15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Movie ‘Elf’
11. Deleted Scenes
Favreau deleted one major aspect of the original 1993 story when he created the film. In the early version, Buddy was bullied which is why he travelled to New York City to find his father. Favreau pushed to exclude this from the story because he didn’t like the idea of having North Pole characters be mean. He wanted them to be represented as warm. Plus it better explained why Buddy was so nice to all the people in New York who were so mean to him. Favreau also deleted a scene on a frozen hockey pond with the elves. What starts out as a friendly game turns violent once Buddy hits the ice. They actually shot the scene but it never made the final cut.
10. Old School Inspiration
Favreau really wanted to create a Christmas movie that paid tribute to some of the classics from the past and there’s nothing more classic than the stop-motion Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from 1964. He recreated the winter wonderland including all the animals from the area and even got permission to use their signature snowman! Favreau also designed all the elves costumes based on the ones worn by Hermey and his elf peers and did his best to recreate the elf workshops.