He ceded that young children would probably like most of the film, but that older children and adults are "likely to find a lot of it a little thin. Santa disapproves of Patch's actions (unaware the plan is to make Santa appreciate him again) and feels disheartened about continuing his job if the children of the world do not care anymore. Moviestore/Shutterstock; Courtesy of Eric Lloyd. Family Dramas, Carpenter's original choice for the role of Santa was Brian Dennehy. 'The Santa Clause' cast has done a lot since the 1994 movie first provided Christmas cheer — see what Tim Allen and the rest of the stars are doing now! Believing B.Z. " A more recent review by William Mager for the BBC echoed Canby and Ebert's comments. Meanwhile, Patch is disturbed when B.Z. The documentary originally aired in the United States on ABC, on Christmas Eve, 1987. Santa takes Joe on his deliveries where they meet 9-year-old Cornelia, a wealthy child and also an orphan who fed Joe one previous night. The John Pasquin-directed movie, which was written by Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick, provided tons of Christmas cheer when it premiered on November 11, 1994. To this end, they offered the role to Harrison Ford who turned them down. He described the film as having "the manner of a listless musical without any production numbers". See the 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' Cast 30 Years After the Film's Release, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Martin Lawrence Has 3 Kids He's Proud Of — Meet His Grown Daughters, Janet Jackson Walks the Red Carpet in Look Inspired By the 1920s, Henry Winkler Has a Happy Day With Son Max in Rare Public Outing. In 2012 a deluxe three-disc set, including remastered tracks, outtakes and alternate versions and a 32-page booklet, was released. Sometime in the 14th century, Claus is a woodcarver in his mid-50s who, with his wife Anya, delivers his gifts to the children of local villages. Santa Claus: The Movie received negative reviews upon release, with a rating of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, from the 20 reviews counted. plans to turn himself into the face of Christmas and asks Patch to increase the amount of reindeer feed and develop the same product in the form of candy canes. Given this fact, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it spawned two sequels, The Santa Clause 2 in 2002 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause in 2006. John Carpenter was originally offered the chance to direct, but also wanted a say in the writing, musical score and final cut of the film. For the role of B.Z., the producers wanted a star with a similar stature to Gene Hackman when he had played Lex Luthor in Superman: The Movie. "Christmas Rhapsody: Deck the Halls/Joy to the World/Hark! Patch also constructs a hovercraft called the Patchmobile to deliver the products like Santa and helps create a new holiday on March 25, which B.Z. Pierre Spengler, Ilya's longtime partner, and the third key element of Team Salkind, joined Alexander's son as the project's producer. While it is known that Mercury recorded a demo for the House/Hobbs song at Pinewood Studios, he was never to make a full commitment to the project, as he and his Queen bandmates had already committed themselves to the Highlander soundtrack. © 2020 TV.COM, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. The soundtrack score was composed and conducted by Henry Mancini, composer of the themes from The Pink Panther and Peter Gunn, with veteran lyricist and screenwriter Leslie Bricusse contributing five original songs. The elves in the film are portrayed as legendary beings known as the Vendequm. Fantasy, Directed by (1) Writing credits (9) Cast (59) Produced by (11) Music by (1) Cinematography by (1) Film Editing by (1) Casting By (1) Production Design by (1) Art Direction by (3) Set Decoration by (1) Costume Design by (1) Santa Claus: The Movie is a 1985 British-American Christmas film starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, and David Huddleston in the title role.It is the last major fantasy film produced by the Paris-based father-and-son production team of Alexander and Ilya Salkind.The film was directed by Jeannot Szwarc and released in North America on November 27, 1985, by TriStar Pictures. It has since become a beloved cult classic among many since its release on Home Video and later remastered DVDs . Iconic Christmas movies are known to stick with children through adulthood. characters with double lives. Santa Clause (The Santa Clause) è un film del 1994 diretto da John Pasquin.. È una pellicola di Natale, distribuita da Walt Disney Pictures e Hollywood Pictures, interpretata da Tim Allen. The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas.It … Meanwhile, B.Z. ", John Lithgow, in a 2019 interview, said, "It's just one of the tackiest movies I've ever been in. “You get the idea, I’m somehow going to be involved with Santa Claus. Scott’s better half, Laura, had plenty to pout about here and in the two sequels. Soon after, it went out of print and remained unavailable until 2009 when it was released on CD as a limited run of 1000 copies which sold out immediately upon release. , In his book Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas, critic Alonso Duralde lists Santa Claus: The Movie in his chapter of worst Christmas films ever. Jeannot Szwarc, however, felt that he needed an actor with more warmth than Dennehy, and toward that end, he had screen-tested such actors as David White (who, being in his late 60's, was considered too old for the role), and Moore's Arthur co-star Barney Martin. He also praised the film's special effects, particularly the New York City fly-over sequence involving Santa. Comedy, Canby quipped that "Santa's workshop must be the world's largest purchaser of low-grade plywood" and that the flyover sequences with Santa "aren't great." The Blu-ray version, however, also features a brief chronicle of the filming of the " 'Christmas II' Press Conference" sequence, as well as additional deleted scenes cut from the original theatrical version. Santa Claus: The Movie is a 1985 British-American Christmas film starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, and David Huddleston in the title role. In the end, Mercury turned down the project, stating that he felt that Queen had become overcrowded with requests to work on film soundtracks; as a result, Sheena Easton was ultimately chosen to record the tune. attempts to evade the cops by eating several candy canes and tries to fly out of his office window only to uncontrollably float away into the sky. They made offers to Dustin Hoffman, Burt Reynolds and Johnny Carson --- all of whom, for one reason or another, turned the part down. The inhabitants of the North Pole celebrate the triumph with a joyous dance party, where Cornelia and Joe have been adopted by Santa, his wife and his elves; the film ends showing that B.Z., in spite of his pleas for help, is doomed to float into the depths of space, among the remains of the Patchmobile -which were affected by the explosion- as the end credits roll. , Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert noted some positive points to the film, writing that the film "does an interesting job of visualizing Santa's workshop" and Santa's elves. While Patch works at night, B.Z. At the same time, the film also tells a contemporary story in which one of Santa's elves (alternately referred to as the "Vendequm" onscreen), a visionary named Patch (Dudley Moore), sets out to employ Santa's toymaking methods on his own, unaware that he might be ruining the magic of Christmas in the process. Centuries pass as the mythology of Santa is created, until the 20th century, where Santa is exhausted by the ever-growing workload every year due to the world's increasing population. ", Vincent Canby of The New York Times was less positive than Ebert, calling the production "elaborate and tacky". Joe and Cornelia eavesdrop on the conversation, but Joe is caught and tied up and gagged in the basement of B.Z. The Ancient One believed that this man would be the one to whom the elves would grant full immortality, along with the ability to deliver the elves' gifts to children all over the world. Moore was attached to the project virtually from the outset, and therefore had a say on both scripting and choice of director. The soundtrack was originally released on record and cassette by EMI America Records in 1985. The Santa Clause is a comedy that follows Scott Calvin, a toy company advertising executive and divorced father, who is having difficulting connecting with his son, Charlie. Though divorced dad Scott Calvin found things merry and bright as Kris Kringle, Tim saw his career go to infinity and beyond as Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story pics. Drama, Despite Comet and Cupid having the Flu, Santa gathers up the other six reindeer and he arrives to pick Cornelia up. 5Produced by Keith Olsen for Pogologo Corporation, and performed by Sheena Easton. David Newman, however, took sole screenplay credit. Santa Clause – Eine schöne Bescherung (Originaltitel: The Santa Clause) ist der erste Teil der „Santa Clause“-Weihnachtsfilmtrilogie der Disney-Studios aus dem Jahr 1994 mit Hauptdarsteller Tim Allen, der durch Zufall zum Weihnachtsmann wird.. Der Titel sorgt des Öfteren für Verwirrung: Die Hauptfigur heißt „Santa Claus“. father and son, His reasons include weak plot, garish production design, blatant product placement (particularly for McDonald's, though Coke and Pabst Blue Ribbon are also prominent), and scenery-chewing overacting on the part of Lithgow. Padraig Cotter Dec 20, 2019. In addition to Patch, Dooley, Puffy, Boog, Honka, and Vout, the film's screenplay and cast listing features three additional elves: Groot, the Elves' Senior Chef; Goober, the head of the Elves' tailoring shop, who crafts Santa's full red robes; and Goobler, who trains several of his fellow elves in the art of painting toys with their own beards. 's toys are popular due to witnessing several toys being removed from a shop window, Patch decides to help B.Z. Donner and Blitzen are joined by six other reindeer and fed magic food that allows them to fly. It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since The Santa Clause first debuted on the big screen, but that means it’s even more incredible to see what Tim Allen and the rest of the cast have gotten up to since. Unlike Ebert, he offered little praise for the film's production design. The images should not contain any sexually explicit content, race hatred material or other offensive symbols or images. Anchor Bay Entertainment's now-out-of-print 20th anniversary DVD of the film included this documentary as a bonus feature; the Lionsgate DVD and Blu-ray versions currently feature the 50-minute feature as well. 's crimes are uncovered when Cornelia calls the police. Eventually, John Lithgow was settled on after Salkind watched Terms of Endearment and realised that he had a Grinch-type look to him. Their expected arrival is heralded with the appearance of several elves, or as Claus's people call them in their legends, the Vendequm, led by the venerable and wise elf named Dooley.