TV review: ‘Santa Clauses’ is magical enough with a few lumps of coal – UPI News | Episode Movies


Santa Claus (Tim Allen) returns in The Santa Clauses. Photo courtesy of Disney

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) — The SantasPremiered Wednesday on Disney+, is decent overall santa claus 4, at least in the first two episodes. Santa occasionally breaks his character and reveals too much of the real Tim Allen, but it’s still more entertaining than santa claus 3.

Scott Calvin (Allen) is still Santa Claus. His children with Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell) are teenagers, and his first son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) has grown up with a family of his own.

There are some strong themes about what Christmas means in modern times. On a Christmas Eve, Santa Claus thinks his nice list is too short.

Not only is this a relevant issue for the rise of naughtiness in society, but Santa Claus also realizes that modern children no longer need Santa Claus and therefore stop believing in him. That’s enough to build a Santa Claus show, but unfortunately Allen can’t help it.

Santa will drop some one-liners that sound a lot more Allen Standup than Santa Claus. When Santa Claus complains that saying “Merry Christmas everyone” has become problematic, anyone living in the real world where people say “Merry Christmas” when they feel like it feels like they will he see a right science fiction.

Last Man Standing Creator Jack Burditt created The Santas, so it seems Allen’s personal beliefs are more sympathetic than the films. Allen is genuinely cute as Santa and even as his grouchy Scott Calvin alter ego, but it’s heartbreaking when the real Allen comes through.

Santa and the elves are becoming more forgiving on the list of naughties and niceties. Santa would learn to go beyond a binary judging system would be clever, but unfortunately Santa is taking more of an “off my lawn” approach in updating North Pole policy.

Elves suggest renaming the naughty list to the misunderstood list. They decide that offenses like disrupting class could stem from ADHD, so they don’t count that as naughty.

There are also some unfortunate and needless fat-phobic jokes about Santa gaining 200 pounds after the wedding. Poor Mitchell is being saddled with it.

With fewer children believing, Santa returns to Scott Calvin. That means losing weight and Santa will be shamed for being skinny.

This probably sounds like a clever reversal of fat shaming to someone who has never experienced it. Unfortunately, mocking a fictional character who wants to keep her funny belly is still fatphobic.

If Allen is just Santa, he has some funny one-liners. They’re no laughing matter, but they’re pleasant tongue twisters, dad jokes, and reactions to the real-world heat.

There’s also plenty of physical comedy with over-the-top slapstick and magical shenanigans. There are also Christmas covers of popular rock songs performed by the elves.

There are some fun callbacks to the original Santa Claus The film and the elves reveal a fourth clause to Santa Claus. Each sequel added another clause to keep the story going.

It’s good to catch up with the Calvins/Clauses and the new North Pole Elves. The elves are played by new child actors because the kids from the movies have grown up in real life.

The supporting cast are overdone at Disney levels, but the family is genuine. The Claus family has lived in a fantasy world for so long that they long for a little normalcy, which is just as relevant as Santa’s split from Charlie due to his mythical responsibilities.

The Santas also introduces a new character, Simon Choksi (Kal Penn). Simon is a single father to Grace and he is trying to invent a faster delivery system for an online retailer.

It’s clear that Simon will need some Santa Claus magic to make his invention work and will teach him to pay more attention to Grace.

There’s a heartwarming Christmas show The Santas. Hopefully subsequent episodes can step out of the way and focus on universal magic for even mundane viewers to enjoy.

Fred Topel, who attended film school at Ithaca College, is a UPI entertainment writer based in Los Angeles. He has been a professional film critic since 1999, a Rotten Tomatoes critic since 2001, and a member of the Television Critics Association since 2012. Read more about his work in entertainment.

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