History Film / SantaClausTheMovie

17th Oct '17 10:20:39 AM Sapphirea2
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* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Most of the elves seem to be living in the ancient past, utterly aware of the outside world or how times have changed. Notably averted with Patch, who seems to be aware of (and even predicting) modern technology such as television and indoor heating.

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* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Most of the elves seem to be living in the ancient past, utterly aware of the outside world or how times have changed. Notably averted with Patch, who seems to be aware of (and even predicting) modern technology such as television television, alarm clocks, and indoor heating.



* GadgeteerGenius / BunglingInventor: Patch, as noted above, is not a FishOutOfTemporalWater as the other elves are and is capable of creating wonderful things, but falls straight into the latter trope whenever his enthusiasm blinds him to the potential flaws of those things, resulting first in the mass-production system (which when operated at full speed malfunctions, resulting in defective toys) and later the candy canes (which will explode if exposed to heat too long) going horribly wrong. The {{Novelization}} sees this as his major character flaw, noting that his mind "was as bright as a star, but as undisciplined as it was unique."



* {{Novelization}}: Several were produced: A traditional novelization and a storybook with extensive photos, both by the same author and revealing major backstory about the elves and Joe, and several paperback picture books for younger kids (some specifically distributed through [=McDonald's=] restaurants; see ProductPlacement below) that each focused on a specific stretch of the story.

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* {{Novelization}}: Several were produced: A traditional novelization and a storybook with abridgment of same that added extensive photos, both by the same author and revealing major backstory about the elves and Joe, and several paperback picture books for younger kids (some specifically distributed through [=McDonald's=] restaurants; see ProductPlacement below) that each focused on a specific stretch of the story.
17th Oct '17 9:58:55 AM Sapphirea2
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* AppliedPhlebotinum: Stardust, which is capable of temporarily inducing flight and mixed in with the reindeer's fodder on Christmas Eve for Santa's big journey around the Earth. As it turns out, it also works on humans, becoming the secret ingredient in the lollipops that Patch creates and making them a must-have item around the world. Unfortunately, when exposed too long to heat (which is not an issue at the North Pole) stardust becomes explosive, and the candy canes intended for Christmas II have more of it as an ingredient at B.Z.'s orders...

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: Stardust, which is capable of temporarily inducing flight and flight. It's mixed in with the reindeer's fodder on Christmas Eve for Santa's big journey around the Earth. As it turns out, it The Patchmobile follows suit by running on stardust-laced fuel. Most important to the plot, stardust also works on humans, becoming the secret ingredient in the lollipops that Patch creates and making them a must-have item around the world. Unfortunately, when exposed too long to heat (which is not an issue at the North Pole) stardust becomes explosive, and the candy canes intended for Christmas II have more of it as an ingredient at B.Z.'s orders...


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* {{Thememobile}}: The Patchmobile, a mostly-wooden flying car that Patch creates and uses to distribute the lollipops as his equivalent to Santa's sleigh.
17th Oct '17 9:52:12 AM Sapphirea2
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* TheThemeParkVersion: The "North Pole" created for the TV commercial used to unveil the lollipops to the world is a chintzy VarietyShow-style set with an overblown production number to go with it. Patch is upset by the whole business because it doesn't remotely resemble the warm, wooden city set in the quiet Arctic that he knows and misses, but Towzer explains "The public doesn't want the reality, they want the dream."
17th Oct '17 9:47:42 AM Sapphirea2
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* CoolToy: Or rather, a Cool Treat: Patch's lollipops allow people who consume them to temporarily fly thanks to the secret ingredient of stardust. Beat ''that'', [[Film/JingleAllTheWay Turbo Man!]] B.Z. realizes that giving them away for free at Christmas will create such huge demand for more that he'll have no problem charging kids/their parents the next time around. From there, the candy canes are intended to be even cooler, with more stardust in them to allow people to fly higher, but that also makes them more dangerous.
17th Oct '17 9:40:21 AM Sapphirea2
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* AppliedPhlebotinum: Stardust, which is capable of temporarily inducing flight and mixed in with the reindeer's fodder on Christmas Eve for Santa's big journey around the Earth. As it turns out, it also works on humans, becoming the secret ingredient in the lollipops that Patch creates and making them a must-have item around the world. Unfortunately, when exposed too long to heat (which is not an issue at the North Pole) stardust becomes explosive, and the candy canes intended for Christmas II have more of it as an ingredient at B.Z.'s orders...
17th Oct '17 9:33:00 AM Sapphirea2
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Upon freeing Joe, Patch is shocked to learn from the boy that he actually made matters worse for Santa with his attempt to get back into his good graces. It doesn't help that Joe doesn't know what Patch actually is (he thought him to just be a "weird guy on TV") or that he didn't know he was being manipulated by B.Z., so Joe straight-up regards him as a villain until the ChekhovsGun of the figurine falls out of his coat.


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* StartMyOwn: An unusual version. After the disaster of the mass-production system leads to Patch losing his job as Santa's assistant, he sets off to the human world to create and distribute another invention, and with B.Z.'s assistance becomes Santa's rival the next Christmas. But Patch never intends to ''stay'' in New York. He believes that proving he can get things right will make Santa restore his position as second-in-command and perhaps more importantly ''like him again'', not realizing that Santa didn't straight-up stop caring about him altogether. It takes a lot of convincing on B.Z.'s part to get him to stay a little longer and create the candy canes for Christmas II, with him telling Patch he ''has'' to do it for all those dear little children.
16th Oct '17 6:56:52 AM Sapphirea2
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* TitleTheAdaptation: ''Santa Claus -- The Movie''...although the actual title that appears onscreen is just ''Santa Claus''. This quirk of marketing is carried over from the same producers' ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''.

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* TitleTheAdaptation: ''Santa Claus -- Claus: The Movie''...although the actual title that appears onscreen is just ''Santa Claus''. This quirk of marketing is carried over from the same producers' ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''.
16th Oct '17 6:56:06 AM Sapphirea2
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* {{Novelization}}: Several were produced: A traditional novelization and a storybook with extensive photos, both by the same author and revealing major backstory about the elves and Joe, and several paperback picture books for younger kids (some specifically distributed through [=McDonald's=] restaurants; see ProductPlacement below) that each focused on a specific stretch of the story.



* TitleTheAdaptation: ''Santa Claus -- The Movie''...although the actual title that appears onscreen is just ''Santa Claus''. This quirk of marketing is carried over from the same producers' ''Film/{{Superman}}''.

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* TitleTheAdaptation: ''Santa Claus -- The Movie''...although the actual title that appears onscreen is just ''Santa Claus''. This quirk of marketing is carried over from the same producers' ''Film/{{Superman}}''.''Film/SupermanTheMovie''.
16th Oct '17 6:51:16 AM Sapphirea2
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* CreditsMontage: The end credits start by showing a clip of each major character next to the name of their actor, and move on to an assortment of clips from throughout the movie but especially the workshop sequences. For bonus points, some clips appear to be from deleted scenes/sequences.


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* TitleTheAdaptation: ''Santa Claus -- The Movie''...although the actual title that appears onscreen is just ''Santa Claus''. This quirk of marketing is carried over from the same producers' ''Film/{{Superman}}''.
16th Oct '17 6:42:31 AM Sapphirea2
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* SavingChristmas: Averted, believe it or not. The main plot of the second act is to rescue a stray elf from the consequences of his actions after Christmas went awry six months ago.

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* SavingChristmas: Averted, believe it or not. The main plot of film's first half features Santa's Origin, then ''averts'' this trope with the unfortunate mass-produced Christmas and its unhappy aftermath. From there, the second act is to rescue a stray elf half weaves together Taking Over Christmas, The Elf Who Tried Too Hard, and in the late going The Sleigh's Broke (as "some of the reindeer are sick") as Santa and his friends must stop the holiday from being ruined for good by the consequences combination of his actions after Patch trying to make up for the spoiled Christmas went awry six months ago.and B.Z.'s scheming.
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