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Advantages: One of the best Christmas films of recent years
Disadvantages: DVD Extras aren't great
Jon Favreau (Zathura)
Will Ferrell (Old School, Anchorman)
James Caan (The Godfather, Misery)
Zoeey Deschanel (Failure to Launch, Hitchhikers Guide)
Buddy the Elf isn't like the other Elves - He is 6 feet tall, and is distinctly lacking in the toy making skills of all the others. So one day he is told by his father than he is in fact a human, who crawled into Santa's sack and ended up staying at the North Pole being raised by the elves. Buddy also learns that his real mother had died and his father lives in New York and is on the naughty list!
So Buddy heads off to New York to me his real family and chaos ensues, as people struggle to come to terms with his Christmas spirit and childlike qualities.
This comes in handy when Santa crashes in New York and needs a hand in taking off before getting caught and exposed!
Buddy the Elf (Ferrell) - Buddy is a child in an adults body, he is sweet and naive and doesn't believe there is any bad in the world - especially not in New York. He lives on a diet of sugar and loves nothing more than singing, holding hands, cuddling and anything to do with Christmas.
Walter (Caan) - The ruthless publisher who unknowingly fathered a child 30 years ago. Has a wife and young son, although does not really pay them much attention and is definitely not too impressed when Buddy turns up.
Jovy (Deschanel) Jovy works in a department store and is initially unimpressed by Buddy, but she soon warms up to him, despite catching him in the ladies changing room.
Emily (Mary Steenburgen) Emily is Walter's long suffering wife who thinks the opportunity to bond with his long lost son is fantastic. She instigates Buddy moving in and welcomes a playmate for their son Michael.
Kids on Christmas
Deck the Halls featurette
Santa Mania featurette
Christmas in Tinseltown featurette
Deleted and additional scenes
Making of and behind the scenes documentaries
Buddy's Adventure Games
I first came across this film when I went to the cinema to see it with my mum. We were the only people there without a 5 year old child, which had me slightly worried, but I absolutely loved every second of it.
The film is silly and clearly based at young kids and this is summed up with a mix of burp jokes and visual comedy which Ferrell is perfect for.
It is sweet, innocent, family fun that has some genuine laugh out loud moments that are obviously going to occur from this scenario (later capitalised on by Enchanted.)
The casting and script are spot on, and it is a credit that a mix of well established and up-coming actors wanted to be in this, although I am still quite glad they have all declined a sequel, which I think may have ruined a great original story.
Everybody I know has this in their collection as a film to watch throughout the year as a simple, funny, morale boosting movie.
The DVD extras aren't great, but they again are aimed at young children, some of the featurettes and documentaries are quite interesting but nothing to write home about.
You can pick this up for about £3 or £4 from supermarkets and places like play and amazon and it is a real investment that is easily the best Christmas movie from the last 10 years or so.
I'm fairly certain that as my generation grew up with Santa Claus the movie on television every year, our kids will grow up watching this one
Summary: The film that put Ferrell firmly as an A-list star