Disney waited a long time to release “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” on DVD. Unfortunately, the movie is not worth the wait.
This is the second sequel to the original 1994 Disney hit and Tim Allen is back once again as jolly ol’ St. Nick. This time Santa’s role as the King of Christmas is threatened when Jack Frost (played by Martin Short) tries to take over.
Frost tricks Santa into using the “escape clause”, which all Santa’s can use when they don’t want the job anymore. This transports them (and us) back into the first movie, and to the scene when Allen’s character first became Santa. This time Frost puts on the big red suit. But, as you might guess, things don’t work out too well and Allen’s Santa must make a comeback and save the day.
Other holiday celebrities make appearances in the movie, including the Easter Bunny and Cupid. We even get to see Santa and Mrs. Claus’s first baby.
“The Santa Clause 3” is not as funny as the first two movies. And there isn’t much holiday cheer spread around. Heck, Frost hits Santa with a shovel! Not exactly the image I want for kids or parents during the holidays.
The movie is rated G. The look of the film is very good, especially Santa’s Snow Globe room, but overall I was rather disappointed.
On The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” only gets a C.
This is supposed to be the final episode in the “Santa Clause” series. I hope that’s the case.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers. Among those who have joined LCJ on the show are comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried, “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park, Emmy-winning game show host Todd Newton and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Lights Camera Jackson has been co-starring in photographs with his favorite celebrities since he was 6 years old. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest appeared in the first. Seacrest was a VIP guest at a local telethon. Jackson, a big fan of “Idol”, approached Seacrest during a break and asked for an autograph. The “Idol” star eagerly obliged. Jackson and Ryan then posed for this photo.
Since then Jackson’s collection of photos with stars from film, TV, stage and sports has grown to over 400. Every one represents a special moment in the life/career of Lights Camera Jackson and includes its own unique backstory.