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Beloved Christmas film ‘Elf’ celebrates its 20th anniversary this holiday season with theatrical return

Will Ferrell’s Christmas comedy Elf celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and follows his character, Buddy, as he travels to the Big Apple to find his real father and spread Christmas cheer to New Yorkers.

The film, known for its cultural impact and memorable movie lines, will be re-released in select theaters this holiday season following its original release on November 7, 2003.

The Empire State Building will be lit up in green and yellow on Nov. 7 in celebration of the anniversary, and the lobby window displays will also feature an elf theme.

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To further commemorate the film’s release anniversary, the iconic New York landmark will host a special screening on its 80th floor observation deck. Four major food groups: “Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn, and Syrup.”

Pay $135 per ticket to attend five special screenings of the holiday classic at the Empire State Building. Bundle includes observatory, museum access, and holiday snacks and drinks.

According to FOX News’ Lauren Greene, “Get your tickets early, because the five showings starting Sunday are nearly sold out.”

Ferrell had just finished a seven-year stint when he played Buddy the elf on “Saturday Night Live.” (Warner Bros./Getty Images)

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“Elf” is one of the highest-grossing Christmas movies, costing approximately $33 million to make and grossing more than $225 million worldwide during its theatrical run.

The film’s producer, Todd Komarnicki, told Lauren Greene that the team knew the film was special, but they didn’t know it would become a Christmas classic.

“It’s humbling because you all work just as hard at everything you’ve ever done, and I never thought someone would stay in this culture this way.” And now, when I look at the lines of people from all over the world and the joy on their faces, they think so.” It brought it. ”

In “Elf,” his innocence, his purity, really changes New York, and I think that’s true in life as well. And in fact, I believe that is the message of Christmas,” he continued.

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Komarnicki spoke to Green about the various actors who appeared in the film, representing different types of eras of filmmaking, including the late James Caan.

“They all brought something interesting to the movie, and there were some great backstories…like Will Ferrell having to chew all the gum he ate at the subway entrance,” Green said. Ta. “He said his jaw was still tired because he had chewed about 80 pieces of gum.”

Fox News Digital’s Brittany Kasko contributed to this report.

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