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The Santa Clause 3 (The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause)
U.S.A. 2006

Opening 2 Nov 2006

Directed by: Michael Lembeck
Writing credits: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss
Principal actors: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson

In The Santa Clause 3, the awarding-winning Emmy director, Michael Lembeck, teams up with Walt Disney Studios as they zoom into part three of the life and times of Santa (Tim Allen) and Mrs. Clause (Elizabeth Mitchell). Santa’s head elf in toy operations, Curtis (Spencer Breslin) observes that Santa is having trouble coping with the normal day-to-day work load. He is concerned because December 24 is just around the corner and Santa, of all people, needs to be in full form. Curtis calls an emergency council meeting of the Legendary Fantasy Figures: Mother Nature (Aisah Tyler), Father Time (Peter Boyle), Easter Bunny (Jay Thomas), Cupid (Kevin Pollak), Tooth Fairy (Art La Fleur) and Sandman (Michael Dorn), looking for help. He pleads with them to come to the North Pole to observe Santa’s crisis. Curtis hopes that they will offer some solutions about relieving the pressure caused by the oncoming Christmas rush, the imminent arrival of baby Clause, and a family crisis brought on by the in-laws. Santa is in denial of his undue stress but agrees to pass on some of the work load to his dear friends on the legendary fantasy council. The most annoying member, Jack Frost (Martin Short), has Santa-envy and secretly devises a plan to convert Santa’s world to Frosty’s world. The adventure begins when Frosty mesmerizes everyone connected with Santa into declaring him unfit for the profession of Santa Claus. Frosty sabotages the “clause” in Santa’s mission. The wonderful life of Santa and the magical secrets of the North Pole are in danger of disappearing. With the magic in her snow globe, Santa’s step daughter, Lucy (Liliana Mumy), puts the thaw on Frosty’s attempt to keep his cold chill on the Christmas spirit forever, thus giving us another heart-warmer for the season. (Karen Pecota)

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