Santa Clause 2, The (film) Scott Calvin has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best Santa ever. Then he gets bad news: not only has his son, Charlie, landed on this year’s “naughty” list, but if Scott doesn’t marry by Christmas Eve, he’ll stop being Santa forever. (It’s right in his contract—the “Mrs. Clause.”) Desperate, Scott turns to the elves’ new invention, a machine that can replicate anything, to create Santa II, a toy version of himself, whom he leaves in charge. Things get worse when Santa II institutes some strange redefinitions of what’s naughty and nice, and when Scott finally falls for a potential Mrs. Claus, she threatens to drive a wedge between him and Charlie. In a climactic battle pitting Santa, Charlie, the new Mrs. Claus, and the elves against Santa II and his army of tin soldiers, the future of Scott’s family, the North Pole, and Christmas itself hang in the balance. Directed by Michael Lembeck. Released on November 1, 2002. Stars Tim Allen (Scott Calvin/Santa), Spencer Breslin (Curtis), Judge Reinhold (Neal Miller), Wendy Crewson (Laura Miller), Elizabeth Mitchell (Carol), David Krumholtz (Bernard), Eric Lloyd (Charlie Calvin), Liliana Mumy (Lucy Miller). 104 min. Released on video in 2003.