Disney teases a new photo from the Santa Clause series … without Bernard the Hot Elf

ICYMI, Disney Is Preparing A TV Show Based On The Christmas Movie Classic Santa and its two suites. The Disney Plus show, titled Santa Clauses, will revisit Scott Calvin, played by Tim Allen, on the occasion of his 65th birthday. He realizes he can’t continue this Santa Claus schtick forever, so he sets out to find a replacement. Disney teased the first look at the new series on Twitter.

There’s a lot going on here: Santa in a shirt, Kal Penn, station eleven Matilda Lawler. But it’s what was missing that caught our attention: a glaring lack of Bernard the Hot Elf in this promotional image! Justice for Bernard!

For those unfamiliar, Bernard the Hot Elf is actually Bernard the Head Elf, played by David Krumholtz in 1994’s The Santa Clause and the 2002 sequel. He’s the elf who shows Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin – and more importantly for the purposes of this article, he inspired early childhood crushes everywhere. Was it the dreamy brown eyes? The gorgeous curly hair? The inexplicable New York accent?

“Maybe I had a swagger when I was 16,” Krumholtz told Vulture in an interview.

Now, by the logic of the Santa Claus movies, it probably doesn’t make sense for Krumholtz, who is now 44, to reprise the role. The Christmas elves in the Santa Claus trilogy appear as children, even though they are hundreds of years old. But even if the showrunners managed to explain why Bernard is now a 44-year-old man, there is also the bigger problem of whether Krumholtz even wanna to resume his role. As he told Vulture, he skipped the third film, partly because of scheduling conflicts, but partly because he felt the script cheapened the character.

Alas, Bernard does not seem involved in The Santa Clauses — or at least, not in this promotional photo. In addition to Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell returns to the cast as Carol aka Mrs. Claus. Kal Penn, of Harold and Kumar fame, meanwhile, joins Simon Choksi, a games inventor who aspires to become the next Jeff Bezos – who could become the next Santa Claus instead. The show will premiere later this year.

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