Man dressed as Buddy the Elf is spotted jumping across a pedestrian crossing in NYC 

‘Treat every day like Christmas’: Man dressed as Buddy the Elf is spotted jumping across a pedestrian crossing in NYC on Thanksgiving Eve

  • A Buddy the Elf impersonator recreated one of the most iconic scenes from Will Ferrell’s 2003 Christmas classic film as he hopped across a crosswalk in NYC 
  • He was delightedly spotted early Wednesday morning by two NYPD officers driving down 59th Street in Manhattan’s Upper East Side 
  • ‘Late night Buddy the Elf spotting on the Upper East Side!’ the 19th Precinct’s Twitter page posted
  • The officers could be heard excitedly cheering the man on as they hoped he would find his dad, like in the movie 
  • The movie Elf instantly became a cult holiday classic upon its release, grossing $222 million at the box office worldwide  

As Buddy the Elf once said: ‘Treat every day like Christmas,’ even if it is Thanksgiving

To the delight of two NYPD officers cruising around the Upper East Side early on Wednesday morning, a Buddy the Elf impersonator recreated one of the most iconic scenes from Will Ferrell‘s 2003 Christmas classic film. 

The man, dressed in a whole Buddy customer, delightedly hopped across an East 59th Street crosswalk, skipping every other white bar just like Ferrell did in the movie. 

‘Late night Buddy the Elf spotting on the Upper East Side!’ the 19th Precinct’s Twitter page posted. 

Buddy the Elf impersonator recreated one of the most iconic scenes from Will Ferrell's 2003 Christmas classic early on Wednesday in New York's Upper East Side. The impersonator can be seen hopping across a crosswalk on East 59th Street

Buddy the Elf impersonator recreated one of the most iconic scenes from Will Ferrell’s 2003 Christmas classic early on Wednesday in New York’s Upper East Side. The impersonator can be seen hopping across a crosswalk on East 59th Street 

Two delighted NYPD officers filmed from inside a police cruiser as they excited screamed 'yes'

Two delighted NYPD officers filmed from inside a police cruiser as they excited screamed ‘yes’

Deja vu? The NYC man (left) was nearly an exact replica of Will Ferrell (right) as he hip hopped across the crosswalk just like Buddy did in the milk

Deja vu? The NYC man (left) was nearly an exact replica of Will Ferrell (right) as he hip hopped across the crosswalk just like Buddy did in the milk

Deja vu? The NYC man (left) was nearly an exact replica of Will Ferrell (right) as he hip-hopped across the crosswalk just like Buddy did in the milk 

The officers can be heard giving the man an encouraging ‘yes’ every time hop in the eight-second clip. 

‘Bye, Buddy, we hope you find your dad!’ the NYPD quoted from the movie. 

Just like New York City’s only personal Buddy the Elf, Ferrell’s character traverses the Big Apple in order to find his dad, who lives there, after leaving the North Pole. 

Ferrell discussed filming the role with James Corden in 2018, saying he worried it would be a flop and fans would question: ‘Whatever happened to you? Why did you do that one about the elf?’ 

Ferrell (pictured as Buddy in 2003) worried the movie would be a flop and that his fans would question: 'Why did you do that one about the elf?' It ended up grossing more than $200million at the box office worldwide and is now a Christmas classic

Ferrell (pictured as Buddy in 2003) worried the movie would be a flop and that his fans would question: ‘Why did you do that one about the elf?’ It ended up grossing more than $200million at the box office worldwide and is now a Christmas classic 

Luckily for Ferrell, the movie has become synonymous with Christmas in the Big Apple and was a box office hit, grossing $222 million worldwide. 

The film is now considered a modern classic and definitely one both young and old can quote…and imitate. 

Ferrell is back for another Christmas movie this year, starting in Apple TV+’s Spirited, alongside Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds.  

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