|The Santa Clause 2|
|Directed by||Michael Lembeck|
|Produced by||Robert F. Newmyer
|Written by||Leo Benvenuti
Steve Rudnick (characters)
John J. Strauss
|Music by||George S. Clinton|
|Editing by||David Finfer
Edward A. Warschilka
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Release date(s)||November 1, 2002 (US)
November 29, 2002 (UK)
|Running time||105 min.|
|Preceded by||The Santa Clause|
|Followed by||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause|
The Santa Clause 2 (also known as Santa Clause 2 or The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause) is a 2002 American film and the sequel to the 1994 film, The Santa Clause. All the principal actors from the first film reprise their roles, except for Peter Boyle, who returns portraying another character. According to Box Office Mojo, the film cost around $65 million to make and had domestic (U.S.) box office receipts approaching $140 million. The film was followed by another sequel, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, made in 2006.
Eight years have gone by since Scott Calvin first took up the Santa suit, and became subject to The Santa Clause. Now Santa is at the top of his game at the North Pole and could not be happier, at least until Bernard and Curtis, the Keeper of the Handbook of Christmas break the news; there is another clause-the "Mrs. Clause".
Santa/Scott is now pressed to get married before the next Christmas Eve, or the clause will be broken and Christmas will die away. At the same time, Abby the Elf delivers news that is more distressing; Santa's own son Charlie is on the naughty list. Scott must return to his home to search for a wife and set things right with Charlie. He even brings this up when visited by the Council of Legendary Figures consisting of Mother Nature, Father Time, Cupid, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman.
To cover for Santa's prolonged absence, Curtis helps Santa create a life-size toy replica of Santa. However, this larger-than-life legalist cannot find any grace or slack in his plastic heart for minor infractions by children the world over, having followed the Handbook too strictly. Toy Santa takes control of the North Pole with a duplicated army of life-size toy soldiers. He thinks that everyone is naughty, and he plans to give the entire world lumps of coal.
Because of the impending end of his contract, Scott undergoes a "de-Santafication process" which gradually turns him back into Scott Calvin. He has a limited amount of magic to help him. Scott attempts to reconcile with Charlie, who keeps vandalizing his school to get attention. He and Charlie both hit the cold, hard wall of the school's principal Carol Newman.
Charlie confesses to Scott how hard it is for him that Scott is never around like other fathers, and reveals the stress he is under to conceal the secret that his father is Santa. Scott vows to try harder as a dad, and he and Charlie reconcile.
After a few failed dates, Scott finds himself falling for Carol. He accompanies her in a sleigh to their school faculty Christmas party, which turns out to be dull and boring. Using a little of his Christmas magic, Scott livens up the party by presenting everyone with their childhood dream gifts (much like he did for Neil and Laura in the first film). He makes a special presentation to Carol, and, with his last remnant of magic, wins her over. However, she balks when he attempts to explain he is Santa, believing that Scott is mocking her childhood, until Charlie manages to convince her by showing her his magic snow globe.
Curtis flies in to deliver the dreadful news about the Evil Toy Santa's coal binge. However, Scott has used up the last of his magic wooing Carol and Comet has eaten too many chocolate bars. With a little help from the Tooth Fairy, Santa and Curtis return to the North Pole. Toy Santa wastes no time in subduing Scott, but Charlie and a now-believing Carol spring him free by summoning the Tooth Fairy to fly them there. Scott goes after the Toy Santa, who has already left with the sleigh, riding Chet, a reindeer-in-training, and they both crash back into the village. With an army of elves, Bernard, Scott, Carol and Charlie lead a snowball war to overthrow the toy soldiers. Toy Santa is reduced to his normal six-inch height, Carol marries Scott in a ceremony presided over by Mother Nature herself, Scott transforms back to Santa, and Christmas proceeds as it always has. In addition, Charlie and Scott reveal the truth to Lucy, Charlie's younger half-sister (the daughter of Laura and Neil) about Scott being Santa Claus so she is now in on the secret.
Producer Brian Reilly said, "Santa has to find a way to deal with being a dad in a time of crisis for his son, and balance that with keeping the North Pole running for all the children of the world. He also has a meeting with other magical people."
When Scott is trying to stop Toy Santa from taking the sleigh, Toy Santa says, "You are a sad, strange little man." This is what Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) says to Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) under a big rig at the main Dinoco gas station in the movie Toy Story. Another Easter Egg in this movie is the Kim Possible poster in Lucy's bedroom. As it's said that it's a tradition in Disney movies to have things from other Disney movies appear in them: like in "Finding Nemo" in the dentist's office a Buzz Lightyear action figure can be seen in the waiting room.
Original Release Date: November 1, 2002
The film has been released on DVD in 2003.