Elf is a 2003 American Christmas film directed by Jon Favreau, written by David Berenbaum and starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Edward Asner, and Bob Newhart.

The film centers around Buddy, who is a human raised by Santa’s elves. He learns about his origins and heads to New York City to meet his biological father.

Elf was released in the United States on November 7, 2003. It became a major success grossing $220 million worldwide.

Below is the Official Trailor — Enjoy!!

 

Describing The Plot Of This Movie Involves Spoilers — But I’m Sure Since 2003, We’ve Seen A Number Of Clips

 

Well, it all begins at an orphange where Santa comes to visit and samples the delicious cookies left for him. Evidently, little Buddy — an infant, seizes the opportunity to crawl into Santa’s sack . . . Thus taken to the North Pole.

Buddy gets his name by the elves who name him after his diaper’s brand label. He is adopted by Papa Elf. Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf . . . but as he grows and grows . . . It becomes obvious that he is really a human and not an elf. 

Papa Elf explains to Buddy that he was born to Walter Hobbs and Susan Wells. His mother (Susan) put him up for adoption prior to her death. His father (Walter) is unaware of Buddy’s existence.

Walter works as a children’s book publisher at the Empire State Building in New York City. Buddy learns from Santa that Walter is on the Naughty List due to his selfishness. Santa suggests to Buddy that maybe he could helf redeem Walter . . . So off he goes to New York City!

Buddy travels to New York and finds Walter at work where Buddy is mistaken for a Christmas-gram messenger and is ejected from the building.

Buddy heads to a local Gimbels department store and meets Jovie, an unenthusiastic employee with whom he is instantly smitten. Hearing that Santa will be at the store the following day, Buddy redecorates the store overnight. However, upon realizing that the Gimbels Santa is not the real deal,  Buddy unmasks him and causes a brawl in the store that the manager Wanda breaks up.

Walter reluctantly bails Buddy out of the police station and takes him for a DNA test, confirming that Buddy is his biological son. Dr. Leonardo convinces Walter to take Buddy home to meet his stepmother Emily and half-brother Michael.

Walter and Michael are unnerved by Buddy’s strange behavior, but Emily insists that they care for him until he “recovers”.

Michael warms up to Buddy after they defeat a gang of bullies in a snowball fight and encourages Buddy to ask Jovie out on a date, which she accepts. During the date, the two fall in love.

Well, as it appears, Walter’s publishing company is failing due to too many book flops. Walter’s boss, Fulton Greenway, expects Walter to have a new book ready to publish by Christmas Eve.

Walter and his team set up a meeting with best-selling children’s author Miles Finch. Buddy interrupts the meeting, mistakes Finch for an elf, thus unintentionally insulting Finch. Chaos insues . . . resulting in Walter losing his temper and disowning Buddy.

 

Of course Buddy is heartbroken. He writes an apology note on an Etch-A-Sketch and leaves Walter’s apartment.

Fortunately for Walter, he finds Finch’s notebook filled with story ideas. Walter and his team work to create a book to pitch to Greenway. Meanwhile, Michael arrives to inform Walter of Buddy’s departure. Walter quits his job, walks out with Michael to find Buddy.

A large crowd has gathered in Central Park where Santa’s sleigh appears to have crashed. Buddy is on the scene and is told by Santa that the sleigh’s engine is lost and the sleigh cannot fly without it due to a shortage of Christmas Spirit.

Miracle upon miracles, Buddy finds the engine and is reunited with Walter and Michael. However, Buddy’s having trouble reattaching the engine to the sleigh so Jovie leads the crowd and those watching on television in singing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” in hopes of raising enough Christmas Spirit to fully power the sleigh without the engine.

Of course, it worked!!

By the following Christmas, Buddy writes a book about his life, which becomes a bestseller and allows Walter to establish his own publishing company. Buddy also marries Jovie and brings their newborn daughter Susie to visit Papa Elf.

All in all this is truly a heart-warming story you can enjoy with your family.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sharon