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The Ushers’ Favourite Santas!


On the 4th Day of Christmas The Snooty Ushers bring to you…

The Ushers’ Favourite Santas

Community Christmas Specials

Scariest’s Christmas Horrors

and Dan’s Home Alone Review!

We’ve done a lot of thinking here at Snooty Ushers HQ about what is on the checklist for a decent Christmas film? The scene where the family finally realise the true meaning of Christmas? That heartwarming, gooey feeling you get? The snow-covered scenery? But the one thing we all agreed on as the most important – a good Father Christmas.

So here are some of The Snooty Ushers’ favourite Santas in film. Not all from the best movies, just our favourite Santas. Enjoy.

Special Mention: Leslie Nielsen, All I Want For Christmas (Dir, Robert Lieberman, 1991)

Leslie Nielsen Santa

James: When walking past a santa on the street, the youngest child in the family says words to the effect of “Why go to a fake Santa? He can’t get you anything. You have to go to the real Santa – at Macy’s”. Leslie Nielsen plays that Santa in this early 90s rom com, and he’s only in 3 scenes. He plays it pretty straight, but hey, I wanted to give him some love. Wouldn’t he make a great comedy Santa? *checks out Santa Who?* Well, not really.

Jack Skellington Santa

Special mention number 2: Jack Skellington, A Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1993)

James: I’ll admit, this is a cheat, but it’s my list, so Jack Skellington makes it! His attempts to take over Christmas go predictable wrong as his macabre makeover misses the meaning of Christmas by just a little bit. Still, points for effort!

Paul Giamatti, Fred Claus (David Dobkin, 2007)

Fred Claus

James: Fred Claus (Vince Vaughan) is the younger brother of Saint Nick (played by Paul Giamatti), and became a repo man who needs bail money from his brother, and so ends up working at the North Pole. Now obviously, this is the story of redemption for Fred Clause, but Giamatti is unsurprisingly great as Santa. As an efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) threatens to close down the whole operation, Santa is injured and Fred has to step up. But the film doesn’t go the easy cynical route, neither is it a kid’s film, and Paul Giamatti’s nice guy act (he just doesn’t do enough of them!) is the reason this works. Well that, and a really funny scene with Frank Stallone, Stephen Baldwin, and Roger Clinton in a “Siblings Anonymous” support group. It’s not a classic, but Paul Giamatti is a classic Santa in it.

Tim Allen, The Santa Clause, (Dir John Pasquin, 1994)

Welshy: I love this movie, The idea is hilarious and Tim Allen nails it as Scott Calvin Advertising Executive and not a very good, part time dad. He has a life changing experience when he hears a noise on the roof one night. It is funny and imaginative, playing with typical images and motifs of Christmas and the North Pole. It’s great to watch the physical change that Allen goes through, its great make up and he plays it up. It was Allen’s first feature film after Home Improvement and he delivers in spades. Any Family can’t help but fall in love with this new Saint Nick.

Richard Attenborough, Miracle on 34th Street, (Dir, Les Mayfield, 1994)

Santa Attenbourgh

Dave: I love this film. I love Santa Claus and no actor has brought the character to life better than Richard Attenborough. This is a wonderful film and a great update of a 1947 film that was a staple of my Christmas viewing as a child. Attenborough plays Kris Kringle a department store Santa, who professes to be the real thing, and he is pitch perfect. I just love the idea of just believing in something, an idea or a person, anything, just because you want it to be true and every time I watch this film (I am now 39), I find myself believing in Santa and imaging he looks just like Richard Attenborough.

James: I definitely agree we saved the best until last. The original version of Miracle of 34th Street pretty much cemented what we think of as the modern Father Christmas, in film at least (the story of Coca-Cola advertising campaign creating the red and white outfit is an urban myth, their marketing executives wish that it happened that way), and Richard Attenborough just takes it to the next level. He is great. He IS the best Santa to ever be put on screen!

Agree? Disagree? Let us know who your favourite is. We’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas article!

 

About Snooty Usher James

Favourite Film: This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Least Favourite Film: Probably the American version of One Missed Call (2008) Guilty Pleasure: No Holds Barred (1989) I'm the exile of the group, after living in the South for a couple of years I've now moved to Edinburgh to start the next chapter. I've got a wide ranging love of film and TV, but I am definitely the fourth usher in terms of film knowledge. I do however have a stack of DVDs to work through, and both a Netflix and an Amazon Prime subscription with which to get involved. So, even if my job means I don't get to see as many of the new releases as I would like, I hope to be able to chip in with some reviews of my own. My other hobbies include playing the guitar, trying to play the ukulele, Football Manager and Radio 4. I'm also a big fan of wrestling. Part of that means that I have a bunch of ideas for columns that I have stolen from various parts of IWC, so look out for them. But hey, enough of my yacking. What do you say.....let's boogie.

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