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The Santa Clauses On Disney+ - What We Know So Far

There are more movies about Santa Claus than you can shake a jingle bell at. From the 1947 heartwarming family classic "Miracle on 34th Street" to the 1964 so-bad-it's-good classic "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" to 2003's irreverent "Bad Santa," there's a Santa Claus movie for just about everyone.

1994's "The Santa Clause" remains a Christmas classic to this day. Tim Allen plays the unfortunate Scott Calvin, who, because he fails to read the fine print on a contract, accidentally volunteers to become the new Santa Claus when the previous one falls off his roof. The film garnered two sequels in 2002's "The Santa Clause 2" and 2006's "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause."

While some fans have hoped for a "Santa Clause 4," with over 15 years passing since the release of the film's third chapter, a fourth film seemed almost impossible. That is until January 2022, when Disney announced a new "The Santa Clause" miniseries, which was later renamed "The Santa Clauses."

Soon it will be time to leave out milk and cookies for jolly old Saint Nick, so here's everything we know so far about the upcoming "The Santa Clauses" miniseries.

When will The Santa Clauses be released?

According to Deadline, Disney announced the premiere date for the upcoming series as November 16 at the 2022 D23 expo in Anaheim, California. The first two episodes will be released on that day on Disney+. Presumably, the remaining four episodes will be released for streaming on the platform on a weekly basis after that, which would mean that the finale would be released on December 14. According to the D23 website, filming began in March of 2022 in Los Angeles, meaning that the production team had to turn the perpetually sunny city into a winter wonderland.

The D23 site does refer to "The Santa Clauses" as a limited series, so it's unlikely that there will be more than one season to the show unless there's an unanticipated fan response. The show will be available exclusively on Disney+, with no word yet on if there will be a physical release of the series for those who don't want to subscribe.

What is the plot of The Santa Clauses?

According to an EW article, the series takes place after the events of the original "The Santa Clause" trilogy. In the miniseries, Santa Claus/Scott Calvin has two children with Mrs. Claus who have lived at the North Pole their entire lives: Buddy, who was born at the end of the third "Santa Clause" movie, and his younger sister Sandra, who is 13 years old. Santa finds himself now wanting to retire so that his children can move to Chicago and start experiencing the real world. But, before he can do that, Santa has to find a replacement Santa, and preferably not by falling off a roof like his predecessor. One of the challenges that Santa will have to face is his daughter Sandra's reluctance to leave the North Pole after it's all she's known her whole life.

According to Deadline, the series will answer questions about Santa, such as explaining why Mrs. Claus doesn't have a first name and will delve more into the history of Santa Claus within the "Santa Clause" universe. This will be a welcome treat for fans, as the original trilogy gave little information about the role of Santa before Scott Calvin took over the position.

Who is starring in The Santa Clauses?

According to the aforementioned EW article, Tim Allen will be reprising his role from the movies as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus, Elizabeth Mitchell will return as Mrs. Claus, and Eric Lloyd will once again return as Scott's son from his first marriage, Charlie. Buddy will be played by Austin Kane, and the role of Sandra will be played by Tim Allen's own real-life daughter, Elizabeth Allen-Dick, although Allen insists that she didn't get the part through nepotism. 

"I wanted to put my youngest daughter as an elf, just so she'd see herself in a movie," Allen explains. "But as she was reading for that, she read so well that they said, 'We'd like to read her for more of a part.' I said, 'Whatever you want to do. I want nothing to do with it. I don't want to pitch my daughter for a part in the movie.' But she ended up moving to the high ranks. They loved how she read, loved it so much, because she's playing a 13-year-old girl and she is 13. They ended up casting her as Santa's daughter. It was a surprise but it became the most amazing experience."

In July 2022, Deadline reported that David Krumholtz would return to his role as head elf Bernard, a role that he played in the first two films in the trilogy but which he did not return for in the third movie. Other actors announced include Devin Bright as Noel, Matilda Lawler as Betty, Rupali Redd as Grace, Kal Penn as Simon Choski, and Peyton Manning as himself.

Is there a trailer for The Santa Clauses?

Yes, there certainly is! The teaser trailer was released in September 2022 at the D23 expo. In the teaser trailer, Santa makes an announcement to his elves that he plans to retire "for the good of Christmas" and "for the good of my family." Santa then starts interviewing replacement Santas, beginning with a special surprising cameo by retired quarterback Peyton Manning, who is excited about the chance to take on the Santa Claus role so he can brag about it to his rival, Tom Brady. The trailer also confirms the casting of both David Krumholtz and Elizabeth Mitchell. Since the trailer is only a little over one minute long, it's still possible that a longer trailer is still to come before the miniseries' release date.

Fan reactions on Twitter to the teaser when it was tweeted out by the show's official Twitter account were mostly positive, with users like @KSINDYFAN62 and @gameboyknight focusing on the return of Bernard, demonstrating just how big of a deal Krumholtz's return to the franchise really is for fans.

Who is producing The Santa Clauses?

According to Deadline, Jason Winer has been chosen to direct at least one episode of the series and will also be one of the executive producers. Winer was previously an executive producer on shows like "Modern Family" and the short-lived series "The Big Leap," both of which he also directed episodes for.

Jack Burditt is also executive producing as well as serving as the series showrunner. Burditt has been executive producer for a number of hit shows, including "Frasier," "Just Shoot Me," "30 Rock," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Modern Family," and even served as executive producer on Tim Allen's series "Last Man Standing." According to the Emmy website, Burditt has been nominated for 11 Emmys and has won five of them, three for "30 Rock" and two for "Frasier."

Other executive producers for the show are Jon Radler, Richard Baker, Rick Messina, Kevin Hench, and Tim Allen himself.

Where to watch the original Santa Clause trilogy

Fans might want to catch up on all three movies ahead of the miniseries' November 16th premiere date. So, where does one go to find the "Santa Clause" trilogy? Well, thankfully, you'll be able to find all three movies in the exact same place you'll find the miniseries: on Disney+.

While the movies are available for rent or purchase in other places like Amazon or Vudu, Disney+ is currently the only streaming service to offer all three movies under one subscription price. Luckily for fans, this means they don't need a separate streaming service to get caught up on the movies ahead of the premiere. This isn't always the case with streaming services that launch a reboot of an old franchise, so it's super convenient to have them all under one umbrella. So maybe now would be a good time to check out the original three movies before "The Santa Clauses" hits Disney+ on November 16.