The Santa Clause 3: the Escape Clause

The Santa Clause 3: the Escape Clause

Michael Lembeck (2006)

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A jealous Jack Frost causes chaos at the North Pole in this third instalment of the jovial festive franchise. With Tim Allen amiably filling out the Father Christmas suit once again, it's a more substantial family romp than returning director Michael Lembeck's The Santa Clause 2. Unsurprisingly for a yuletide flick, there's still enough sugary sentiment to rot teeth, but the welcome addition of Martin Short's mischief-making Frost gives the comedy a cheeky zing that both adults and kids will enjoy. Short steals every scene, as he endeavours to take over the Big Guy's job by sabotaging the toy factory and undermining his relationship with the heavily pregnant Mrs Claus (Elizabeth Mitchell from TV's Lost) and her visiting folks. The film runs like clockwork, slickly constructed for maximum humorous and emotional impact. Ultimately, its messages about the evils of commercialising Christmas seem misplaced, although audiences will probably be too swept up in the colourful fun to even care.


Father Christmas's festive preparations are disrupted when mischievous Jack Frost turns up at the North Pole on a secret mission to sabotage the toy factory. To add to Santa's woes, the parents of the pregnant Mrs Claus come to stay. Fantasy comedy sequel, starring Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell and Alan Arkin.

Cast & Crew

Santa/Scott Calvin Tim Allen
Jack Frost Martin Short
Mrs Claus/Carol Calvin Elizabeth Mitchell
Bud Newman Alan Arkin
Cupid Kevin Pollak
Dr Neil Miller Judge Reinhold
Curtis Spencer Breslin
Trish Abigail Breslin
Charlie Calvin Eric Lloyd
Sylvia Newman Ann-Margret
Director Michael Lembeck
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Nov 2006
Comedy Drama