Best: Ed Asner (Elf)
Ed Asner‘s Santa is an interesting one. He is a little more cynical than most Santa’s, but it’s kind of charming…
Even if not returning a child to their home – even if they don’t have a real family – is a little morally wrong, Asner’s Santa was always accepting of Buddy and his differences. He wasn’t like the other elves, but this difference was never a problem for Santa, and instead Santa used Buddy to his advantage.
The other elves would poke fun at Buddy, but Santa showed Buddy how being different could be the best thing for him – unlike another Santa later on this list. This is a Santa who remains cool and collected, but one thing I love about Asner’s Santa is he just wants to be believed in. He recognizes the lack of belief in Santa, even having to change his sleigh because the reindeer alone can’t power it, and he just wants that belief in him again.
He is real with Buddy, and always tells him how it is – even if that means telling Buddy his dad is on the naughty list – but one thing this Santa never is, is dishonest. Asner gives a very real and believable depiction of Santa, one that has the charm to make an enjoyable and real Santa.