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->''"You know, I've carried this torch for more seasons then... I should have done. 'Cause I loved it so much. But ''now''... I've taken to making notes! Well, you can't do it that way! It shouldn't be done that way! It can't be done that way..."''
-->-- '''Santa Claus'''

A 1988 film starring Jim Varney as his signature character, ErnestPWorrell. In it, Ernest has to save Christmas by helping Santa Claus, who has been incarcerated after trying to track down a man who has been chosen to be the next Santa. It's up to Ernest to get Santa out of jail and get a hold of Joe, the man chosen to be the next Santa.

!Tropes present:
* EightiesHair: Harmony has this.
* AllLovingHero: Santa and Joe. It's actually one of the main requirements in being chosen as Santa.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: Joe is being forced to star in a movie that is essentially this, but it goes against his morals.
* BagOfHolding: Santa's sack, of course.
* BareYourMidriff: Harmony's outfit.
* BatmanGambit: Santa wanted [[spoiler:Harmony to steal the sack]] in order for her to learn what Christmas is all about and to take stock of her life.
* BerserkButton: The director of "Christmas Slay" sure knows how to tick Santa off.
-->"Terrorize children on Christmas?!"
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Santa punches the director of the sci-fi/horror movie Joe's up for in the face after learning how meanspirited it is, giving him a black eye.
* BrickJoke: Early in the movie, Santa meets a man who wants to see snow on Christmas. Guess what's the first thing the new Santa does with his powers.
* CurseCutShort: "Die, you son of a...son of a..." Joe just can't swear. Especially in front of children.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Ernest getting his fare to the airport on time.
** And again in the sleigh, though this is due to him having trouble controlling it.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: For Harmony, running out of a restaurant without paying. For Joe, doing a puppet show for a group of children.
* FaceCam: Just like in the Ernest P. Worrell commercials, the movie includes a brief scene from Vern's POV.
* FriendToAllChildren: Joe Carruthers , which is why he's the perfect candidate to be Santa's replacement.
** As well as the old Santa, as his BerserkButton indicates. This, more than anything else, is the trait a retiring Santa looks for when selecting a replacement.
* HereWeGoAgain: The last scene shows Chuck and Bobby getting a new delivery: [[spoiler:the Easter Bunny]].
* HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys: Ernest gives an answer that's just plain {{Technobabble}}. For example, to visit houses without a chimney, Santa can [[spoiler: turn himself into a gelatinous goo and sneak in through the water pipes]]. He also [[spoiler: uses FantasticScience to turn all the toys he needs into small spherical orbs of light that re-materialize upon removal from his sack]].
* HyperspaceWardrobe: As with every Ernest movie.
* LadyMondegreen: In-universe--several people mishear Santa's name as "Santos."
* LegacyCharacter: Santa is this. At some point, he must pass the torch to a new Santa before his powers fade away.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Harmony eventually comes to this realization [[spoiler: after she steals Santa's magic toysack.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Ernest declines to charge Santa for the taxi ride--and gets fired for it.
* NoodleIncident: Santa had hoped to transfer the powers much sooner, but he had experienced various unexplained delays while narrowing the list of candidates down to Joe.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: This version of Ernest seems the most capable, and is thought to be playing up his stupidity. He did not actually believe that Santa is indeed SantaClaus until searching his sack, being skeptical of Harmony being alone with Santa's sack and her lies. He of course comes up with the schemes to get Santa out of jail, get Joe's location and sneak Santa into the studio.
* OverlyLongGag: "M." ''"V."'' "M." ''"V."'' "M." ''"V."'' "M." ''"V."''
** "Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree...oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree."
* ParentalNeglect: According to Santa, Harmony ran away because her parents didn't give her the attention she needed.
* PowerOfTrust: Santa's respective belief in both Joe and Harmony ultimately pays off by the end.
* ProductPlacement: Surprisingly averted, seeing as the film is [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks set in Orlando]]. Although there was a scene filmed at Disney's Hollywood Studios, it was not portrayed as such.
* TheRunaway: Harmony, a teenage girl Ernest picks up while driving his taxi and who tags along for most of the movie.
* RunningGag: Ernest can never remember Blitzen's name.
* TheQuietOne: Bobby. The most he ever says is when he argues with Chuck over whether "Elves" is spelled with an "M" or a "V," and later when arguing if it's "F. Bunny" or "E. Bunny."
* SantaClaus
* SavingChristmas: See above or, if you're busy, just see the title.
* ShipTease: Between Santa (or, as he once again calls himself, "Seth Applegate") and the nice older lady he meets, Mary Morrison. They head off on what's apparently a date right before the movie ends, and we never see what becomes of it.
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/StarWars'' when Ernest hits "Priority Delivery" mode on the sleigh and the sleigh suddenly accelerates within a light pattern much like the ''[[Franchise/StarWars Millennium Falcon]]'' going into light speed.
** Related to the above, one of the things Ernest shouts trying to get the reindeer to start flying is "May the Force be with you!"
** And then the sleigh flies circles around the world, similar to ''{{Film/Superman}}''.
* SmartBall: Ernest picks it up when he suggests that Santa check his sack after they leave Harmony alone with it.
* SpaceIsNoisy: Then again, [[AWizardDidIt it is Santa's sleigh]].
* ThoseTwoGuys: Chuck and Bobby. This time, they're storage agents at the airport.
* TotallyRadical: A large part of Harmony's dialogue.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The checkin attendant at the airport hardly bats an eye when Santa gives his name and then the two elves later in the movie. Chuck and Bobby also take reindeer walking on the ceiling in stride.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: While posing as a snake rancher, Ernest ends up receiving a bunch of ''real'' snakes.
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