Trivia / Elf

  • Adored by the Network: ABC Family often runs this movie during 25 Days of Christmas.
  • Blooper: Michael's skateboard has both trucks facing the same way. Skateboard trucks are supposed to face opposite directions.
  • The Cameo: NY1 is a real TV Network, local to New York City, which features in the film.
  • The Cast Showoff: Zooey Deschanel, the "She" of musical duo She & Him, gets to show off her singing chops.
  • Casting Gag: Edward Asner as Santa Claus, a role he's voiced in numerous other productions.
  • The Danza: Leon Redbone as Leon the Snowman.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The animated special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, which includes elements of the stage musical.
  • Role Reprisal: Ed Asner as Santa in Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas.
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