Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner. The film centers on Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves. The movie was a box office success and is considered one of the best Christmas films ever made.
About Elf (film) in brief
Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner. The film centers on Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves. Buddy learns about this and heads to New York City to meet his biological father while also spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics in the process. Elf was released in the United States on November 7, 2003 by New Line Cinema to critical and commercial success, grossing USD 220 million worldwide against a USD 33 million budget. It inspired the 2010 Broadway musical Elf: The Musical and NBC’s 2014 stop-motion animated television specialElf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. It is often listed among the greatest Christmas films of all time and has been called one of Ferrell’s best performances by critics and audiences alike. The movie was a box office success and is considered one of the best Christmas films ever made. The sequel, Elf 2, was released on December 25, 2013. The second half of the film is set in the same way as the first, focusing on Buddy’s quest to find his father. The third half focuses on Buddy finding his way back to the North Pole after his father quits his job as a children’s book publisher to be with his son, Michael, and his step-daughter, Emily. The fourth and final installment of the series, Elf 3, is released on Christmas Day, 2014, and is based on the book by the same name.
The book is about a young boy who is adopted by Santa and is raised by the elves at his North Pole workshop. The boy is named Buddy after the brand label on his diaper, and Papa Elf adopts and raises him. Buddy is eventually reunited with his father, Walter Hobbs, who is unaware of his son’s existence. Walter is forced to choose between his job or his family, and Buddy decides to choose his family. The story ends with Walter and Michael leaving New York for the U.S. and Buddy returning to New Jersey. The final episode of the movie is set on Christmas Eve, when Buddy is reunited with Michael and Emily at the Gimbels department store in Central Park, where he meets Jovie, an unenthusiastic employee with whom he is instantly smitten. The two fall in love, and Michael encourages Buddy to ask Jovie on a date, which she accepts. Buddy leaves a note for Walter, who snaps in anger at Buddy and disowns him. As Buddy wanders the streets, he watches Santa sleigh down Santa’s sleigh, attracting a large crowd who explains that Buddy is in fact his long-lost son. As Walter explains that he was wrong and Buddy is gone, Buddy prepares to choose a new job or to leave his family and go back to being an elf. He decides to quit his job.