12 Days of Christmas Movies: Day 3 The Santa Clause (1994)


Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Movies that have fun special fx
Today I have picked The Santa Clause, a fun-filled holiday romp with lots of effects. I am especially fond of Tim Allen’s fat prosthetics, especially his belly that jiggles (when he laughs, of course).

Plus, some of my favorite special makeup effects artist, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. worked on this film. How could you not love the amazing work by Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. who worked on such films as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Aliens vs. Predator just to name a few. Back in the early 90s when this was done, they used puppets and animatronics and I thought it was pretty darn good. I wonder if it was made now, if it would all be CG?

Movie Synopsis: A single dad kills Old Saint Nick (by accident) and then becomes the next Santa.

The Santa Clause (1994) Original Trailer from TheTrailerGal’s channel



Here is a list, per www.imdb.com, of all the hard working makeup and special fx people that helped bring The Santa Clause film to life:

Makeup Department

Alec Gillis …. special makeup and animatronic effects
Hazel Gordon …. assistant hair stylist
Inge Klaudi …. makeup artist
Barry R. Koper …. key makeup artist
Carol Marinoff …. assistant hair stylist
Janice Miller …. key hair stylist
Charles Porlier …. assistant key makeup
Sean Sansom …. special makeup effects artist
Elaine Short …. wig hair stylist
Tom Woodruff Jr. …. special makeup effects
John Dods …. headcast maker: David Krumholtz (uncredited)
Thomas Floutz …. sculptor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Brent Armstrong …. reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Linda Benevente-Notaro …. santa fat suit: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Joanne Bloomfield …. puppeteer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Joanne Bloomfield …. reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Jason Board …. special effects
Danny Cadow …. special effects technician
Yancy Calzada …. animatronics and puppeteer
Yancy Calzada …. puppeteer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Yancy Calzada …. reindeer mechanical department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Cornellius Carroll …. special effects technician
Melissa Chang …. reindeer mechanical department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Mike Elizalde …. lead puppeteer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Mike Elizalde …. reindeer mechanical department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
George Engel …. prosthetic makeup department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Yuri Everson …. special makeup and animatronic effects coordinator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Jeffrey S. Farley …. reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Steve Frakes …. prosthetic makeup department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Deborah Galvez …. reindeer puppet crew: The Character Shop, inc.
Bob Hall …. special effects coordinator
Robert Harman …. special effects supervisor
Hiroshi ‘Kan’ Ikeuchi …. reindeer mechanical department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Kaz Kobielski …. special effects
Carol Koch …. cosmetic finish
Karen Lafler …. reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Arthur Langevin …. special effects key
Rick Lazzarini …. miniature animatronic reindeer puppets
Rick Lazzarini …. reindeer puppets creator: The Character Shop, inc.
Frank Charles Lutkus III …. puppeteer: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Cathy MacDonald …. reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Leonard MacDonald …. reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Tony Matijevich …. prosthetic makeup department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Michelle Millay …. reindeer puppet crew: The Character Shop, inc.
Tim Mogg …. special effects makeup artist
Bryan Moore …. prosthetic makeup department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Wendy Polutanovich …. reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Andy Schoneberg …. special makeup and animatronic effects coordinator: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Heidi Snyder …. reindeer art department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Jonathan Spence …. puppeteer: The Character Shop, inc.
Mark Viniello …. prosthetic makeup department: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.
Bill Zahn …. reindeer puppet crew: The Character Shop, inc.
Jeffrey S. Farley …. sculptor: “Comet” (uncredited)
David Loveday …. special effects (uncredited)
Josselin Mahot …. creature effects crew (uncredited)
Carolyn Oros …. special effects technician (uncredited)
Troy Rundle …. special effects technician (uncredited)
Andy Schoneberg …. special effects makeup coordinator (uncredited)
Dean Stewart …. special effects technician (uncredited)

Images from TheTrailerGal’s channel

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