Cinema: Elf Abuse: SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE

SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE

'T was the night before Christmas, when all through the Balkans/Not a brain cell was stirring--not even the Salkinds'. Alexander and Ilya Salkind are clever producers who love to make movies about sweet, heavily padded people who can fly: Superman and Supergirl. A big-budget fantasy about Santa Claus (the myth) might seem as natural as raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but it's more like coal in Christmas stockings. As presented in this "nondenominational" version, Claus was a 13th century woodcutter who died and went to the North Pole, where he was greeted as the Chosen One and given a...

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