Contributed by: Mak Wilson, Puppeteer Of Donner
The puppet reindeer head weighed 10lbs!
The real action flying sequences were shot against a giant front projection screen which took 4 weeks to shoot. The screen, created by Zoran Perisik, was the same technique used by him for the Superman movies.
had a baby grand piano installed in his dressing room, which he played whenever he wasn't on set.
All the toys in the workshop were hand made for the movie and when the movie was finished they donated all the toys to a local children's hospital.
When they were filming the scene in which Santa and his wife are in the sleigh at the start and the blizzard happens David Huddleston had to tell the special effects team to stop the blizzard from being too fast as they couldnt see what they doing, and it got into their eyes and say their lines. You can see this in the making of the film feature on the DVD.
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