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Elf is an American 2003 Christmas comedy movie, directed by Jon Favreau. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel, Peter Dinklage, Mary Steenburgen, Jon Favreau, Andy Richter, Ray Harryhausen, Leon Redbone, and Ed Asner. It is set in New York City. It was released to very positive reviews on November 7, 2003 by Warner Bros. The film inspired the 2010 Broadway musical Elf: The Musical and NBC's 2014 stop-motion animated television special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas.