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You Probably Won't Recognize Bernard From ‘The Santa Clause’ Movies Today

By Gabrielle Bernardini

Iconic Christmas movies are known to stick with children through adulthood. One of our favorites happens to be the '90s classic, The Santa Clause. Though it’s hard not to fall in love with the father-son bond built throughout the movie between Tim Allen (who plays Scott Calvin) and his son Charlie (played by Eric Llyod), we cannot forget the not-so-cheery head elf, Bernard. So, what happened to Bernard in The Santa Clause movies?

The 1994 family film cast Home Improvement star Tim as a businessman — who happens to work in the toy industry — with a less-than-stellar relationship with his son, Charlie, which is pretty obvious after he’s late picking up his son on Christmas Eve from his ex-wife’s house during the first few minutes of the movie. 

Fast forward to Santa Claus falling off of Scott’s roof and dying — we know, a bit morbid for a family movie— and Charlie and Scott teaming up to deliver the rest of the presents to all of the kids, and heading back to the North Pole. At Santa’s workshop, we learn that Scott will now be the new Santa, from Bernard, portrayed by David Krumholtz. This head elf is snappy and calls Scott out on his b.s. when he deems necessary.