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Elf [2003] (1 disc)

Director:Jon Favreau
Writer:David Berenbaum
Composer:John Debney
Length:95 minutes
(1 hour 35 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:85%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Buddy is a human raised by elfs at the North Pole. When he learns the truth, he sets out to find his real father.

Reaction: This is a very cute movie. Some of the concepts are not particularly new, but there is a charm in Buddy's innocence.

Personal Rating: 7/10

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Jon Favreau => Director / Doctor
David Berenbaum => Writer
John Debney => Composer
Amy Sedaris => Deb
Andy Richter => Morris
Artie Lange => Gimbel's Santa
Bob Newhart => Papa Elf
Claire Lautier => Charlotte Denholm (Reporter)
Daniel Tay => Michael
Edward Asner => Santa
Faizon Love => Gimbel's Manager
James Caan => Walter
Kristian Ayre => Foom Foom
Kyle Gass => Eugene
Leon Redbone => Leon the Snowman (voice)
Mark Acheson => Mailroom Guy
Mary Steenburgen => Emily
Matt Walsh => Witness
Michael Lerner => Fulton
Peter Billingsley => Elf (uncredited)
Peter Dinklage => Miles Finch
Will Ferrell => Buddy
Zooey Deschanel => Jovie

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Buddy's 12-second belch was supplied by voice actor Maurice LaMarche, best-known for his cartoon character, "The Brain", from [Pinky and the Brain], and who also did the operatic belching in [Animaniacs] as "The Great Wakarotti". LaMarche also worked with Will Ferrell on the animated series, [The Oblongs...].
  • The scene where the fake Santa is chasing Buddy had to be done in one take because it was too hard to rebuild everything.
  • The football jersey frequently worn by Michael in the film is that of fan favorite #80 Wayne Chrebet of the New York Jets.
  • When she first meets Buddy, Jovie asks, "Did Crumpet put you up to this"? Crumpet is the name [?] David Sedaris called himself while working as an elf, as recounted in his Christmas story anthology The Santaland Diaries. [?] David Sedaris's sister, Amy Sedaris appears in the film as James Caan's assistant, Deb. The usage of the name Crumpet may refer to Sedaris or may be a coincidence.
  • [?] Terry Zwigoff was offered a chance to direct the film, but turned it down.
  • The outside of Gimbels is a digitally altered view of the 34th St. Macy's, a reference to Miracle on 34th Street. Gimbels was Macy's main competition but it is now closed.
  • The Elf Costumes were also modeled after the Elves in Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • Director Jon Favreau provided the voice of the narwhal.
  • When this screenplay first emerged in 1993, Jim Carrey was attached to star in the lead.
  • When Buddy goes to Gimbels to ask Jovie out on a date the song we hear playing over the loudspeaker is {Christmas Island} sung by Leon Redbone. Redbone also provided the voice of Leon the snowman at the North Pole.