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Buddy the Elf Costume Worn by Will Ferrell in 'Elf' (2003) Added to MoPOP's 'Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic' Exhibition

"Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?"

If smiling's your favorite, you're going to want to plan an adventure in the near future to Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic at the Museum of Pop Culture, where you'll find the Buddy the Elf costume from Elf (2003) now on display. The recent addition includes the hat, tunic, belt, tights, and shoes worn in the film by Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. 

Buddy the Elf costume worn by Will Ferrell

Outfit worn by Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in the film 'Elf' (2003) | Allen Family Collection

Buddy, a human raised at the North Pole by Santa’s elves, truly embodies fantasy's "Fool" archetype. With his combined innocence and naiveté he smashes through New York City like a wrecking ball of Christmas cheer. Yet from his innocence comes wisdom that softens the hearts of even the meanest cynics.

The 2003 film is full of memorable quotes from Ferrell as the movie's titular character. In the spirit of the holiday season, here's some of our favorites:

  • "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!"
  • "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup."
  • "Santa! Oh, my God! Santa's coming! I know him! I know him!"
  • "You sit on a throne of lies!"
  • "So, good news - I saw a dog today."
  • "Son of a NUT-cracker!"
  • "Why don't you just say it? I'm the worst toy-maker in the world? I'm a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!"

Which quotes did we miss? Let us know your favorites in the comments, and make sure to stop by MoPOP soon to catch a glimpse of this iconic costume in person!

Buddy the Elf costume worn by Will Ferrell

Outfit worn by Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in the film 'Elf' (2003) | Allen Family Collection

Buddy the Elf costume worn by Will Ferrell

Outfit worn by Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in the film 'Elf' (2003) | Allen Family Collection

Buddy the Elf costume worn by Will Ferrell

Outfit worn by Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in the film 'Elf' (2003) | Allen Family Collection

Buddy the Elf costume worn by Will Ferrell

Outfit worn by Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in the film 'Elf' (2003) | Allen Family Collection


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