Tim Allen's ‘Santa Clause’ movie was meant to have a more sinister start

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Who knew Santa had a dark side?

If you like Christmas movies and you’re a 90s baby (or if you were just raised to know what makes film GOLD) then you’ve probably seen 'Santa Clause'

If you haven't then SHAME ON YOU. 

The basic gist of the film (for the uncultured among you) is that a dude called Scott Calvin (AKA Tim Allen) puts on Santa Clause’s suit after the real Santa falls off his roof delivering the goods. 

Tim’s character is transported to the North Pole where he is slowly transformed into Santa (helloooo luscious white beard) and his Christmas spirit is restored. 

But, in an appearance on The Tonight Show, Tim revealed that the start of the popular Christmas film was originally meant to be more sinister. 

Instead of Santa innocently slipping off the roof and vanishing (*cough* dying *cough*) in a magical puff of smoke, Tim’s character was meant to shoot and kill our favourite man in red. 

“The original Santa Clause is a little darker, written by two comedians, and I actually shot and killed Santa, in the original movie. He fell off the roof because I thought he was a burglar,” Allen explained on the show. 

While on the show Allen then went on to explain why the murderous start was scrapped for a more PG13 version:

“The head of Disney at the time, (Jeffrey) Katzenberg said, ‘Well, we can’t start a movie like that,’ and I said, ‘Why not?’ And he said, ‘We can’t start a Disney movie with you murdering Santa,’” Allen recalled.

True dat. 

Is it even a Disney film if it doesn’t have magical characters and talking animals all tied together with a fancy bow? 

Don’t answer that. 

Anyway, the decision was definitely the right one as ‘Santa Clause’ turned out to be one of the best Christmas films of ALL TIME*.

*Second only to Elf. And The Grinch. And Love Actually. Don’t @ us. 

Images: Walt Disney Pictures / Santa Clause, Giphy / Giphy. 


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