23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf

It’s that time of the year where all of us will inevitably end up watching some of the holiday season classics for the umpteenth time while arguing whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie (of course it is). At least there’s no debate on whether Elf is one, so grab that bowl of spaghetti and maple syrup and enjoy this list of trivia.

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 23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Jim Carrey almost played the lead.

Carrey was initially attached to star in the movieSource: /Film

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - In the original script, Buddy was a much darker character.

Favreau said that when he lSource: Rolling Stone

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Tom Hanks’ movie Big also served as inspiration for the film.

Source: EW

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Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Buddy’s famous belch was voiced by Maurice LaMarcheSource: New York Magazine

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Besides his obvious cameo as the doctor, Jon Favreau also did the voice of the narwhal.Sources: ABC News, Film School Rejects

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - An elf hockey scene was left on the cutting room floor.

It shows an aggressive Buddy dSource: FandangoNOW

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Elf has a connection with Ghostbusters.

Buddy’s dad lives in the same building as DanaSource: Digital Spy

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Will Ferrell’s reactions in the jack-in-the-box scene were real.

Favreau had a remote Source: Film School Rejects

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - In the scene where Buddy gets his finger pricked, James Caan breaks character laughing.Source: Film School Rejects

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - A lot of the songs were added only after the director found out Zooey Deschanel could sSources: Film School Rejects, EW

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Analog techniques were favored over CGI to create the North Pole.

The sets were built Source: Creative Planet Network

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - The “To Dad, Love Buddy” card was drawn by Jon Favreau.
Source: Film School Rejects

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Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Most of the North Pole’s creatures, except for the Snowman, were stop-motion animation.

Source: Creative Planet Network

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf -  Buddy’s outfit was modeled after the elves’ costumes in the 1964 television special, RSource: ABC News

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Baby Buddy was played by triplet girls.
Source: Film School Rejects

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Some of the sets were built in an abandoned mental health hospital in Vancouver.

TheseSources: Film School Rejects, IMDb

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Gimbels was originally supposed to be a Macy’s store, but Macy’s wanted nothing to do wSource: Cincinnati.com

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - The book used in the opening title sequence was 25 inches high and weighed 70 pounds.

Sources: Creative Planet Network, Film School Rejects

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Favreau took cues from his one-year-old son to figure out what Buddy would do when he gSource: Film School Rejects

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Will Ferrell’s brother, Patrick Ferrell, plays a security guard at the Empire State BuiSource: IMDb

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - The snowball scene was inspired by The Magnificent Seven.

Favreau said that the score Source: Film School Rejects

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - The director said there are a few Lord of the Rings references too.

He mentions the foSource: Film School Rejects

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23 Son Of A Nutcracker Facts About The Christmas Classic Elf - Will Ferrell once worked as a Mall Santa.

Yes, before he became a big shot actor, FerrSource: Spliced Wire

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