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Elf-A Christmas Comedy

Updated on December 10, 2014

A Christmas Movie for the Whole Family

The popularity of the "Elf on the Shelf" holiday activities for little kids brings me back to one my kids favorite Christmas movie, ELF starring Will Farrell.

I love Christmas Movies and this 2003 movie came out at a perfect time when my daughter was eight and my oldest fourteen and he still wanted his little sister to believe in Santa.

The story line revolves around one of Santa's elves, played by Will Ferrell who just happens to be 6'3" and sticks out from the other elves in the workshop.

Papa Elf, played by Bob Newhart (who is good in everything he does) explains to Buddy how he came to the North Pole and that he's not his real father, but his adopted father. So innocent Buddy journeys to New York City to find his biological father, expecting to be welcomed with open arms.

Let's just say it doesn't quite work out the way he expects.

Here is where the comedy begins. Will Ferrell, in only a way he can portray, leads Buddy the Elf through a series of adventures in New York City to not only find his father, but to convince him that he is his father and show him the meaning of Christmas.

Other Christmas Movie Classics

Miracle on 34th Street [Blu-ray]
Miracle on 34th Street [Blu-ray]

I start off the Christmas season on Thanksgiving with the movie Classic Miracle on 34th Street. I watched it when I was little after the Macy Thanksgiving parade and I have to watch it every year.

This movie kicks off the Holiday season and is a well loved classic.


Elf Movie Quotes

What would be a movie without memorable quotes, and like Princess Bride this one is full of them.

Buddy Quotes

"This place reminds me of Santa's workshop. Except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like me"

"Ow! Son of a nutcraker!"

"Sounds like someone needs to sing a Christmas carol"

"SANTA, OMG I know him"

I just like to smile! Smiling's my favorite.

We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

You smell like beef and cheese, you don't smell like Santa.

It's just nice to meet another human that shares my affinity for elf culture.

The Santa Clause (Full Screen Special Edition)
The Santa Clause (Full Screen Special Edition)

Tim Allen finds himself not just playing Santa Claus, but actually becoming Santa Claus. It isn't until after a series of comedic scenes that only Time Allen could do, that he embraces the instant beard and weight gain, that he he embraces his new Kris Kringle persona.


Movie Cast of Legends

You know director Jon Favreau had a goal of creating a Christmas movie classic when he cast the following five Hollywood A list actors in the major roles. Over the years Elf has been selected as one of the best holiday and Christmas films by New York Daily News won many awards including the Teen Choice Award, and a Golden Satellite award as Best Youth DVD.

Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf

Edward Asner as Santa

Bob Newhart as Papa Elf (he's perfect in this role)

Zooey Deschanel as Jovie, Buddy's wanna be girlfriend

James Caan as Walter, Buddy's biological father

Dr. Seuss "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition)

This is the original Dr. Seuss "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" animated movie. I dare you, who just sang,..."You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch",....I just did.


Christmas Movies to Add to Your Collection

I am a sucker for classic Christmas movies and I have favorite classics I watch every year no matter if my kids are around or not. I like both Grinch movies, both the animated version and the live action with Jim Carey.

Since my kids are all grown now I think they get a kick out of watching them just as much as I do though. Some weekends I just get in my jamies with hot chocolate and have a movie marathon.

I have all of these and often can't wait until Thanksgiving to start watching, but I restrain myself and celebrate Christmas with gusto for just the month before December 25th.

Official Trailers and Scenes from the Movie Elf

Still not convinced Elf will be a great family tradition for the Holiday Season? Find the official Elf movie trailers below along with a few of the classic scenes. Even if you have the movie you may find yourself laughing at Will Ferrell playing the innocent childlike 6 foot tall elf.

The making of Elf the Movie, part one...I always like to see the behind the scenes making of "How did they do that"

One of the official trailers for Elf the Movie

Funniest moments in Elf starring Will Ferrel, cracks me up.

Elf, Movie Classic or Not?

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    • Rock Artist profile image

      Rock Artist 

      4 years ago

      Have to admit that although I am not a huge fan of Will Farrell, I think he is great in this movie and I adore the story.

    • missmary1960 profile image


      4 years ago

      I love ELF :)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      A favorite of ours for sure, Thanks

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      Angela F 

      4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      This is my favorite Christmas movie. Farrell does the character of Buddy in such a way that I can't imagine anyone else doing it as good - or even coming close.

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      4 years ago

      Your lens fits my temperament. It's quick to browse, has eyecatching lists, and includes related material. The movie is a yearly favorite. Talladega Nights and Blades of Glory are also our favorites.

    • chrisilouwho profile image


      4 years ago

      Watch this every year, definitely a favourite!

    • RazzbarryBreeze profile image


      4 years ago

      One of my all time favorite holiday movies!

    • LoboLoco LM profile image

      LoboLoco LM 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your view of this movie, I haven't seen it myself but love Ferrel's movies and meant to watch it a view times before, I'm thinking that this holiday season might be the one.

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      5 years ago

      I like Will Ferrel. He is one funny dude. I've not seen Elf yet but I am sure it is hilarious and good for the whole family to enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

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      winter aconite 

      5 years ago

      That's a good movie! Great choice for the whole family!!!!

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      Stanley Green 

      5 years ago from Czech Republic

      I love comedies...especially those Christmas-themed... This one is also superb for whole family!

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      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      Much of our conversation at Christmas is an exchange of Elf quotes.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It took me a while to actually sit down and watch this one, but once I did, I found it to be really enjoyable


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