While many fans think of Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear (especially now, since the teaser for Toy Story 4 has just been released), we’re now approaching the holiday season in which many (younger) fans think of the actor as Kriss Kringle from the family-friendly Santa Clause films. But apparently the original opening for the first The Santa Clause movie wasn’t so family-friendly, according to its star.
After disclosing (just a few) details about the upcoming Toy Story 4 while on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the actor did reveal a fun fact about his 1994 film, The Santa Clause: Its original script was a touch darker than the final product. In fact, the inciting incident of the family holiday film wasn’t that Allen’s character startled Saint Nick, causing him to fall off the roof, oh, no. In the original concept, Allen shot and killed Santa.
Yes, you read that correctly.
“The original Santa Clause is a little darker,” Allen told the Tonight Show host on Wednesday night. “I actually shot and killed Santa in the original movie.”
Allen explains: “He fell off the roof because I thought he was a burglar. He gives me the card, [and] the whole movie starts. The kid actually starts: ‘You just killed Santa.’ And I said, ‘He shouldn’t have been on the roof when he wasn’t invited.’”
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Of course, then Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg immediately nixed the idea. “’We can’t start a Disney movie with you murdering Santa,’” Allen recounts Katzenberg saying. To which Allen replied: “Why not? It’s funny. You kill all the parents in all your other movies!”
Alas, it was not meant to be. Although, sure, we can get behind the idea of a family film opening with Santa getting shot and killed (we here at SYFY WIRE are a bit weird like that, we admit), it probably would not have been the sequel-spawning hit it wound up being for the Mouse House.
Allen was on the late-night talk show to promote the upcoming third sequel to the Toy Story saga, which hits theaters on June 21, 2019.