Elf

Trivia: Will Ferrell actually walked down Lincoln Tunnel in full costume, causing several minor accidents.

Trivia: Peter Billingsley, the child actor who starred as Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" (1983), has a minor part as a supervisor elf in the North Pole toy making scenes.

Trivia: A human is found as a baby by elves, is brought up by them, then finds out he is adopted and heads out to the big city to make his fortune (and there are a lot of jokes about his height thrown in). As a Terry Pratchett fan, this sounds very familiar to me. Terry has a character in his books called Carrot who was found as a baby by some dwarves and was brought up by them, then finds out he is adopted and heads off to the big city to seek his fortune. Carrot is also very innocent and has no sense of sarcasm or irony. His adopted father also says something to him about thinking he'd figure it out when he hit six feet tall.

Trivia: Director Jon Favreau makes a cameo appearance in the film as the Hobbs' family doctor.

Trivia: Originally, the store Buddy and Jovie work in was supposed to be a Macy's. However, Macy's quickly dropped out of the project when they got the script and saw that there was a scene where Buddy confronts a fake mall-Santa in the store for not being the real Santa. Reportedly, Macy's representatives indignantly told the studio that "Macy's Santa is the REAL Santa!"

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Trivia: Will Ferrell's brother Patrick has a cameo as one of the security guards who repeatedly removes Buddy from his dad's building.

Trivia: The original script was written in 1993 and was much a much darker comedy in tone that was supposed to be rated PG-13. It was also intended to star Jim Carrey. However, the project kept getting held up, and Carrey eventually lost interest in it. The film finally started to come together in the early 2000's, when it was rewritten into a more family-friendly film and Will Farrell joined the cast. It was finally released in 2003 - ten years after it was originally written.

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Trivia: Will Ferrell turned down an offer of $29 million to appear in a sequel, because he was afraid of tarnishing the legacy of the first film, which was a huge hit and became a new holiday favorite for audiences.

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Trivia: When Buddy is startled by the Jack-in-a-Box toys, his reaction is genuine. Director Jon Favreau actually had a remote control that controlled the toys - Will Ferrell didn't know when they'd go off.

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Trivia: The news footage of Buddy walking through the woods is a reference to the famous "Patterson-Gimlin film" - a 1967 piece of footage supposedly taken of a bigfoot in Northern California.

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Continuity mistake: In the very beginning, when the nun puts the baby in the crib, she puts a blanket on him he pushes it down to his feet, then the camera goes to the nun walking out of the room, and when we see the baby again the blanket is covering him again. (00:04:25)

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Question: Has anyone noticed what looks exactly like a Buddy Elf doll standing on the kitchen counter during the breakfast scene where Buddy is pouring syrup for the mom? If you pause when the camera pulls back to show Buddy pouring syrup and the back of the moms head, you'll see the elf doll on the right side of the scene (our right, Buddy's left) facing away from the camera. It's on the counter directly below the cabinet knobs; behind the back of a chair and in front of what looks like a radio that sits against the counter wall. Ideas? Looks just like a Buddy doll to me.

Answer: It might just be a regular elf doll that, coincidentally, is dressed in real elf clothes.

Answer: This was probably deliberately added to the scene. Movies often add in-jokes like this. I believe it was "HP and the Chamber of Secrets" that while Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in Diagon Alley, the entire Harry Potter book series can be seen on a shelf in the background. In "Raiders of The Lost Ark," there are a little C-3PO and R2D2 carved into the stone hieroglyphs in the Well of Souls. "Jurassic Park" openly displayed JP merchandise, the same merchandise that was sold in stores. Filmmakers love to add little "Easter eggs" like that for audiences to find.

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