exception was made in this case.
For one week in November 1994, Tim Allen had the #1 movie at the box office ("The Santa Clause"), the #1 rated television show ("Home Improvement"), and the #1 New York Times best-selling book ("Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man").
On older releases of the film, Tim Allen made a sarcastic remark in the movie, which included the line "1-800-SPANK-ME." During the film's release, a woman from near Cleveland, Ohio 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 phone number to disconnect the service. This part of the film is also cut in the DVDS release.
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.
When Scott and Charlie are leaving the North Pole in the sleigh and pass by the moon, the moon has a distinct Mickey Mouse logo on it.
When the kids scream, "Let him go! Let Santa go!" that is a reference to Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
During his tour of the workshop, Scott Calvin tries out a tool belt then shakes his head as if to indicate that tools aren't for him. This is a reference to Tim Allen's then-hit TV show, Home Improvement (1991) where his character's life (Tim "the tool man" Taylor) revolved around tools.
Elves are scattered throughout the movie in Scott and Charlie's world. The little blonde girl walking away from the window at the opening of the movie; the little boy putting his jacket on and wearing a red scarf as Scott and Charlie are led to their seat in Denny's; the girl walking behind the bench when Scott has kids lined up at Charlie's soccer game; the girl in the purple coat who walks by Scott and Charlie in the park when Scott wants Charlie to stop talking about the Santa Claus; and the attentive little boy in the blue turtleneck behind Charlie's desk during show and tell are all elves. They show up as a group at the end of the movie when Scott flies away from the Miller house, and they are the kids who run and skip off.
This was the only Santa Clause movie that didn't feature a villain.
Scheduling conflicts with another film forced Chevy Chase to turn down the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
The role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus was written with Bill Murray in mind.
When Scott and Charlie are driving the sleigh on the road, the truck they go by and ask about I-94 is driven by Jimmy Labriola, who played Benny on Tim Allen's show Home Improvement (1991).
When Laura looks at the Mystery Date game the music we hear is the jingle the old television commercials for the board game.
Among the individuals seen on the first page of Santa's list are Andre Agassi and Armand Assante.
When Charlie and the new Santa return to the North Pole for the new Christmas, Bernard introduces the techno-savvy elf Quentin, who proceeds to tell Santa about the gadgets the sleigh now has. This is a nod to the James Bond series character "Q", who is the technology master for James Bond's vehicles.
When Scott Calvin is giving alternative names for Santa Claus to the police officer in the interrogation scene, Scott imitates Ed Sullivan when he says the last name, "Topo Gigio", which is not a name for Santa, but actually the name of a small Italian mouse puppet that appeared many times on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).
The scene where Tim Allen takes his son to the Denny's on Christmas Eve is filmed at a Denny's location in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. The restaurant shown in the scene was one of the few Denny's in Canada at the time and was located at Ellesmere Road & Markham Road.

The location is no longer a Denny's restaurant, although as of 2014 the building is still standing. The driveway entrance that Tim Allen turns into is on Ellesmere Road. The apartments that can be seen in the distant background are on Markham Road. "The Beer Store" in the near background is located in the same plaza as the restaurant, but is no longer a beer outlet.

This scene has often been mistakenly thought to have been recorded at a Swiss chalet restaurant in Oakville that had to be altered to reflect the Denny's chain.
When Scott Calvin is ending his first run as Santa. His Ho Ho is done just like the Tim Taylor grunt.
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The zoo where Scott talks to Charlie is actually the Toronto Zoo in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
The ladder that appears to help Scott and Charlie get to the roof was made by the "Rose Suchak Ladder Co.", a reference to a question Charlie had asked about the line "There arose such a clatter" from the famous poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (The Night Before Christmas).
When Scott and Charlie arrive at the North Pole, the code that the elf enters into the pole for entry is 1239.
When Charlie's mom comes to pick him up after the first night of delivering presents, there is a model Indycar on the coffee table, which Charlie picks up and takes with him. It is a scale replica of Nigel Mansell's #5 Newman Haas. Nigel Mansell was the reigning Indycar champion at the time the movie was made, and the only person to win back to back Formula 1 and Indycar championships.
When Scott is having a check up you can hear the song Jingle Bells when his doctor listens to his heart
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Director John Pasquin initially turned down the offer to direct the movie due to him wanting to do more mature work.
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