The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is a 2006 American Christmas fantasy comedy adventure film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the third and final film in the Santa Clause film series following The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2.
- Starring : Tim Allen / Elizabeth Mitchell
- Genre : Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy
- Country : United States / Canada
- Language : English
- Director : Michael Lembeck
- Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Boxing Cat Films / Outlaw Productions (I) / Santa Frost Productions / Rankin/Bass Productions
- Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures / Buena Vista International / Columbia Pictures / ABC Family / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / BBC One / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney Channel / Freeform / Gativideo / ITV 2 / SBS6 / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause movie
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause release date
- November 2, 2006 : Germany
- November 3, 2006 : USA
- November 8, 2006 : Philippines (Manila)
- November 16, 2006 : Australia
- November 24, 2006 : UK
- November 24, 2006 : Ireland
- December 2, 2006 : Japan
- December 22, 2006 : Spain
- November 14, 2007 : Sweden (DVD premiere)
- November 21, 2007 : France (DVD premiere)
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause cast
- Tim Allen as Santa / Scott Calvin
- Elizabeth Mitchell as Mrs. Claus / Carol
- Eric Lloyd as Charlie
- Judge Reinhold as Neil Miller
- Wendy Crewson as Laura Miller
- Spencer Breslin as Curtis
- Liliana Mumy as Lucy Miller
- Martin Short as Jack Frost
- Ann-Margret as Sylvia Newman
- Alan Arkin as Bud Newman
- Abigail Breslin as Trish
- Art LaFleur as Tooth Fairy
- Aisha Tyler as Mother Nature
- Kevin Pollak as Cupid
- Jay Thomas as Easter Bunny
The film stars Tim Allen returning as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus and Martin Short as Jack Frost. Allen and Short had previously worked together in the 1997 Disney comedy feature film, Jungle 2 Jungle. Most of the supporting actors from the first two films reprise their roles, with the exception of David Krumholtz, who played Bernard the Arch-elf. As a result of his absence, Curtis (played by Spencer Breslin), who was previously the Assistant Head Elf, has now been promoted to Bernard’s former position. Like the previous film, this film was shot in the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Calgary. This was Peter Boyle’s final film to be released before he died from cancer one month after its release. (The 2008 film All Roads Lead Home would be released posthumously.)
Its production was completed in February 2006. The movie was released in theaters on November 3, 2006 in the US followed by a release date of November 24 for the UK. The DVD and Blu-ray were released on November 20, 2007 in the U.S. and November 12, 2007 for the UK.
12 years have passed since Scott Calvin took on the mantle of Santa Claus and married Carol Newman, who has now become a teacher in the North Pole. On Christmas Eve, she tells a group of young elves a story from her life with Scott while expecting their first child. Scott invites his in-laws, Sylvia and Bud Newman, to the North Pole, along with Scott’s former wife Laura, her husband Neil, their daughter Lucy, and Scott’s son Charlie. Meanwhile, he is summoned to a meeting of the Council of Legendary Figures, consisting of Mother Nature, Father Time, the Easter Bunny, Cupid, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman, concerning the behavior of Jack Frost, who is jealous that he has no holiday or special occasion in his honor. Because he has been promoting himself during the Christmas season, Mother Nature suggests sanctions against him. When Scott says he is dealing with how to get the in-laws to come without revealing that he is Santa, Jack Frost negotiates a light sentence of community service at the North Pole, helping Scott and the elves put up various Canadian-themed paraphernalia, as Carol’s parents believe Scott is a toy-maker in Canada; Scott consents.
However, Frost’s ultimate goal is to trick Santa into renouncing his position. When elf Curtis inadvertently reveals the “Escape Clause,” Frost sneaks into Santa’s hall of snow globes and steals one containing Scott as Santa. If Scott holds the globe and says, “I wish I’d never been Santa at all,” he will go back in time and undo his career as Santa. When Lucy discovers this, Frost freezes her parents and locks her in a closet. He then orchestrates situations that make Scott think he must resign to make things better.
Frost tricks Scott into invoking the Escape Clause and both are sent to Scott’s front yard in 1994, when Scott caused the original Santa to fall off of his roof and had to replace him. Frost causes the original Santa to fall off the roof and grabs Santa’s coat before Scott can, making Frost the new Santa. Scott is sent back to the present day, where he has been CEO of his old company for the last 12 years and business takes priority over family. Scott also learns that Laura and Neil divorced and Carol moved away years ago.
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