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18 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Movie "Elf"

Elf IS 10 YEARS OLD TODAY! Let's celebrate with some fun facts! YEAH!

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4. Does the costume Buddy wears look familiar? That's because it's heavily inspired by the ones the elves wear in the claymation classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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The Christmas classic was a big influence on Elf, especially the claymation scenes.


8. Will Ferrell's reactions in this scene are totally genuine. Director Jon Favreau used a remote control to manually pop the jack-in-the-boxes in order to surprise Will Ferrell.

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15. The infamous "throne of lies" scene had to be shot in one take, as the set was too extensive to rebuild for another shot.

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16. Some of the sets for Elf, like Walter’s apartment and Gimbals’ toy department, were built in an abandoned mental hospital in Vancouver, the same hospital where New Line shot Freddy Vs. Jason.


All facts via IMDB and the film's commentary.

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