THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
Use the Escape Clause
Release Date: November 03, 2006
Audience: All ages
Runtime: : ** Use the Escape Clause **
Director: Michael Lembeck
Executive Producer: William Wilson III and James Miller
Writer: Ed Dector and John J. Strauss
Address Comments To:Robert Iger, President/CEO
The Walt Disney Company
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, and Buena Vista Distribution)
Dick Cook, Chairman
The Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
Jack Frost learns of a way to turn back Time and take the role of Santa, along with the fame that goes with it. He just needs to get Santa to wish that he had never become Santa. Frost creates havoc in Santa’s workshop, manipulating elves and creating doubt in the mind of Santa's family. As a side plot, Mrs. Claus is lonely and wants to share her pregnancy and birth with “tall people.” So, in order to appease his wife, Santa finds a way to bring them to the North Pole. He has to pretend, however that he is a toymaker in Canada. All this leads to mayhem as Santa tries to set everything right.
Frost succeeds in turning back Time and becoming Santa. Tim Allen returns to life as it would have been had he not become Santa. Meanwhile, the impact of giving in to our baser instincts is shown as Frost’s greed, selfishness and pagan attitude impacts the world.
THE SANTA CLAUSE 3 is a slapstick comedy, made for children and families. The plot is ill defined and hard to follow at times. Martin Short is a great comedian and hysterical at times, but has some real creepy moments in this film. Too much time is taken in the beginning setting up the plot, which leads to a rushed resolution of plot conflict. Santa is depicted as a well-intentioned savior figure, and the world responds to his lead. This movie, however, makes no mention of the true meaning of Christmas and exaggerates the role of Santa Clause in our world. While Santa exudes goodness and the importance of self-sacrifice and non-pagan views, no mention is made to where goodness and love come from God.
THE SANTA CLAUSE 3 does strongly depict the need for a father, which is often not present in today’s media. Santa wants to get it right with his family this time, and the film shows restored and positive relationship with both his son and his extended family.
THE SANTA CLAUSE 3 is a funny movie, but has some creepy elements. It is clearly a sequel, not as good as THE SANTA CLAUSE and hopefully will be the last in its run. The movie has some plot problems and can be really corny at times, but with no language, and limited violence with no one really getting hurt, it is a silly movie that kids will probably enjoy. It will be important, however, to discuss the true meaning of Christmas in the Christ child as well. As we all should know by now, Jesus Christ is the real reason for the season.
THE SANTA CLAUSE 3 is a slapstick comedy made for children and families. The plot is ill defined and hard to keep up with at times. Martin Short is a great comedian and hysterical at times, but has some real creepy moments in this film. Too much time is taken in the beginning setting up the plot, which leads to a rushed resolution of plot conflict. Although the movie extols some positive moral, biblical principles and contains few objectionable elements, it makes no mention of Jesus Christ, the real reason for the Christmas season.