The Santa Clause movies are some of the many films that make the rounds on network television channels every holiday season and for good reason. Though the films may not have the flashy musical set pieces of White Christmas (1954) or the animated artistry of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), they are still undeniably fun films that are reaching the age of being nostalgic for adults who grew up watching them. Now, over fifteen years after The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) was released, we are finally getting to see this unique take on the Christmas mascot again with The Santa Clauses (2022).
“All those kids turned into adults, they stopped believing.” Disney has revealed an official trailer for The Santa Clauses, the latest Santa Clause revival continuing the story from the other sequels. I’m sure most of you will remember the original movie, The Santa Clause, released in 1994 becoming an instant classic. Disney followed that up with two other sequels, in 2002 and 2006, neither of which were any good. Now 28 years later they’re bringing back the original Scott Calvin, played by Tim Allen, for yet another new Santa Clause “movie” – but this time it’s a mini-series for streaming on Disney+. More content to serve the streaming subscribers.
The reveal teaser for The Santa Clauses expectedly features the return of Tim Allen as Santa, but it looks like he doesn’t have any intention of sticking to the job he’s been performing for several decades. That’s because the teaser drops the bombshell that Scott Calvin has made the decision to retire as Santa, which leads to his faithful elves at the toy factory going into a complete panic. We also get a look at Santa beginning to interview people who might be interested in becoming the next Santa, which so far includes none other than NFL star, Peyton Manning. The trailer concludes with a quick little sizzle which also showcases the long-awaited return of David Krumholtz’s Bernard.
Tim Allen will be back as Scott Calvin for The Santa Clause series. The actor made his debut as the character who becomes Santa Claus in the 1994 original film. He returned for sequels The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. All three movies grossed over $100 million at the box office, with the first movie making the most at $189.8 million. Tim will also serve as an executive producer of the series.
Allen isn’t the only one returning from the franchise either. He’ll be joined by his onscreen wife and Mrs. Claus Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), his original Elf Number 1 David Krumholtz (The Deuce), and his own son Charlie, Eric Lloyd (The Wonder Years).
Allen’s daughter, Elizabeth Allen-Dick, has also joined the cast as a series regular. She will play Scott and Carol’s onscreen daughter. The role marks Elizabeth’s acting debut.
What Is the Plot of The Santa Clauses?
Ever since this unlikely franchise began with The Santa Clause (1994), Scott Calvin has been delivering presents to all the children of the world. That means Scott has been Santa for nearly thirty years, so naturally, he’s getting a little tired. Approaching the ripe age of 65 years young, Santa has ultimately made the decision to retire and find himself a successor without falling off a rough as his own predecessor did. Most of what we’ve seen from the trailer and clips showcase the North Pole, but the official synopsis below teases that Scott will be traveling south to find a suitable replacement:
“Scott Calvin is about to turn 65 and, realizing he can’t be Santa forever, sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in life south of the pole.”
Calvin is about to turn 65 and needs to find the next Santa. But he chooses the wrong guy. With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in life south of the pole. Also with Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd, Kal Penn, and Matilda Lawler. This does not look good. At all. But that doesn’t surprise me.
The Santa Clauses release date
The Santa Clauses series will launch worldwide on Disney Plus on Wednesday, November 16 so we’ll be able to catch up with Scott, Mrs. Claus, and the family over a month before Christmas 2022.