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After introducing how Santa and Mrs. Claus came to the North Pole and began their work delivering toys at Christmas time, this routine children's film segues into a story about an evil corporate magnate (John Lithgow). One of Santa's elves (Dudley Moore) goes to work for the nasty tycoon and invents a wild array of far-out toys. Then there is a little boy who does not believe in Santa Claus and a girl who finds out about the toymaker's plans to defraud his company. Santa's reindeer are a little under the weather, not to mention Santa himself. This labyrinth of subplots quickly draws attention away from the story, wherever it is.~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide
- Dudley Moore
- John Lithgow
- David Huddleston
- Burgess Meredith
- Judy Cornwell
- Jeffrey Kramer
- Christian Fitzpatrick
- Carrie Kei Heim
- John Barrard
- Anthony O'Donnell
Did You Know?
- Real deer were trained to pull the sleigh. The crew required months to complete the training which also allowed the deer to grow their antlers for the final filming. For shots where it was not possible to use the deer, sophisticated animatronic deer were used.
- When Cornelia leaves the plate of food outside for Joe the can of Coke is positioned so the word "Coke" is showing. When Joe picks up the plate moments later the can has turned to show the words "Coca-Cola" in cursive on the other side of the can.
- Santa Claus: Don't you know who I am?
- Joe: Sure, you're a nut.
- Santa Claus: I'm Santa Claus.
- Joe: Right, and I'm the tooth fairy.
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