“You’ll believe a sleigh can fly!”
This is a pretty dark way to start your Christmas movie.
“Let me tell you about the Matrix.”
“Get to work fat man.”
They’re all just waiting for the comet to come take them away.
"Where’s my Atari game console?”
Note: The letters arrive magically at the North Pole, flying through the air to be deposited down the chimney of Santa’s workshop, so one must assume they don’t get to use this fireplace for things such as I don’t know…fire?
It’s not until about the 40 minute mark that the real plot of the movie starts to rear its ugly head. A seemingly overworked Santa Claus promotes an elf named Patch (Dudley Moore) to assistant, but his radical ideas of mass production results in shoddily made toys and unhappy children on Christmas morning. A now disgraced Patch runs away to prove he is useful. Of course he ends up hooking up with the films villain B.Z. (John Lithgow) an evil toy manufacturer who is being investigated by a Senate committee for producing dangerous products.
Does the United States Senate actually oversee the quality of toy manufacturing?
Joe must survive on product placements left out in the snow by sad little rich girls.
I think the filmmakers are trying to say that the commercialism of Christmas is bad.
Villains need to stop discussing their evil plans in the kitchen.
Apparently the police do take calls from nine year old girls seriously.
“I regret nothing!”
“Child Services will never find you here.”
There is a special room in Hell set aside for Patch.
So if you’re looking for a good Santa Clause story to watch I advise a viewing of the Rankin and Bass Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town and give this big budget extravaganza a miss.
I’ll say one positive thing and that is that the Big Lebowski does look the part.