As he sits at the table, Elf Buddy tells his new biological father how he ended up in the Big Apple.
“I walked through the Seven Levels of the Cane Forest, the Sea of ââSwirling Gum Drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel,” he described of the alleged 3,500-mile journey that ‘he performed on foot.
While Buddy is a fictional character played by the actor Farrell, a list of real names appears as part of the movie’s plot. That’s because five names that appear on the âNice Listâ at the end of the film represented real people who worked on the film crew.
The complaint first appeared on December 19, 2015, when it was posted on Twitter by the ChristmasMovieFacts account, manage @XmasMovieFacts, and made a resurgence in late 2021 when a screenshot of the tweet was again shared on social media by popular accounts, including @iamthirtyaf on Instagram.
In Elf, everyone who appears on the beautiful list is a member of the crew that worked on the film.
– ChristmasMovieFacts (@XmasMovieFacts) December 20, 2015
To confirm if this claim was true, Snopes sat by the fireplace and watched the holiday classic – no one said journalism was glamorous work. We have confirmed that at 1 hour and 21 minutes, Santa Claus displays the “beautiful list”.
Names on the list included the names of Victoria Down, Drew Davidson, Andreas Nieman, Nathan Tichenor, Michael Hobbs, Jimmy Miller and Penny Gibbs. We compared this list to Internet Movie Database (IMDb) of the cast and crew and determined that almost all of the names on the list had actually worked on the film.
Victoria down is a makeup artist whose work has appeared in “Godzilla”, “Army of the Dead” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” – and of course for her role in “Elf”. Also known as AndrÃ©, Drew davidson was the lighting chief during Andreas “Andy” Nieman was the assistant property master responsible for accessories. Nathan Tichenor has been listed as co-production coordinator, Jimmy miller was the executive producer, and Penny gibbs was production manager.
The 2003 film tells the story of Buddy, who was not really an elf. After learning that he has been adopted by an elf dad and has spent his life working in Santa’s workshop in the North Pole, Buddy travels to New York City to find his biological father. (Spoiler alert: her real dad was on the “villain list”.)
If you’d like to check it out for yourself, âElfâ can be streamed throughout the holiday season on HBO Max.