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At last--a movie that the whole family can dislike. SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE starts with a good premise, and the first 15 minutes reek with charm and whimsy. From there on it's downslope for the man with the red nose. It's around the 19th century when kindly toy maker Claus (David
Huddleston) and his wife, Anya (Judy Cornwell), are out on a Christmas Eve and get caught in a blizzard. They and their reindeer are magically taken to the North Pole where they are happily greeted by a battalion of elves. Claus is told that his job is to deliver toys to all the children in the
world until the end of time. Time passes and the toy rooms are now huge. Patch (Dudley Moore) is an elf with a vision. He thinks that they can achieve far greater efficiency by using modern techniques. He convinces the others to switch, but the results are a mess. Patch leaves the North Pole to
find a new life for himself and ends up in modern-day New York, where he takes a job with B.Z. (John Lithgow), an evil toy maker who wants to get rid of Santa Claus and take over the world's toy distribution for himself. What a monumental waste of money and time. Moore is saddled with silly
dialog, Lithgow simply chews up the scenery, and Huddleston is about as believable as the cheery Santa Claus as Vlad the Impaler might have been.