It’s been 28 years since Tim Allen’s first The Santa Clause film was released in theaters. Three decades and three movies later, Tim is wearing his red and white suit again to play his beloved Christmas role. The series is Santa Clauses and can be viewed on Disney+.
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The six-part limited series features Tim’s character Scott Calvin (better known as Santa Claus), as he struggles with age changes and maintaining the holiday spirit in modern society.
When I first met Tim, an executive producer on the Santa Clauses, I told him I was eight when the Santa Clause film premiered in 1994. I said that the “kid at heart” in me had nostalgically enjoyed watching him return to the screen in his iconic holiday role.
Tim responded, “More than that, I’m excited we won’t disappoint. As far as I could see, I wouldn’t have let it go until we honored precisely the people and things that made me turn to that film. It was a great experience. John Pasquin, the director, was a great inspiration. I loved the work of the writers, but I also appreciate your thoughts.
It’s been 16 years since he wore the Santa suit in Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. I wanted to know how Tim and Disney first discussed this series to make it a reality.
Tim says that Disney+ needed content. “On our creative side, how can you make the [first film] relevant and better?” I was satisfied with that. Jack Burditt, the author, came up with a new idea. We tweaked it. We meant me. I said, “I don’t like all of this,” but he added, “But that little core is wonderful.” Jack Burditt also wrote the original idea for Last Man Standing, and it was molded into the show we had.
Tim’s The Santa Clauses stars include actress Elizabeth Mitchell, who has played Tim’s on-screen love interests Carol/Mrs. I spoke briefly with Tim about acting as Santa Clause since The Santa Clause 3 films.
Elizabeth says that Tim makes her stomach hurt, and he makes her laugh. “At the end of it all, I trust and like Tim. Getting to be there, and getting to spend time with his daughter, Elizabeth, was a great experience. Jane, Tim’s wife, was there most days – it was heaven! They were so wonderful, and I had the best time!
Kal Penn has joined the Santa Universe as the not-so–nice-list big-business executive Simon. He expressed his excitement to work with Tim. Kal says, “Obviously, Tim Allen is a huge fan.” The same with Elizabeth Mitchell. The first Santa Clause movie was released when I was in high school. This quickly became part of the Christmas film rotation. My inner geek was excited to see the continuation of these classic films.
Actor Devin Bright plays Noel, Santa’s right-hand man in The Santa Clauses. He says that Tim is “always super funny.” He is a comedian off-camera. He’s as funny as he is on camera. But he can flip the switch when the cameras roll to get to his character. You can also learn from him about how he thinks and operates. It’s incredible how he cares about the stories and wants everything to make sense.
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Actress Matilda Lawler plays the role of The North Pole’s operations chief Betty. She told, “I wasn’t certain what I was hoping because he’s so funny on-screen, but he’s just as funny offscreen. He is a joy to have around. He brings joy to the table and always has a positive outlook.”
Cal, Santa’s teenage son in The Santa Clauses, is played by Austin Kane. He tells me that he felt a bond with Tim and Elizabeth from the beginning of the filming. Austin says, “We immediately jumped in, and it was basically like a second family.” “The chemistry was already there.”
The debut of Tim’s second child Sandra was natural for him. This is because Elizabeth Allen-Dick, Tim’s real-life little girl, played the role. Tim tells me that The Santa Clauses was her first Hollywood role.
Tim recalled his conversation with The Santa Clauses cast team about Elizabeth’s audition. He said, “They ask if she has ever done this?’ I replied, “Well, she did all the comedy bits on Last Man Standing because she wanted to understand the timing. She was the only one who got the part.”
Tim told me his playful warning to his new co-star after his daughter had been cast. I sat down on the stage with her and told her I was Tim Allen, comedian, actor, and potty mouth. So, I don’t want you telling mom anything I said. This filthy comedian pretending to be Santa Claus is around children. This is a recipe for disaster! My child – I was friendly, did my job well, and didn’t get in her way. She was kind, respectful, and shined. It was amazing. It was incredible.”
Tim has a long and distinguished career, including his memorable Santa appearances and his other roles on sitcoms such as Home Improvement or Last Man Standing. I wanted to see how Tim’s approach to the business side of Hollywood has changed since his early days as an actor.
Tim says, “Well, I just adapt.” “Right now, what was network TV was effortless. It was Nielsen ratings that were converted into advertising dollars. It’s straightforward. Movies – the box office is king. If you do a significant box office, you already know what you made. You want to be politically correct with this new show, streaming. Bill Maher’s old program Politically Correct was what I loved. Let’s dance around the censorship. It’s a bit disguised and different right now. I need help understanding what streaming is.
I don’t have Disney+ or Netflix. It is not for us. Therefore, it isn’t easy to negotiate when you don’t fully understand the business. It isn’t easy to understand the analytics, and I don’t even know what they are. However, that’s not what motivates me right now. Creativity and entertaining people, making them happy, excited, funny, and happy motivates me. It’s all about the crew and the union to me. If I am taken care of, everyone will take care of me. That will be solved.