Ernest P. Worell, a sweet but silly taxi driver who at times suffers delusions of grandeur, has just chauffeured a rather extraordinary fare: "His Great Red Oneness, the Claus" himself. It seems Santa hasn't got the magic for another Christmas season, and has come to Orlando, Florida for Joe Carruthers, the man he has chosen as his successor. But things quickly begin to unravel, thanks to Joe's meddling agent and Santa's increasingly unreliable memory. Incredibly, dimwitted Ernest soon becomes Santa's only hope! Joining forces with a young runaway named "Harmony Star", Ernest rushes to save the holidays as we know them.Written by
Jim Varney and Douglas Seale both started in Disney animated movies. Seale played the Sultan in Aladdin (1992) and Varney played Slinky Dog in Toy Story (1995). See more »
Right after Santa Claus tells Ernest that he doesn't have money, the clothing that the girl is wearing changes. See more »
Ernest P. Worell:
i mean vern its not the cab company cany aforrd to give out a free ride after all it is christmas the time for chestnuts open on a roasting fire,
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(closing wishes) Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! KnoWhutImean? See more »
Some VHS and DVD prints have slightly different opening and closing credit sequences, notably some have "and Douglas Seale as Santa Claus," while others just have "and Douglas Seale." The closing credits on some prints also feature smaller type. See more »
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This IS my favorite Christmas movie. It is funny, in a totally ridiculous, moronic, Ernest sort of way - it has all of his best schtick and then some. I really like the message, too - that Christmas is in the heart. Unlike some of the typical Christmas movies there is no major transformation where the mean man becomes the nice guy -the nice guy stays the nice guy and becomes even better. Suspend your need to see Citizen Kane and just watch it for the total silliness. You will enjoy it.
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