Director: Jeannot Szward
Even as a kid, when I saw the trailer for this movie and it looked a little suspicious to me. I don't know what it says that a kid pretty game for whatever looked at this and was like "nah", but I think that gut instinct was dead on. I would have been 10 when this hit, so I wasn't really the audience, anyway - just old enough to not want to see "a kiddie movie", but it looked like schlock to me at that age, and I just had no interest.
Apparently neither did Planet Earth, because the movie made about $23 million against an estimated budget between $30 and 50 million.
Flash forward to 2023, and we put this one on and a whole bunch of things became clear immediately.
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) was produced by the Salkinds, the same shady guys who put together the first three Superman films and Supergirl. They have their name up there first and foremost, so you know this is an Alexander Salkind joint. And if you know anything about the Salkinds you know that if you're ethically a little shaky, these are your guys.