Get ready to have a good belly laugh! 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.
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. It starred the Home Improvement actor, 66, as Scott Calvin, a regular guy who unwittingly makes Santa Clause fall off his roof on Christmas Eve. Due to this turn of events, Scott — who is surrounded by son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) and ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson) — finds himself forced to put on the iconic red suit take on Kris Kringle’s all-important job — with the help of head elf Bernard (David Krumholtz), of course.
The Santa Clause was quite successful, raking in nearly $145 million in the U.S. as well as almost $190 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, and earning a fresh core of 74 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. 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. As is the typical outcome, neither of these follow-ups achieved the critical or commercial success of the original.
Given the goofy circumstances in which Scott becomes Santa, it surprised many fans when Tim revealed to 20/20 in 2017 that he was originally supposed to become the beloved character an entirely different — and darker — way. “[Originally], I shot him,” he detailed. “And [DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey] Katzenberg was adamant, ‘We can’t start a movie like that.'”
Plus, he also took some advice from one of the greats. “I remember a long time ago a guy told me that Walt Disney had said, ‘If you can’t say it on a one-sheet, it’s probably not a very good movie’ And this is a very simple movie,” Tim noted, then explaining why his movie worked so well. “You get the idea, I’m somehow going to be involved with Santa Claus. So the comedy’s there, but what you’re not prepared for, well at least I wasn’t, was the emotion of this thing.”
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