Every Thursday we feature a classic movie [or amazing clips from them] from back in the day for you to watch at work, on the way to work, on the way home from work or on your day off to watch and share.
Today’s feature takes you back to 2003 for the Christmas classic Elf.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since the release of this recent classic. Like all great Christmas classics, this one’s up there with Miracle On 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story and others.
Watching a guy like James Caan opposite Buddy The Elf played by Will Ferrell just kills us. You have this idea of Caan in your head, a tough guy, Sonny from the Godfather, and out of nowhere here comes this six-foot-plus goofy over-sized adult in a child’s brain looking for warmth and compassion from his dad. Caan is great, all the little pieces in the scenes that are essential to understanding his disgust and ultimate love for Buddy are there if you pay attention to the little things that make a guy like him the amazing actor he is. Michael Lerner who been in everything from Kojak to X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, a very young Zooey Deschannel, John Favreau [who not only plays the doctor that breaks the news to Caan that he is, in fact, the father of Buddy the Elf] also directed the film. Buddy comes with all kinds of kid issues, addicted to sugar, wants to play for hours and hours without stopping, curious, puts anything in his mouth, even cotton balls, and loves syrup, syrup is good on anything!
Classic TV icons Ed Asner, Bob Newhart who raises Buddy as an Elf at the North Pole alongside a young Artie Lange and Leon Redbone’s voice as “Leon The Snowman”
So now, without further adieu, enjoy today’s Throwback Theater feature below.