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You can argue over which Christmas movie is the best. As far as which movie is the funniest, there’s little debate—it’s Elf.
After accidentally slipping into Santa’s toy sack some thirty years ago, human baby Buddy is taken in by Santa’s workforce and raised as an elf. Of course, considering he towers over his fellow toy-building-brethren, Buddy eventually finds out the truth of his parentage and decides to schlep to New York to meet his real dad. But surviving the Big Apple, not to mention, reconnecting with his father (who’s on the naughty list, by the way) is easier said than done for a guy whose both totally guileless, incredibly sweet, and just a touch goofy. Buddy may make a terrible human, but he may be the best elf the North Pole ever had. Elf, starring comedy legend Will Ferrell rides the insanely hard tightrope of being both raucously funny while still retaining its family friendliness. Catching Ed Asner’s portrayal of the most curmudgeonly Santa Claus ever committed to film.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Elf online.
- Will Ferrell as Buddy
- James Caan as Walter Hobbs
- Zooey Deschanel as Jovie
- Mary Steenburgen as Emily Hobbs
- Daniel Tay as Michael Hobbs
- Ed Asner as Santa Claus
- Bob Newhart as Papa Elf
- Faizon Love as Wanda
- Peter Dinklage as Miles Finch
- Amy Sedaris as Deb
- Michael Lerner as Mr. Greenway
- Andy Richter as Morris
- Kyle Gass as Eugene Dupree
- Artie Lange as the Gimbels Santa.
- Jon Favreau as Dr. Ben Leonardo
- Matt Walsh as Eye Witness.
- Peter Billingsley as Ming Ming
How to watch Elf
Here are a few options for you to rent or buy Elf.
- Cost: $3.99 to rent/$7.99 to buy
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Apple TV, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield TV, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii
The online retail giant is also one of the premier destinations for online streaming. It’s also one of the easiest ways watch Elf no question. If you already have an Amazon account, buying in HD will take seconds, and you can watch it anywhere you stream Amazon Video, from Amazon Fire Stick to Roku.
2) Fandango Now
- Cost: $3.99 to rent/$9.99 to buy
- Devices: Samsung Smart TVs, internet browsers, iPad, iOS devices, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Android, Visio Smart TVs
Fandango and movies go hand in hand, and not just when it comes to buying tickets online. Plenty of hits and classics are available in the Fandango Now library, along with full seasons of your favorite shows. Elf is available on Fandango Now in multiple formats. If you join Fandango VIP, you can rack up points to spend across Fandango and Fandango Now.
- Cost: $3.99 to rent/$9.99 to buy
- Devices: Samsung Smart TVs, Internet Browsers, iPad, iOS, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast, Android, Visio Smart TVs, PlayStation
Vudu is a no-fuss way to rent movies online if you don’t want to bother signing up for anything. There’s a massive library of high-quality video content, including 4K movies. There are even piles of movies you can watch free as long as you sit through a few ads. Elf is available to buy right now–and would you believe it, it’s on sale.
4) Google Play
- Cost: $3.99-$7.99
Google Play links to your Google account and media can be accessed from any Google Play-enabled device.
- Cost: $3.99-$9.99
If you happen to prefer streaming on iOS devices, buying Elf on iTunes is your best bet.
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.