The Santa Clause is a 1994 American Christmas comedy-drama movie directed by John Pasquin and written by Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick. Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who mistakenly causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve in the first movie in the Santa Clause movie franchise.
On November 11, 1994, the picture was released and made $189 million. It was well-received by critics and has since become a Christmas tradition among viewers. Its success spawned two sequels, The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), both of which were commercially successful but critical disappointments.
The entire movie was shot in the Greater Toronto Area. Lakeside, Illinois was named after Oakville. All of the reindeer in the movie came from the Toronto Zoo. All of the trains in the North Pole scene and the beginning of the movie are LGB.
The picture earned $19.3 million in its first weekend in the United States, placing it second behind Interview with the Vampire, which made $36 million. It earned $17.1 million in its second weekend, putting it in third place. It then made $20.4 million over the three-day Thanksgiving period. With new releases being limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Santa Clause was re-released in 1,581 theatres in November 2020, grossing $711,000.