The first trailer for The Santa Clauses has dropped. The TV show aims to be a continuation of The Santa Clause film series, with Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin aiming to retire as Santa Claus and spend some time with his family, which has grown since the last film was released back in 2006.
Allen was confirmed to be returning for a Santa Clause television show for Disney Plus way back in January. The series eventually gained the title The Santa Clauses, and it was confirmed that many of the original cast members of the franchise would be returning. The franchise, which began back in 1994 with The Santa Clause, has lain dormant for 16 years since The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause premiered. The basic plot of the franchise is that Scott Calvin accidentally killed the last Santa Claus, thinking he was a home invader. Since a Santa is required, he ends up embracing the role to continue the Christmas spirit, though it puts a strain on his relationships.
The Santa Clauses trailer features plenty of returning characters, including Scott’s wife, Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Scott’s son Charlie from the original film (still played by Eric Lloyd). Fan-favorite elf Bernard (David Krumholtz) also makes a return after being absent in the third film of the series. The Santa Clauses trailer showcases the plot of the Disney Plus series, in which the Christmas mood has been down these last few years and Scott Calvin seeks to retire to spend time with his wife and adolescent children, Buddy “Cal” Calvin-Claus (born in the third film of the series and played here by Austin Kane) and Sandra Calvin-Claus (played by Elizabeth Allen Dick). Scott’s unseen replacement, however, appears to be destroying Christmas, which causes elves to start disappearing. Scott and his family then set off back to the North Pole to save the elves they’ve come to know and love.
The Santa Clause isn’t the only Christmas classic that’s getting a sequel. A Christmas Story sequel was announced earlier this year, and it is slated to premiere around the same time as The Santa Clauses. Both projects will revolve around older versions of their central characters trying to focus on their families, as A Christmas Story Christmas will tell the story of adult Ralphie trying to give his children the perfect holiday. It looks like this year’s holiday season will be full of nostalgia.
The Santa Clauses looks promising, as it seems to be full of fan service but won’t be relying on it. Kal Penn’s new character in particular seems to be playing a major part, and Scott’s son Cal is eager to go out and explore the world on his own, after having spent much of it at the North Pole (his dream is to meet a crossing guard). It looks like a fun adventure for the family and a unique Christmas adventure since, usually, Christmas is reserved for movies.
The Santa Clauses premieres on Disney Plus on November 16, 2022.
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