Each movie listed includes:
(1) Title (2) Rating (3) Genres (4) Starring (5) Synopsis (6) My Personal Review (7) Scoring 1-5
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Santa Buddies (2009)
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Danny Woodburn, Tom Bosley, Richard Kind, Christopher Lloyd, George Wendt, and Tim Conway
Synopsis: When Puppy Paws (the fun-loving son of Santa Paws) gets bored, he finds Budderball on Santa's naughty list and figures he's just the dog to show him how to be an ordinary pup. When the magical Christmas Icicle starts to melt however, and the world begins to forget the true meaning of the season, it's up to Puppy Paws and his newfound Buddies to journey back to the North Pole and save Christmas.
Review: Yet another talking animal movie. I found it to be beyond silly but the dogs are cute. I’d put this in the for kids not adults column.
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964)
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Starring: Pia Zadora
Synopsis: The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.
Review: If you like poorly made circa 1960s/1970s sci-fi, you may enjoy this but you’ll probably be the only one. It’s so absurd. The story, acting, effects, and costumes are ridiculous. This can’t even count as “it’s so bad it’s good”. It’s just bad.
Santa Claws (2014)
Genres: Family, Fantasy
Starring: Ezra James Colbert
Synopsis: Tommy, who is unable to celebrate Christmas because his mom says Santa isn't real, leaves his kittens out for Santa to take back to the North Pole, but after a major allergic reaction Santa can't fly the sleigh or deliver presents anymore, so the kittens have to deliver the rest of the presents to all the boys and girls before sunrise.
Review: This movie was so hard to sit through. It’s so insipid. Small children may like the cats but that’s it.
Santa Girl (2019)
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Barry Bostwick and Jennifer Stone
Synopsis: Fleeing the family business and an arranged marriage, Santa’s daughter chooses a magical adventure of her own: college.
Review: This is blah. Start with Mrs. Claus is dead, Santa doesn’t eat carbs, and their daughter is a lazy and spoiled brat. That about sums up the Christmas spirit of the movie. Of course, everything works out. I just didn’t really care. Maybe more of a movie for tweens.
The Santa Incident (2010)
Genres: Comedy, Family
Starring: Greg Germann and Ione Skye
Synopsis: After his sleigh is shot down while flying through restricted military airspace, an earthbound Santa is sought for questioning by a pair of overzealous Homeland Security agents. The fate of Christmas is now in the hands of the disbelieving by-the-book duo, unless their faith in Santa can be restored by two children and a trio of elves who have arrived from up North to help out a friend in need.
Review: I found this to be a little dumb, children may enjoy the children in the movie. That is if they can handle Santa’s sleigh being shot down. This is one you can skip.
Santa Jr. (2002)
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: Lauren Holly, Judd Nelson, and Nick Stabile
Synopsis: Father Christmas's son tries to follow in his father's footsteps, but gets arrested while delivering presents.
Review: I’ll admit it’s a little cheesy but I think it’s a nice family film. I enjoyed the adventures and all the characters. The Christmas magic makes it even better.
Santa Paws 2 (2012)
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Cheryl Ladd and Pat Finn
Synopsis: When Mrs. Claus travels to Pineville, the playful Santa Pups stow away on her sled. Taking mischief to a whole new level, they begin granting joyful wishes to Pineville's boys and girls, but something goes terribly wrong - the Christmas spirit begins to disappear. Now the Santa Pups and Mrs. Claus must race to save Christmas around the world. From the creators of Disney Buddies, this magical, heartwarming tale is brimming with hope, cheer, and Christmas spirit.
Review: While it’s yet another talking animal movie, this one is better than many others, not that that’s saying much. This one is geared towards children.
The Santa Suit (2010)
Genres: Drama, Fantasy
Starring: Kevin Sorbo and Jodie Dowdall
Synopsis: Hunter Toys CEO Drake Hunter turned his father's company from a cozy quality manufacturer into a ruthless, profitable business. After denying his staff any festive generosity again, the scrooge is suddenly and magically transformed into Kris Krandall. That forces him to work as a Santa in Norm Dobson's toy store, with weird would be-actor Sebastian. Drake reassesses his values and priorities in life.
Review: The premise is corny but that’s it. I found this to be touching. A man learns how others see him, how to be there for others, how to empathize, and how to be a good man. I truly enjoyed watching this one. This will be an annual movie for us.
Santa Who (2000)
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Starring: Leslie Nielson, Steven Eckholdt, and Robin Lively
Synopsis: Santa Claus develops amnesia after accidentally falling out of his sleigh and only the innocence of a small child can save him. Meanwhile, Santa has to battle the disbelief of a newsman.
Review: This movie is a little silly but it’s good for children and those who are a child at heart. It’s got everything you’d expect; a child, a grinch, and a Santa in need of help.
Santa With Muscles (1996)
Starring: Hulk Hogan
Synopsis: An evil millionaire believes he is Santa Claus after an accident renders him amnesiac.
Review: If you like Hogan, you may enjoy watching him. Other than that, the movie has nothing to offer.
Santa’s Apprentice (2010)
Genres: Animation, Fantasy
Synopsis: Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan and have a pure heart. On the other side of the planet, there is a little boy who is a perfect match, but his lack of self-confidence and fear of heights make him a poor contestant. Will Santa agree to step down, and help his apprentice take his place?
Review: If you want to talk to your children about other children saying there’s no Santa, bullying, orphans, families losing their homes, and why there’s so many Santas because they have to have apprentices, have at it. I believe the way these topics were addressed, plus all being in one movie, makes it dark, joyless, and devoid of Christmas spirit. This movie even made Santa seem not so nice at times.
Santa’s Boots (2018)
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Megan Hilty, Noah Mills, and Teryl Rothery
Synopsis: Holly returns home for Christmas and is put to work as Santa’s elf at her family’s store, where she meets Nick, and falls in love. When Nick disappears days before Christmas, Holly searches for him with her only clue, his black boot.
Review: While the story has many of the classic components of a Christmas romance, the approach to them is something I haven’t seen before. I really enjoyed not knowing exactly how it would end. The cast, the story, and the setting were all wonderful. Keep an eye open for the nod to “Cinderella” at the end.