Fans of classic Christmas films need not worry that their perennial favorites are about to be displaced by this third entry into the Santa Clause franchise. In fact, throughout most of the 92 minute running time of The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause I was looking for my own escape clause out of watching the film. However, in the true spirit of Christmas and with a feeling of total dedication to duty, I remained firmly affixed to my easy chair and watched every second of the film. It was all for you, my gentle reader, because I know how crunched your time can get around the holidays. I have made this sacrifice to save you an additional hour and a half to commit to your shopping or preparing cookies for the family. You don’t have to thank me. Just send a few cookies my way or raise a glass of eggnog to me this season. There are far too many truly great holiday films to waste on this tripe.
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Christmas is once again just around the corner and Santa (Allen) is busy with the usual naughty and nice scenarios. Mrs.Claus is teaching little elves and about to deliver a package of her own. All the while evil Jack Frost (Short) wants to get some of the attention all of the other members of the council are getting. He conspires to take over Santa’s job and use the gig to cash in. At the same time the in-laws are coming to the North Pole for a visit, believing it’s
There’s a lot to be said for the cast of the film, but the writing doesn’t take advantage of the resource. After listening to the commentary and watching the extras I’m convinced that director Michael Lembeck could not get control over his two stars. By his own admission it was difficult to rein them in, and he often just left them go off on their own way. The result is a predictable jumble of horsing around that fails to entertain on any grounds.
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The transfer is actually pretty solid. Colors are bright and vibrant, showing off the incredible North Pole sets and costumes. A lot of expected red and green hues come through with nice effect. Black levels are also fairly strong, providing a nice element of shadow and detail.
Blooper Reel: You get 3 minutes of flubs and Tim and Martin acting out. Some of this is in the closing credits as well.
Backstage Disney: The remaining features are found under this heading:
The New Comedians – On The Set With Tim And Mart: Another feature that shows just how out of control these two guys were. I’m not sure what “new comedians” means, as both of these guys have been around decades.
Creating Movie Magic: Production crewmembers and f/x folks show how a few of the visual f/x were done. While most of these f/x were top notch, the thaw of the parents was pretty lame.