Ferrell starred in “Elf” the same year “Old School” premiered.
In 2002, Ferrell ended his run on “Saturday Night Live” to prepare to make a name for himself in film.
Ferrell told Entertainment Weekly in 2007 that before taking on the role of Buddy the Elf, he requested that the movie remain lighthearted and took cues from the Tom Hanks film “Big” in creating his character’s childlike persona.
Ferrell’s career has seen lots of success post-“Elf.”
He’s also gone behind-the-scenes as an executive producer, working on hit shows like Netflix’s “Dead to Me” and HBO’s “Succession,” as well as top-rated films like “Booksmart.”
He also starred in “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (2020) and has continued down his producing path. He also starred alongside Ryan Reynolds in the Apple TV film, “Spirited” (2022).
Deschanel wasn’t the first choice to play Jovie.
“Elf” was the ninth feature-length film that Deschanel had appeared in since launching her acting career in 1998.
At the time “Elf” debuted, Deschanel was a relatively new actress in Hollywood with a few films under her belt, including “All the Real Girls” and “Almost Famous.”
And in 2003, she told liveabout.com that she believed she mostly got the part because she could sing.
Deschanel became the star of a popular TV show a few years later.
In 2006, she formed a two-person indie band with M. Ward called She and Him. The pair has released multiple studio albums together.
In 2020, she lent her voice to the character Bridget in “Trolls World Tour” and appeared in the short “Katy Perry: Not the End of the World” as a lookalike of the pop star.
Newhart has continued to act in comedies.
In 2017, he reprised his role as Papa Elf for a local TV commercial.
He also played professor Proton on the CBS “Big Bang” spin-off “Young Sheldon.”
Steenburgen would star alongside Ferrell again in 2008.
“Elf” wouldn’t be the last time Steenburgen would appear in a film with Ferrell. In 2008, the duo reunited in the comedy “Step Brothers,” with Steenburgen playing Ferrell’s mom once again.
In 2020, she appeared in the much-anticipated holiday movie “Happiest Season,” and has since been on recent seasons of several series, like “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”
The actress is also set to appear in the upcoming film, “Book Club 2: The Next Chapter.”
Even years later, Asner didn’t slow down.
He appeared on Netflix’s “Dead to Me” and Super Channel’s “Forgive Me.”
In August 2021, Asner died of natural causes at the age of 91.