Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, The : Movie Review

Just three days after Halloween, the Christmas marketing blitz begins in sticky-sweet earnest with Disney's The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, which depicts the yuletide smackdown between Santa, a.k.a. Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), and his chilly nemesis, Council of Legendary Figures pariah Jack Frost (Martin Short). Fans of the first two films in the series can expect more of the same in this serviceable yet unduly bland G-rated comedy that's all too reminiscent of those by-the-numbers Sixties-era Disney films that usually starred either Fred MacMurray or Dean Jones.

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