In honor of Elf's 15th anniversary on Wednesday, a look back at the most memorable lines from Buddy the Elf, played by Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell, now 51, delivers most of the laughs as Buddy the elf, a 6-foot human raised as an elf after he crawled into Santa’s sack as a baby at the orphanage (Santa’s a sucker for babies). Buddy’s childish innocence and naivety about the world when he arrives in New York City to find his biological dad, played by James Caan, creates one misunderstanding after another.
Many of the laughs come from a grown, 30-year-old man reacting in a way he normally wouldn’t if he’d grown up anywhere besides the North Pole.
His sweet enthusiasm for all things Christmas makes viewers of all ages believe in the magic of the holidays and gives them a reason to abide by the Code of the Elves and follow elves’ four main food groups — candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup — well beyond December.
In honor of the movie’s 15th anniversary on Wednesday, here are Buddy’s most quotable — and gif-able — lines.