When I was a kid, there were certain VHS tapes (remember those?!) forbidden to be recorded over (remember how you could do that?!). Those untouchable tapes held family home videos, or some favorite episodes of Bob Saget hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos, or your little sister’s favorite Disney movie.
But in our house, there was one cassette extra specially untouchable: the one we recorded The Santa Clause on when it aired on network television.
If you were a kid in the ’90s, you know the 1994 holiday classic. Tim Allen wasn’t just Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor on Home Improvement or the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story—he was Kris Kringle himself . . . sort of.
Allen plays Scott Calvin, the single dad who accidentally fatally scares the real Santa off his roof, and has to assume the identity of jolly old Saint Nick. The movie follows his transformation into Santa and his relationship with his 6-year-old son, Charlie, and it’s the kind of feel-good Christmasy joy that still gets us geriatric Millennials all warm and fuzzy inside.
There have been a couple of sequels to the original flick over the years, but this year we’re getting something that might be even more fun: a Santa Clause limited series.
The Santa Clauses is streaming on Disney+ on November 16th and we are definitely sitting down with the whole family for all the fun.
Not only does Tim Allen return as Scott Calvin/Santa, but Elizabeth Mitchell is also reprising her role as his wife Carol/Mrs. Clause.
Disney describes the plot as a changing of the guard at the North Pole, where we see Scott Calvin/Santa looking for his successor as he approaches his 65th birthday. He’d like to spend more time with his family (Tim Allen’s real-life daughter, Elizabeth Allen-Dick, is cast as his on-screen daughter!) but finding the right man for the job proves to be a challenge.
The series tells the story over six episodes leading up to Christmas, and you can stream the first two episodes on Disney+ on November 16th . . . just in time to get us all into the full holiday spirit.
Merry Christmas to us!