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Jerry Nebel

Personally I could have passed. Glad I could watch it at home.  My wife said that when she watched it with the youngest granddaughter she couldn't stop talking about "Opa Santa" in the movie doing this and doing that it was her "Opa Santa" 

Have to admin they did copy the fur I use.  

 

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mach1marty

I gave it 4 out of 5 candy canes.  Really enjoyed Kurt Russell's portrayal.  Thought human elves would have been better.   I was taught to not literally "Ho Ho Ho" but to give more of a deep belly laugh.  Maybe that's what he was referring to?

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SantaJoe

I liked it. I didn't think I would. The elves reminded me too much of a Gremlin though.

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Santa Dan

To me it almost seemed like Kurt had to warm up in his acting and got better as the film went on. I agree with the "Elves" being a weird mixture of gremlins and Furbies. I liked the way Santa moved and talked. I think its funny that now I have a white beard, my previously grey and white beard would have matched his. I enjoyed the movie with my son but we both agreed it was a bit shallow on plot but still enjoyable.

 

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SantaDBC

Ok I liked it. Laughed out loud several times during the film. 

I want his coat! I really want his coat!!

When I saw the elves I couldn’t help but feel they made a BIG mistake, especially from a marketing point of view.

If they were cutesy, soft, furry stuffed animal like, than every store in the country would be sold out of stock before Christmas.

If Disney had done this and made the elves loveable they would be scrolling along the bottom of the screen “If you wish to buy this cute elf... just Apple Pay now and it will be delivered to your home tomorrow!” Or “Text now and pick it up with your next happy meal after the movie.”

What Netflix did was throw a elf outfit on a rat and gave it a chainsaw.

Did I mention I would like to acquire his coat? And gloves. And shoes...

 

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Santa Hill

They did make the elves into balloons for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade so maybe there is a marketing plan in place to sell a version of them too. I would have imagined we would have seen them in stores by now if that was the case though.

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Nick Hudson

had my first talk with a child last night. Question was do your elves really look like Furbies? I laughed and said no they look like you, he wondered why Santa was in jail and several other things in this movie. Be ready!

I ended it by saying, imagine me not days g ho ho ho, I can't stop doing that it's my natural laugh. (I then laughed ho ho ho) Think about it, now that's a myth!

 

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Felix Estridge
2 hours ago, Nick Hudson said:

had my first talk with a child last night. Question was do your elves really look like Furbies? I laughed and said no they look like you, he wondered why Santa was in jail and several other things in this movie. Be ready!

I ended it by saying, imagine me not days g ho ho ho, I can't stop doing that it's my natural laugh. (I then laughed ho ho ho) Think about it, now that's a myth!

 

Yep.  I had a young one telling me that my hat was magical and I needed it to get down chimneys and get around and make the sleigh fly.  Ah, no.

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Santa Johnathan

I enjoyed the film and my children like it. I have my issues with it. I really disliked the furry gremlin minions. I loved the gadgets and overall style of things. While not MY idea of the North Pole, it was creative and fun. I was really unhappy with the negativity and language around the classic image of Santa. I thought this approach with body image and comments like “fat slob” is not healthy for children. I try very hard to keep that from my children and coming from “Santa” was not okay. The jailbird rock scene was fun but way over the top. It did have a nice message. The cameo at the end was odd to me too. 

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Drosselmeyer
On 11/28/2018 at 12:15 AM, Bob Saunders said:

Here ya go.....

..Santa Claus and one of my favorite cowboy movies.... don't get better than that....

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to keep this theme going - this showed up in a text from one of my patient's today.....

 

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magicsantaphil

In response to the movie on NetFlix, does Christmas need to be saved? When that phrase was uttered, I checked out. This is not a movie on the naughty or nice list, it is on the Stupid list. 

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stuartdjr

I never "ho ho ho."

No one laughs like that naturally, and neither should Santa.

I saw a hallmark film on YouTube a few years back and the son of Santa (who's needing to get married) laughs naturally but if you were to write it down it would be a "hohohoho" sound. No Santa should sound like the mall Santa on A Christmas Story. "HO HO HO! What would YOU like LITTLE BOY!"

So I laugh naturally, but shape it to be a "hohohoho" the other way creeps kids out.

 

Here's the link to the version I watched on YouTube:

 

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Santa Johnathan
On 11/25/2018 at 8:12 PM, Santa Bruce Geron said:

I was wondering if there would be questions arising from this movie. I will find time to watch the entire film. I got to the 15 minute mark and realized I needed to do something constructive. But, I will go back - research time, like any good academic.

I had a young boy this week share that he knew how I got into homes - I “turn to red dust” with my “magic hat”. It was an interesting conversation. We actually learn Santa does not need a magical hat but that was lost on the boy. 

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SantaDBC

I had a little 4-5 year old boy ask me Monday night if I liked the gift he gave me when he saw me at the mall, I don’t do mall work.

I said yes and gave him a thumbs up.

He left & his mom told me the rest of the story... “Since Santa gives gifts to others he wanted to give one to him, so he wrapped a gift and gave it to the mall Santa, but he would not show or tell his mom what he had given to him.” 

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Michael Rielly

After watching the movie together, my wife wants me to let my hair and beard grow. She is convinced I would look like Kurt Russell with long hair and a beard. lol

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Mitch

I enjoyed the Film , the Elf's were a bit of a disappointment ,  Santa does HO HO HO

I am now having my 1st Santa Suit made for me very similar to the one Kurt Russell was wearing, but not in leather  

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Michael Rielly

The first thing I said to my wife after we finished watching the film:

"I'll bet you any money, there will be a flood of Santas asking to have a suit made like his..."

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rdpugh
2 hours ago, Michael Rielly said:

The first thing I said to my wife after we finished watching the film:

"I'll bet you any money, there will be a flood of Santas asking to have a suit made like his..."

There are some similarities between the suit in Christmas Chronicles and the full suit in Santa Claus the Movie, though Huddleston's outer coat was not leather.  I wonder if Santa Claus the Movie came out now if others would try to copy that look.  I do like that Christmas Chronicles really does show off the Santa in a shirt and vest look. 

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Black Hills Santa

I was not keen on watching this movie, yet I ended up enjoying it. Too modern? In some ways. Hip? Yes. However, in a pure entertainment sense, it was entertaining. It seemed to stimulate my fantasies about Santa and all he stands for. When I was 12, Santa Claus the Movie came out. Although it would have been better had it not focused on the kids and Dudley Moore, the beginning stimulated the fantasy side of the viewer. Kurt Russell's movie seemed to do the same.

The kids trying to catch Santa reminded me of my son's desire at 3 to catch one of Santa's reindeer. The car chase was entertaining, the elves were just plain odd, and as a firefighter I could relate to the anger a child feels when a parent is killed in the line of duty.

Occasionally people and/or Hollywood seeks to bring a new aspect to Santa and all he stands for. The Santa Clause changed how kids think of Santa's workshop and Tim Allen's life upon becoming Santa. Edmund Gwenn taught my mother's generation that one must believe in Santa. My generation had Santa Claus the Movie and was a little disappointed but at least could see how Santa got his start.

My 20 year old and 13 year old thought it was "Cool". My wife loved it and thought Goldie Hawn's appearance was fantastic. Of course she and I grew up watching Overboard.

As in everything, there was good, there was bad, and at least it was a movie that a family could watch without a load of immoral things trotting across the screen.

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Santa Hill

My wife and 6 year old son loved it.  My mother loved it and I have a bunch of clients that all thought it was great with some watching it multiple times. It must be different looking at it with our "Santa Glasses" on and seeing it just as a casual observer.

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Viking Santa

I absolutely loved the movie. Maybe not my all-time favorite Christmas movie, but definitely near the top. 

I loved Kurt Russell's take on Santa. The coat was very close to what I originally planned (attempted & so far failed) to make for my outfit. As far as "I don't HO HO HO, that is a myth!" I just took that as the writer's way of saying: get ready-- this is NOT the Santa you think you know! I also may steal the line - I agree -  HO HO HO never sounds genuine. But seeing Santa as a man of action, with style and attitude, and more than a little mischievous...HECK YEAH! 

The movie certainly wasn't perfect. I, too, hated the elves...but, I get it. It's a family movie.  They had adult dialogue; stuff for the teens, tweens, and YA crowd, and hey - it's about Santa! They had to get something in there for the little ones. Familiar enough, yet different enough, to hold their attention (and probably market some toys, too). I don't have any little ones in my household right now, so I don't know if it worked; but I get it. The "big fight scene" in the chop-shop was ridiculous as well - that scene flopped, IMO.

But there was so much that did work! The characters were relateable (ok - in a Hallmark movie kind of way). The chase scene, restaurant, police interrogation scene, etc. were genuinely fun. And the unexpected musical in the holding cell? That is now one of my all-time fave scenes in any movie, ever! 

Was the plot sappy, predictable, hackneyed; and did it over-do the pulling at the  heart-strings? Sure - but isn't that de rigueur for Christmas movies, anyway? The big question though - did it work? And I gotta say: Yeah, it worked. It managed to warm this crusty ol' cynics heart a little and wake the Christmas spirit up. Can't wait for it to come out on disc - this one is going in my collection

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Drosselmeyer

so - when is this epic coming out on DVD ???

                                                   it needs to be in the library....

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cgtmc

I liked the movie and my grandkids never uttered a word while it was on so I know they liked it.  The elves were fine and since Tommy's ho ho ho has never sounded natural to me, I was fine with the I don't say ho ho ho.  I have always liked Kurt Russell and having Goldie with him at the end was great.  I really, really, really like the suit and gauntlet gloves.  The movie was different from most of the others, but I didn't see it until last night so I was ready for different.

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Santa Bruce Geron

I think I am the last person on ClausNet to watch the movie. We watched it last night. With all the hype between Netflix and comments here, I wasn't excited to view it. However, as a season film, we thought it was fun. My wife and I were talking about the difficulties in creating a film about Santa that has contemporary appeal and is still captivating and entertaining. I don't know if it will have the impact on Santa Tradition as the Santa Clause and Santa Claus: The Movie has but it was fun. I enjoyed recognizing the Toronto locations in the film. I am impressed with contemporary interpretation of Santa's clothes, however, I'm not ready to change from my red surge wool to red leather. I'm glad I watched it and I will watch it again. I did enjoy the mouselike elves. It was a good change to see these gremlin-like beings who possessed great attitute.

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