This film truly captures the Christmas Spirit. Jon Favreau does a phenomenal job of capturing the essence of the old television Christmas specials. The color, sound and look of this film will ensure that it will be around for many many holiday seasons to come. From the delightful soundtrack, to the stop animation figures and Leon Redbone's voice-overs every aspect of this film is enjoyable. But the icing on the cake or I guess the star on the tree in this case is Zooey Deschanel's singing voice; one word - FABULOUS!ELF is the story of Buddy [Will Ferrell] who is a human adopted by elves and raised by Papa Elf [Bob Newhart] who at the age of approx 30 finally figures out that he is not like other elves. So Buddy sets off in search of his real dad [James Caan] in New York City. What ensues is a hilarious tale of Buddy's adventures in the city. From meeting his new step mom and brother [Mary Steenburgen & Daniel Tay], to attempting to gain his dad's acceptance and love and then finally Buddy's attempt at romance with Jovie [Zooey Deschanel]. In the process Buddy helps those around him realize what is really important and that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. This is the best family friendly film I've seen in a long time. Buddy is 30 going on 10. Will Ferrell does such a good job with the innocence of Buddy you almost forget he's a grown man wearing bright yellow tights. The entire cast is simply lovely. Buddy is a fish out of water in NYC, but eventually he has everyone wanting to climb into the fishbowl with him.ELF is a journey for adults and kids alike, you won't be sorry you jumped aboard - it's truly a magical experience.
For more fun, check out the dvd extras. If you can't pass all the extras, just think of Christmas day and then you can get on the elevator.