The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause


The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Critics Consensus

Playing Jack Frost as an evil cross between Liza Minnelli and Liberace, Martin Short is a welcome presence, but this tired series continues drawing from its bag of bland gags and dumb slapstick.



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Tim Allen returns as a regular guy-turned-Jolly Old Elf in the second sequel to the 1994 hit The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), who doubles as Santa Claus, has settled into his home at the North Pole with his new wife, Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell), and is preparing for another Christmas when he receives a visitor -- Jack Frost (Martin Short), the cold-weather sprite who has been sent to help out St. Nick by Mother Nature (Aisha Tyler) and Father Time (Peter Boyle) after making a scene at a meeting of the Council of Legendary Figures. However, while Jack is supposed to acting as an assistant to Santa, he has a habit of making things go haywire, and as it happens this is no mistake -- Jack is hoping that an exasperated Santa will quit his position so Jack can take over and finally have a holiday he can bend to his will. Meanwhile, Scott has invited Carol's parents, Bud (Alan Arkin) and Sylvia (Ann-Margaret), over for a long-promised visit, but since he needs to keep his other identity a secret, he and his elves are forced to go to great lengths to convince them that they're actually in Northern Canada. Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold, and Spencer Breslin also reprise their roles from the first two Santa Clause films. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Tim Allen
as Santa/Scott Calvin
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Mrs. Claus/Carol
Martin Short
as Jack Frost
Judge Reinhold
as Neil Miller
Alan Arkin
as Bud Newman
Liliana Mumy
as Lucy Miller
as Sylvia Newman
Peter Boyle
as Father Time
Art LaFleur
as Tooth Fairy
Tim Dougherty
as Masonry Elf
Darian Bryant
as Worker Elf No.2
Cameron Monaghan
as Traffic Cop No.1
Ryan Heinke
as Traffic Cop No.2
Elizabeth Small
as Baker Elf
Brittney Rippeon
as Elfette Dancer
Emily Blair
as Elfette Dancer
Jordan Felix
as Elfette Dancer
Michael Dorn
as Sandman
Courtney Soren
as Elfette Dancer
Eric Lloyd
as Charlie
Jay Thomas
as Easter Bunny
Charlie Stewart
as Dr. Hismus
Chantel Valdivieso
as Worker Elf No.1
Andrew Vo
as Elf No.4
Wendy Crewson
as Laura Miller
Alec Plotkin
as Engineer Elf No.1
Tony Bustamante
as Fireman Elf
Brittany Bhagia
as Elfette Dancer
Alana Brady
as Elfette Dancer
Kristen Fukuto
as Elfette Dancer
Alexis House-Gonsalves
as Elfette Dancer
Caitlin Moravek
as Elfette Dancer
Aisha Tyler
as Mother Nature
Eshe Imani Gibbs
as Elfette Dancer
Alexandria Kessinger
as Elfette Dancer
Kindra Reyling
as Elfette Dancer
Ridge Canipe
as Elf No.2
Kate Emerick
as Elf No.3
Tom Hornof
as Security Guard
Zach Mills
as Carpenter Elf
Eric Plotkin
as Engineer Elf No.2
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Critic Reviews for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

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Audience Reviews for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

  • Dec 20, 2012
    The Santa Clause goes all "It's a Wonderful Life" in its third installment, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Jack Frost, envious of Santa Claus's popularity, tricks Scott Calvin into wishing that he'd never become Santa; giving him a taste of what the world would have been like had he not put on the red suit. The story is just awful; it's lazy, contrived, and flat out ridiculous. And the bland performances from Tim Allen, Martin Short and Elizabeth Mitchell don't help matters. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is an uninspired piece of trite that just recycles material from other, better films.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2012
    The nice present of Martin Short, don't change the fact of The Santa Clause 3 be an unnecessary and tired movie.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2011
    A horrid and unnecessary third installment that is what it sets out to be, a money maker for Tim Allen and Disney in their creativity drained days. Martin Short and some visual sparkle get this film a star, but it should have been much better. And it still is so weird how well he gets along with his ex-wife and her husband and daughter. The family situation there is too unrealistic to even remotely resemble holiday cheer.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Cheesy crap that is a waste of christmas
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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