I posted this question on Facebook and no one was able to answer it.
"I'm watching Santa Claus 2 and it suddenly occurred to me - what happened to Mrs. Claus from the first Santa that Scott Calvin took over for? Did she just disappear? I mean, if Santa has to be married, it stands to reason there had to be a Mrs. Claus with the other Santa. What happened to her?"
I must be honest and say that I've watched these movies for years and this hadn't occured to me before. I put them on Saturday night and as I'm watching Santa Claus 2, all of a sudden I think about the first movie. Now, let's break this down. It is of the utmost importance, don't you agree?
In the first movie, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) dons the Santa suit when the real Santa falls to his death and delivers the gifts to all the good boys and girls. He ends up at the North Pole, spends the night there in a bed big enough for two, and then goes home. Unbeknown to Scott when he put on the suit, he became Santa and was given one year to get his affairs in order before he must move to the North Pole and assume his new position. Nowhere is there a mention of Mrs. Claus, nor is she seen.
In the second movie, the premise is that if Scott wants to remain Santa, he has to get married. It's a clause in the Santa contract. Okay, so if it is a clause, didn't the first Santa have to adhere to it as well? And if so, he would been required to have a Mrs. Claus, too.
My Facebook friends were as perplexed as I. This was an obvious plot contrivance and it sort of pisses me off, even though I hadn't noticed it for 12 years. It was a damn good contrivance. Despite this, I like the movie - not the plastic Santa, I found him obnoxious, but I liked the love story and it lured me into seeing Santa Claus 3, which was a terrible movie and gets worse every time I see it. So I came to the conclusion that since I've been writing, my mind works differently. I think it always did, but having this jump out at me means that my writer mind has developed to such a point that I can't watch mindless entertainment anymore without things like this happening and ruining my heretofore ignorance of the way these movies manipulate us.
It also annoys me that the writers of this movie got away with this for so long. I have a series called The Divine Detective Agency. In order to investigate crimes on Earth, Nick Dandino must put on a suit that allows him to be seen while on Earth. He is dead, you see, and is a spirit, so to speak. There are rules for the suit such as Nick can't leave it while on Earth for longer than an hour or he will evaporate into nothingness. If the suit is damaged, he has to hightail it back to heaven or else. I have to keep to these rules or those of you that have read the two books in the series will let me know about it, as you should.
So, should I write a scathing letter to the writers of Santa Claus 2? My guess is they really won't care since it made a mint at the box office and no one asked this question before. Still, there are rules, and this has been driving me crazy for the last two days! Where is the firs Mrs. Claus?!!! The first person to answer it to my satisfaction will win a digital copy of The Body in the Bungalow.