Trivia / Elf

  • Adored by the Network: Freeform often runs this movie during 25 Days of Christmas.
  • All-Star Cast: The animated musical has Jim Parsons as the title character, Mark Hamill , Rachael MacFarlane , and Max Charles as the Hobbs family, Kate Micucci and Gilbert Gottfried as Jovie and Mr. Greenway, and Ed Asner as Santa. What a crew!
  • Blooper: Michael's skateboard has both trucks facing the same way. Skateboard trucks are supposed to face opposite directions.
  • California Doubling: While most of the film was shot in New York City, parts were filmed in Vancouver.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Zooey Deschanel, the "She" of musical duo She & Him, gets to show off her singing chops.
    • In the animated version, Jim Parsons gets multiple opportunities to show off his singing abilities as Buddy.
  • Casting Gag: Edward Asner as Santa Claus, a role he's voiced in numerous other productions.
  • The Danza: Leon Redbone as Leon the Snowman.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Will Ferrell really did consume the spaghetti-and-candy monstrosity that Buddy creates his first morning at Walter's house. All the sugar reportedly gave him a migraine.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: The scenes of Buddy first arriving in New York City were entirely improvised. Will Ferrell was simply followed by the director and one cameraman as he interacted with passers-by in-character.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: The apartment that Buddy's dad lives in is the same apartment building (exterior shot) that Dana Barrett lived in in Ghostbusters (1984).
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Santa is played by Ed Asner, who is Jewish.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: There was a scene where Buddy was playing ice hockey with his elf friends which ends in him checking an elf so hard he flies into the stands. It was in every trailer. Suffice to say, it didn't show up in the movie. It did show up in the deleted scenes on the DVD.
  • The Other Darrin: In the animated special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, the only actor to reprise their role from the original film is Ed Asner.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • One of Will Ferrell's few roles that isn't a lecherous, Jerkass Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist, from before that became quite so firmly cemented as his trademark. Also, one of Zooey Deschanel's few roles where she isn't a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (if anything, it's the other way around). Or brunette.
    • Elf Buddy's Musical Christmas has Mark Hamill voicing Walter Hobbs. While Walter isn't a saint, he's significantly nicer than the villainous roles Mark usually plays.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The animated special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, which includes elements of the stage musical.
  • Real-Life Relative: Will Ferrell's brother Patrick plays a security guard at the Empire State Building.
  • Role Reprisal: Ed Asner as Santa in Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas.
  • Stillborn Franchise: Plans for Elf 2 were scrapped when Will Ferrell declined to participate.
  • What Could Have Been: The script was originally written in 1993 and would have starred Jim Carrey.
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