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Holiday Classics: Elf (2003) 20th Anniversary

Opens on December 4

Director: Jon Favreau Run Time: 97 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 2003

Starring: Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Will Ferrell

Country: United States, Canada
Language: English

Presented as part of the 2023 edition of Holiday Classics.

About the film:

One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa’s bag of toys. Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole.

This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world—in New York City. Buddy finds his workaholic father (James Caan) who’s on Santa’s “naughty” list, a new mother (Mary Steenburgen) and a 10-year-old brother who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or elves. Here, now, Buddy discovers his destiny—to save Christmas for New York and the world!​

“a breezily entertaining, perfectly cast family treat”

—Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

About the filmmaker:

Jon Favreau has made his mark as one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. Initially working as a successful character actor, Favreau transitioned into directing with his feature film debut Made (2001). With nine movies under his belt as a director, the self-taught filmmaker has explored small indie gems like Chef (2014) as well as some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. With a style that blends humor and warmth with technological innovation, Favreau found success helping to launch the Marvel Universe with Iron Man (2008), as well as spearheading Disney live action classics like The Jungle Book (2016) and The Lion King (2019). Among other projects, he continues to be significantly involved with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an Executive Producer on feature films and television series.

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