The Santa Clause – 12 Behind The Scenes Facts

The Santa Clause – 12 Behind The Scenes Facts


Narrator: The Santa Clause starring funny-man
Tim Allen is a beloved Christmas classic today, but back in the early 1990s casting him as
the “jolly gift-giver” was a big risk for two reasons. The first was that Allen’s ability to bring
crowds to the movie theater was unproven since The Santa Clause would be his first Hollywood
film, so some other big A-list actors of the time were considered first, such as Tom Selleck and Tom Hanks. “What’d it feel like, Dad?” “It felt like “America’s Most Wanted”!” Narrator: The second reason The Santa Clause
was a big risk to make was because movies featuring Santa Claus as the main character
weren’t very bankable since there hadn’t been a successful movie featuring St. Nick
in over 40 years since the release of the original Miracle on 34th Street. The Santa Clause’s story was created by
two struggling stand-up comics, Steve Rudnick and Leo Benvenuti, who–on the side of their comedy careers– also wrote scripts for theater. But in 1989 they decided to write their first
movie screenplay based on the question, “What if someone killed Santa Claus?”, and at the time the screenplay was titled “Such a Clatter”. [Sounds of a tree falling to its death] Narrator: In the early phases The Santa Clause’s script contained more edgy, adult humor than the kid-friendly version we know it for today. [Fart noises] [Scott sighs] “Easy Rudolph!” [Grunting in disbelief] Narrator: For example, Santa was originally
going to get shot [gun firing] and wounded by a shotgun-wielding Scott Calvin, and then fall to his death. However, Disney eventually bought the rights
to the movie, and once that happened the script had to be revised to fit their family-friendly standards. [Sounds of a Santa falling to his death] Narrator: The make-up process for Tim Allen to become Jolly ol’ St. Nick was nothing short of a nightmare. “I’m in big trouble, mmhmm.” Narrator: The whole process of putting on
his prosthetics, make-up, his 48lb. fat suit, and his costumes took approximately 4 hours each day, and then it took another 2 hours to take it all off. The movie was filmed in July, and Tim Allen
had to endure so much intense summer heat that his body to broke out into heat blisters. Not only that, but being literally engulfed
in his role as Santa was such an emotional and physical toll on him that he often sequestered himself in a corner of the set to help cope with the stress. “Does this look like a little weight to
you?!” Narrator: One of the biggest challenges of
the on-set visual effects was the fake snow. They used a lot of different mediums to make
the scenes look like Christmas, such as: potato flakes, marble dust, rock salt, paper products, and even “snow blankets”. And you can see a glimpse of one of these
blankets when Santa slips before falling off the roof. The movie had a small budget, even for its
time, at $16 million dollars, so they had to do a lot of visual effects “the old fashioned way” without using high-tech gear. For example, to make the North Pole come up from the ground, it was pushed up by two people from the floor directly underneath it, which is why it shakes a little bit as it rises and they tried to cover it up with a quick
cutaway edit. The reindeer animatronics were powered by
25 small motors that could move various parts of their face and bodies. It took about 5 people to operate Comet, and
12 people to operate the entire team of reindeer. [Reindeer shouting] [sounds of Scott Calvin showing off his gymnastics skills] The first cut of the film was about 2hrs, which had to be edited down to fit the standard hour and a half run time for a family film. To cut the movie’s length down, the decision
was made to cut down, or flat-out remove, any scene that Tim Allen wasn’t in. So if Charlie feels like an underdeveloped
character to you, now you know why because many scenes of him struggling with his Dad’s
transformation and also dealing with bullies at school were all cut out from the story. What didn’t get cut though was the fake
teeth little Eric Lloyd wore during all of his scenes. Just days before shooting began on The Santa
Clause, he was climbing on a boulder and slipped, knocking out a few of his front teeth. But his mom was able to have some fake teeth
made in time for filming because luckily she had a mold of his teeth made by an orthodontist before the whole incident happened. Deals for a sequel are usually made soon after
the release of the first film if it ends up being a big hit like The Santa Clause was. However, if you ever wondered–like I did–why
it took 8 years to make a sequel to The Santa Clause, it’s because Tim Allen needed that
much time to recover from his experience as Santa before he could, shall I say… [epic flamethrower sounds] Narrator: …“warm up to the idea”… [comedy “ringshot”] Narrator:…of doing it all over again. If you’d like to learn about other movies
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100 thoughts on “The Santa Clause – 12 Behind The Scenes Facts

  1. Thanks for replying I found your videos when I was scrolling through YouTube and I saw your videos on recommend and it was right

  2. In The Santa Clause 2 I like the Toy Santa better than Jack Frost. The Santa Clause 3 The Escape Clause has tons of problems. Bernard the head elf is not in the third film, Jack Frost is destroying the North Pole, He used the Escape Clause on Scott, Went back in time to 1994, Jack Frost puts on the Santa coat and he turned the North Pole into a theme park. If I were you I would just stick to The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2 because Bernard is in both of them.

  3. This makes me sad that is was so stressful for Mr. Allen to make the film. I absolutely LOVE the movie series! I understand as to why though. So childhood, NOT ruined?

  4. The movie was shot in my hometown. Pretty wild walking down the street and seeing where Tim Allen once walked in a fat suit.

  5. Jesus were they just trying to make sure the leading character had a specific or very similar real name??? TOM Selleck…….. TOM Hanks……… TIM Allen!!!

  6. I find it strange that with this movie's "small" budget, the filmmakers were able to implement 12 fully animatronic reindeer consisting of 18 people operating all the reindeer, yet they need two guys to push up the North Pole to make it look like it's rising.

  7. I hadn't heard of any of these behind the scenes. Interesting.

    I liked all three movies but the first one was the best. The stories in the other two seemed like they were pushed or forced, for lack of a better phrase.

  8. Disturbing movie. None of the elfs mind the last Santa died, they are smiles when a new Santa shows up.

  9. Its such a shame that Tim Allen had to go through all of that for the role. He was perfect for it though. No one else couldve done it better than him. Its such a blessing he agreed to do the sequels. The Santa Claus Trilogy, Elf, and the original Miracle on 34th Street are the only live action Christmas movies I watch every single year.

  10. I love this movie and always will, I couldn't see Tom hanks or anyone else play that role as well as Tim Allen did, he's great

  11. Another Fun Fact: when Scott is joking with his ex-wife about Neil's work phone number (1-800-SPANK-ME), that 'fake' number turned out to real and was later cut from future VHS & DVD releases. Only a few VHS tapes still have this scene intact. Oh, it's on YouTube as well.

  12. When I was in school I read the movie novel that there were lots of different things in the book as well. He is bullied at school by a boy who makes him say that Santa in not real but he fights back and says that he is real along with lots of other classmates.

  13. At the time of The Santa Clause, Tim Allen was starring in the ABC sitcom Home Improvement which ended in 1999. So, he was busy doing that show

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