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The Santa Clause (1994) Poster

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For one week in November 1994, Tim Allen had the #1 movie at the box office (this movie), the #1 rated television show (Home Improvement (1991)), and the #1 New York Times best-selling book ("Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man").
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Tim Allen has a criminal record and Disney has a no hiring of ex-cons policy. An exception was made in this case.
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First lead film role for Tim Allen.
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When Laura looks at the Mystery Date game the music we hear is the jingle from the old television commercials for the board game.
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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 DVD's release. On television broadcasts, the number is changed to 1-800-POUND.
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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.
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The movie reveals that Santa Claus's favorite snack is cookies, and favorite drink is hot chocolate. The DVD released bonus material contains three recipes on how to make Santa's favorite pizza, cookies, and hot chocolate, and short videos demonstrating the cooking procedures.
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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.
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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.
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The dance that Tim Allen does during the montage before his second Christmas Eve was improvised and done in one take. The director kept it because it was so good.
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The role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus was written with Bill Murray in mind. After reading the script and being offered the lead role, Murray declined, saying he didn't think it suited his humor.
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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.
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Once original choice Bill Murray turned down the part, Chevy Chase was considered. Scheduling conflicts with another film forced Chase to turn down the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
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Peter Boyle, who is Scott's boss in the first film, appears in the second and third Santa Clause films as Father Time.
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Bryan Cranston was considered for the role of Neal Miller.
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When Scott Calvin is ending his first run as Santa, his "Ho Ho Ho!" is done just like the Tim Taylor signature grunt.
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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).
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This was the only Santa Clause movie that didn't feature a villain.
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According to the "Making Of" TV show Tim Allen was miserable while shooting this film. It was shot in the summer in a non-air conditioned building. When he was in full costume with the "fat suit", the facial prosthetics, the beard and the Santa suit he was so hot he had to take frequent breaks to cool off. When he got too warm he would occasionally forget about the children who were playing elves and start cursing. On top of that the Santa suit rubbed his neck and caused him to develop a painful rash.
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After putting the first turkey fire out, Scott says, "And that's why it's important to have a high quality fire extinguisher right in the kitchen," just like his other character Tim Taylor would on Home Improvement (1991). On Home Improvement, Tim is a very accident prone tool show host who is frequently using those accidents as teaching moments for his cable access show.
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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).
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Robin Williams and Tom Hanks were considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus, before Tim Allen was eventually cast. Coincidentally, both Tom Hanks and Tim Allen would go on to star in the Toy Story (1995) franchise together, which was also released by Disney.
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Television airings of this film edits out the scene where Doctor Pete Novos tells Scott to pull his shirt up for a heartbeat check and Scott's heart beats to the tune of "Jingle Bells".
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Among the individuals seen on the first page of Santa's list are Andre Agassi and Armand Assante.
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The zoo where Scott talks to Charlie is actually the Toronto Zoo in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
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Eric Lloyd (Charlie) wore fake teeth for the movie. He accidentally knocked out his front teeth before filming began.
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The scene where Scott 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 Scott 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.
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When Scott and Charlie are on the roof, Scott says the reindeer are a Christmas gift from the cable company, and they would now be getting the Disney Channel. This movie was released by Disney.
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The odd looking skateboard/scooter toy that Charlie is sitting on and Scott uses on Christmas morning is called a Rad Board. It has eight wheels, four handle grips, and three boards.
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A good amount of the backstory was taken, or just possibly inspired, from Amazing Stories: Santa '85 (1985). In that episode, the real Santa Claus was arrested, one adult wasn't too big on Christmas mainly because he never got a toy he wanted when he was a kid, the main kid in the story was the only one who believed the real Santa was real and helped to break Santa out of jail, then in the end the disbelieving adult got the toy he wanted and finally believed.
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Jeff Daniels, Peter MacNicol, Stanley Tucci, and Bradley Whitford were considered for the role of Neal Miller.
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One line in the end credits song "Christmas Will Return" is "All the little children know that Monday's just another day", which is referring to the day after Christmas. December 26 did indeed fall on a Monday in 1994.
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Director Cameo [John Pasquin]: As Santa #6 in the police lineup.
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Alec Baldwin and Kurt Russell were considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus. Russell would later play Santa in The Christmas Chronicles (2018).
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Anjelica Huston was considered for the role of Laura.
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When Scott and Charlie arrive at the North Pole the first time, an elf enters the code "1239" into a keypad which allows the sleigh to be lowered. Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer was created in December of 1939, hence 12/39.
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When Scott and Charlie are being seated at Denny's, there is a boy putting on a coat, who then watches them sit down. The boy has pointy ears, marking him as an elf.
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Nicole Kidman, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy were considered for the role of Laura.
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According to Eric Lloyd, in an interview years later, working with Tim Allen wasn't always easy. He would curse around the children, and complain that certain parts of the script were late to the set a few times. Tim Allen would eventually apologize for this.
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Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
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Rowan Atkinson was considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
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Mary McDonnell, Jennifer Grey and Julia Roberts were considered for the role of Laura.
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Paige Tamada, who plays elf-Judy, appeared in one episode of 'Home Improvement' which stars Tim Allen.
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One of two Disney Christmas movies starring one of the stars of Home Improvement (1991). The other being Johnathan Taylor Thomas in I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998).
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Eric Lloyd (Charlie) and Judith Scott (Susan) would reunite two years later in Dunston Checks-In (1996).
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Patrica Clarkson, Pamela Reed, Sally Field, Goldie Hawn, Patrica Heaton, and Kate Burton were considered for the role of Laura.
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Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, Richard Donner, Ivan Reitman, John Hughes, Rob Minkoff and Joel Schumacher were considered to direct this film.
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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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When Scott and Charlie arrive at the North Pole, the code that the elf enters into the pole for entry is 1239.
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Mel Gibson, Jeff Bridges, and Michael Keaton were considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
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Patrick Swayze was considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
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Michael J. Fox and Jim Carrey were considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus. Carrey was also up for the role of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story (1995) and the lead role in Joe Somebody (2001), which in the end both roles went to Tim Allen.
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Warren Beatty was considered for the role of Neal Miller.
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Among the actors considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa was Kurt Russell. Russell would go on to play Santa in The Christmas Chronicles in 2018. This film also has a scene in which Santa is jailed and his elves have to come to his rescue.
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Pierce Brosnan was considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
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Scott (Tim Allen) is worried about what would happen if he fell off the roof. In Christmas with the Kranks (2004), Tim Allen's character does fall off the roof.
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Scott Calvin's (Tim Allen) ex-wife's name is Laura (Wendy Crewson) which is the same name as Tim Allen's real life ex-wife, Laura Diebel.
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Tabitha Lupien and Cody Jones, who appear as children on the streets, would reunite later in Rent-a-Kid (1995), playing siblings as main cast members.
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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.
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Robert De Niro was considered for the role of Neal Miller.
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Richard Gere and Steve Guttenberg were considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
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Lance Kinsey was considered for the role of Neal Miller.
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This is the only The Santa Clause film to be rated PG by the MPAA.
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Alan Ruck was considered for the role of Neal Miller.
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Ryan Stiles was considered for the role of Neal Miller.
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Jerry Seinfeld was considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When the officers are discussing the plan to capture Santa Claus, the chalkboard in the corner says donut shop with patrol car parking underneath.
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Both Scott Calvin and Santa Claus have the initials S.C.
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