Elf Christmas Movie: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favourite Christmas Movie

A Merry Christmas To All!

Elf Christmas movie is definitely the one that pops up in our minds when we think of a good Christmas movie. With Will Ferrell’s hilarious banter in yellow tights, trying to fit in the world and seeking the love from his father, played by James Caan, it does not get more wholesome than this.

So, in the spirit of Christmas and the 10th Anniversary of the movie, let’s look at 5 things that you did not know about the Elf Christmas movie.

1. The Elf hardly had any CGI used in it

This might seem surprising, but special effects in the Elf Christmas hardly involved any use of CGI, instead, the director and the mind behind The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau, stated that old school techniques like stop motion and building two different scaled sets looked as good if not better than CGI.

“We didn’t have a tremendous amount of dough. Part of the pitch, to make it a Rankin/Bass world and not a big CGI extravaganza – part of it is my aesthetic. I like the techniques and technologies used when I was growing up. I like motion-control, models, matte paintings. It feels timeless. And stop-motion is my favourite. There were a lot of challenges to do that stuff in stop-motion. I had to fight very hard not to do that stuff in CGI. There’s no CGI in there, except for some snowing,” said Jon Favreau, in an interview with Rolling Stone.

2. James Caan was unhappy with the title ‘Elf’

Hollywood legend, James Caan, who played the biological father of Buddy, Walter Hobbs, was actually not okay with the title of the Christmas movie being just “Elf”, to the point that he found it embarrassing.

Jon Favreau revealed it saying that “I think it’s fair to say. He would always give me a hard time about it being called Elf. ‘Why is it called Elf?’ I think he was embarrassed about the title. He was very familiar to me, being from Queens.”

3. Elf 2 was almost going to happen

Yes, you heard that right. There could have been a sequel to the Elf Christmas movie, which would’ve seen Will Ferrell back as Buddy. This was spilled out by James Caan as he said that “We were gonna do (a sequel) and I thought, ‘Oh my god, I finally got a franchise movie, I could make some money, let my kids do what the hell they want to do.”

Adding that “And the director and Will didn’t get along very well… So, Will (Ferrell) wanted to do it, he didn’t want the director, and he had it in his contract, it was one of those things.”

4. Zooey Deschanel and her singing talent led to a change in the script of the Elf Christmas movie

The Katy Perry music video star and actress, Zooey Deschanel, was an up and coming actress in Hollywood at that time. She landed the role in Elf as Jovie. But when director Jon Favreau found out that she had a singing talent, he decided to edit the plot to feature her singing.

“I didn’t know she could sing,” Favreau stated in an interview. “When I found out, that’s when I wrote that part in. That was not in the original script. I wrote it in because she (Zooey Deschanel) has that great Doris Day voice.”

5. Will Ferrell fell sick after shooting a scene in ‘Elf’

Fans of the Elf Christmas movie will probably be able to tell which scene is being talked about. In the movie, Will Ferrell’s character Buddy eats a weird combination of spaghetti noodles topped with maple syrup, chocolate syrup, fudge Pop-tarts, and candy. While this may seem to be fun to the viewers, it had its consequences on Will Ferrell.

Talking about it to the website, Black Film, he said, “I ingested a lot of sugar in this movie and I didn’t get a lot of sleep. I constantly stayed up. But anything for the movie, I’m there. If it takes eating a lot of maple syrup, then I will—if that’s what the job calls for.”

Check out the trailer for ‘Elf’ Christmas Movie below-

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