YMMV / Santa Claus: The Movie

  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: The failures of Patch's attempts to modernize production are treated like a lesson on Good Old Ways. However, they are consistently shown to fail due to him and his (untrained) operators not anticipating the need to inspect and maintain equipment, exacerbated by a complete lack of quality assurance testing. It's like the Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket part of a manufacturing training video.
  • Awesome Music: The other expensive 1985 Box Office Bomb to be graced by a Henry Mancini score.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Even by the somewhat nonsensical standards of the movie's second half, The Patchmobile Launch is patently bizarre. From the silly launch sequence, to B.Z. and staff cheering Patch ENTIRELY too long for the segment, to Patch yelling "YAHOO!" as he launches (in a voice completely different than Dudley Moore's, and utterly out of character for the low key inventor elf)... it's just a very, very surreal sequence to observe.
  • Cult Classic: It was no box office blockbuster, but is one of the better-remembered Christmas films of The '80s.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight / Harsher in Hindsight: The subplot about B.Z. and his toys takes on a whole new level of relevance with Turn of the Millennium stories about lead-based paint, etc. in toys that come from China.
  • Memetic Mutation: "FOR FREE?!"
  • Moe: Cornelia.
  • Scenery Porn: Much of the North Pole/Santa's workshop is practically dripping with atmosphere.
  • What an Idiot: Why would B.Z. be stupid enough to deliberately make teddy bears stuffed with sawdust and nails when regular old cotton/polyester filling is actually cheaper? Does he want to bring himself to financial ruin or something?
    • There's also the matter of setting the price point on his candy canes so ludicrously high that most children wouldn't be able to afford them. Unlike the standard Corrupt Corporate Executive MO (doing evil in the process of making lots of money), B.Z. seems to be in it solely For the Evulz at the expense of actually turning a profit!
    • No one thought to test the mass-produced toys before sending them out.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Averted hard with David Huddleston as Santa.