Elf (2003)

This holiday, discover your inner elf.

  • Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date: 2003-10-09
  • User Rating: 6.649/10 from 3443 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 37min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: New Line Cinema
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Jon Favreau
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When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher.


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  • Will Ferrell

    as Buddy
  • James Caan

    as Walter
  • Bob Newhart

    as Papa Elf
  • Ed Asner

    as Santa
  • Mary Steenburgen

    as Emily
  • Zooey Deschanel

    as Jovie
  • Daniel Tay

    as Michael
  • Faizon Love

    as Gimbel's Manager
  • Peter Dinklage

    as Miles Finch
  • Amy Sedaris

    as Deb
  • Michael Lerner

    as Fulton
  • Andy Richter

    as Morris
  • Kyle Gass

    as Eugene
  • Artie Lange

    as Gimbel's Santa
  • Leon Redbone

    as Leon the Snowman (voice)
  • Ray Harryhausen

    as Polar Bear Cub (voice)
  • Claire Lautier

    as NY 1 Reporter
  • Ted Friend

    as NY 1 Anchor
  • Patrick Ferrell

    as Security Guard
  • Patrick McCartney

    as Security Guard
  • Jon Favreau

    as Doctor / Mr. Narwhal (voice)
  • Lydia Lawson-Baird

    as Carolyn
  • Brenda McDonald

    as Nun
  • Annie Brebner

    as Elf Student
  • Luke Pohl

    as Elf Student
  • Meghan Black

    as Elf
  • Patrick Baynham

    as Elf
  • Michael Roberds

    as Disgruntled Cobbler Elf
  • Peter A. Hulne

    as Elf Twin
  • Patrick Hulne

    as Elf Twin
  • Richard Side

    as Elf Teacher
  • David-Paul Grove

    as Pom Pom
  • Kristian Ayre

    as Foom Foom
  • Lorin Heath

    as Perfume Clerk
  • Dillard Brinson

    as Printer
  • Brad Turner

    as Office Co-Worker
  • David Berenbaum

    as Office Co-Worker
  • Brenda Crichlow

    as Office Co-Worker
  • Oscar Goncalves

    as Francisco
  • Mary Black

    as Nurse
  • Murray Jack

    as Man in Elevator
  • Mark Acheson

    as Mailroom Guy
  • Robin Mossley

    as Chuck
  • Paul Schofield

    as Kid with Santa
  • Matt Walsh

    as Self
  • Will McCormack

    as Witness
  • Gus Michael

    as Witness
  • Alexandra Michael

    as Child
  • Terry J. Scarlatos

    as Police Officer
  • Jonathan Bruce

    as Biker
  • Akeem A. Smith

    as School Kid
  • Michael Christopher Fischetti

    as School Kid
  • Jane Bradbury

    as Susan Welles
  • Peter Billingsley

    as Ming Ming (uncredited)
  • John Murray

    as Man in Elevator
  • Jay Finocchiaro

    as Passerby (uncredited)
  • Craig 'Radioman' Castaldo

    as Radioman (uncredited)
  • Graeme Duffy

    as Orange Elf (uncredited)
  • Maurice LaMarche

    as Buddy's Belch (uncredited)
  • Rachel Lana Li

    as Child (uncredited)
  • Natasha Denis

    as Gimbels Elf (uncredited)
  • Dal McKennon

    as Jack in the Box - Laugh (archive sound) (uncredited)
  • Nance Nickels

    as Extra in crowd (uncredited)
  • Albert Precourt

    as Passerby (uncredited)
  • Joe Ranft

    as Store Owner (uncredited)
  • Jamie Vergan

    as Ice skater (uncredited)
Sound John Debney Original Music Composer
Camera Greg Gardiner Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Laura Jean Shannon Costume Design
Art Rusty Smith Production Design
Editing Dan Lebental Editor
Production Cale Boyter Executive Producer
Directing Jon Favreau Director
Costume & Make-Up Gitte Axen Special Effects Makeup Artist
Art Johanne Hubert Set Decoration
Production Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Crew Jay Vinitsky Post Production Supervisor
Art Geoff Wallace Set Designer
Production Shauna Robertson Producer
Production Todd Komarnicki Producer
Writing David Berenbaum Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Victoria Down Key Makeup Artist
Production David B. Householter Unit Production Manager
Production Jimmy Miller Executive Producer
Production Kent Alterman Executive Producer
Production Jon Berg Producer
Production Julie Darmody Executive Producer
Visual Effects Craig Seitz Compositing Supervisor
Visual Effects Stephen Chiodo Animation Supervisor
Sound Kimberly Lowe Voigt Dialogue Editor
Sound Kimberly Lowe Voigt Supervising ADR Editor
Camera William Waring Camera Operator
Crew Scott J. Ateah Stunt Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Rebeccah Delchambre Special Effects Makeup Artist
Sound Kelly Zombor Boom Operator
Crew Doug Chapman Stunts
Art James Mazzola Property Master
Art Kelvin Humenny Art Direction
Visual Effects Lauren Ritchie Visual Effects Supervisor
Sound Tanya Noel Hill Music Editor
Sound Anthony Milch Sound Effects Editor
Visual Effects Musa Brooker Animation
Directing Jessica Clothier Script Supervisor
Crew Tony Lazarowich Special Effects Coordinator
Sound Jon Taylor Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art Jay Mitchell Set Designer
Sound Brad Sherman Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Directing Mickey Gilbert Second Unit Director
Art Bryan Korenberg Property Master
Visual Effects Joseph B. Conmy IV Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Joe Bauer Visual Effects Supervisor
Camera Alan Markfield Still Photographer
Sound Steve Mann Sound Effects Editor
Art Allan Galajda Set Designer
Visual Effects Douglas Bloom Visual Effects
Costume & Make-Up Angel De Angelis Key Hair Stylist
Costume & Make-Up Ian C. Ballard First Assistant Hairstylist
Sound John Leveque Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Stephen P. Robinson Sound Effects Editor
Directing Christopher Woods Second Unit Director
Visual Effects Erik De Boer Animation Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up James Sarzotti Key Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Donna Bis First Assistant Hairstylist
Camera Carey Toner Camera Operator
Camera Carey Toner Steadicam Operator
Costume & Make-Up Sherry Linder-Gygli Key Hair Stylist
Visual Effects Jeremy Oddo Animation
Visual Effects Justin Mitchell Animation
Visual Effects Bill Westenhofer Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Teresa Drilling Animation
Visual Effects Brian Dowrick Animation
Visual Effects Hunter Athey Animation
Visual Effects Steve Baker Animation
Crew Troy W. Carrington Production Office Assistant
Visual Effects Giovanni Dulay Modeling
Visual Effects Antoine Durr Visual Effects
Crew Brian Fisher Compositors
Visual Effects Dan Foster Visual Effects Producer
Crew Greg Groenekamp Compositors
Visual Effects Rob Meyers Animation
Lighting John Paszkiewicz Lighting Artist
Crew Joe Salazar Compositors
Art Charles E. McCarry Art Direction
Camera David E. Baron First Assistant Camera
Crew Mark Rodahl Digital Effects Supervisor
Sound Wade Wilson Sound Designer
Camera Doug Lavender First Assistant Camera
Sound David Husby Sound Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Nancy Duggan Costume Supervisor
Art Victoria Balharry Art Department Coordinator
Camera Patrick Stepien First Assistant Camera
Visual Effects Arthur Jeppe Visual Effects
Production Penny Gibbs Unit Production Manager
Directing Jim Brebner First Assistant Director
Directing Andrew M. Robinson Second Assistant Director
Art Amrit Laura Gunhouse Set Designer
Art Todd Lawley Set Dresser
Art Kelly Canfield Set Dresser
Art Barbara Wilson Assistant Art Director
Art Jennifer Silvertand Assistant Set Decoration