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  • Adored by the Network:
    • Freeform loves to run this movie and 3, usually one right after the other, during 25 Days of Christmas. Like Hocus Pocus, its omnipresence has even been lamphaded in ads on the network.
    • After Freeform dropped the second film, AMC quickly picked it up. It later moved to FX before moving back to AMC in 2018. Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas ads lampshade this by promising to show "all the Santa Clause movies. [beat] That we're allowed to show." All three movies are shown on-screen during the former sentence, but 2 literally drops off the screen during the latter.
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    • Freeform lost access to the third film for a while, during which it was adored by the Starz networks, before it was regained by Freeform in 2018.
    • For 2019, Freeform has picked up all three of the movies, airing them together for the first time since 2010.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • A scene from the first film ended up deleted when it was released on DVD. Parents complained that their children dialed the number that Scott Calvin sarcastically gave (1-800-SPANK-ME), and discovered that it was a real number for a phone sex hotline. Some TV broadcasts dubbed over the "1-800-SPANK-ME" line with "1-800-POUND."
    • Other TV broadcasts of the first film removed the line after Charlie reacts to Scott floating in mid-air. Scott Calvin tells Charlie about "Living through the '60s."
    • The Freeform broadcast of the second film has the scene with Toy!Santa playing football with the elves removed, and instead cuts to the scene where Charlie is chased by the police officer. This was probably done for time constraints.
  • California Doubling: Inverted; most of the film was shot in Ontario. In one scene, a Swiss Chalet restaurant stands in for a Denny's.
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    • Also played straight in the third movie; Carol's parents are led to believe that Scott is a toymaker living in Canada. The "Canada" they visit is just the North Pole decorated in a very stereotypical manner.
  • Deleted Scene: Jeffrey Katzenberg attended a test screening for the film and declared it too long, so some scenes involving Charlie dealing with Scott having become Santa Claus were cut from the film. One such scene involved another meeting with the rude boy from the classroom scene.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: The Jewish David Krumholtz playing the highest level elf in Santa's workshop.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The trailer for the first movie had Scott fooling around with a doll and chatting with some guy in front of a children's play area.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Well, there is a reason the third film is referred to as "Tim Allen and Martin Short get Mad $$$ for Christmas"...
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  • Network to the Rescue: After Disney executives saw the final cut of the movie, they moved the project from their Hollywood Pictures imprint to Disney proper, giving it a huge promotional boost. The move paid off as the movie was a big-time smash hit.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Liliana Mumy, who plays Lucy in the second and third films is Leni Loud from The Loud House.
  • Sequel Gap: The second movie was released eight years after the first. Justified, as it actually does take place eight years later.
  • Trope Namer: Santa's Existence Clause.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Working Title: In its earliest stages, the script was called Rose Suchak Ladder, making the eponymous ladder's appearance in the film a Mythology Gag.
  • Written-In Infirmity: After horrific skin problems from the prostheses he wore in the first movie, Tim Allen had "desantification" added to the sequel so he could limit his time in the Santa makeup. However, the later addition of a robot Santa meant he had to be in costume even longer than the first movie.
  • You Look Familiar: Peter Boyle plays Scott's boss in the first movie, and Father Time in the second and third.

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