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

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‘Treat every day like Christmas’: Man dressed as Buddy the Elf is seen jumping a crosswalk in NYC on Thanksgiving Eve

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

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As Buddy the Elf once said, “Treat every day like Christmas,” even though it’s Thanksgiving.

To the delight of two NYPD officers driving through the Upper East Side early Wednesday morning, a Buddy the Elf impersonator recreated one of the most iconic scenes from Will Ferrell’s 2003 Christmas classic.

Dressed in an all-Buddy costume, the man gleefully leaped across an East 59th Street crosswalk, skipping every other white bar, just like Ferrell did in the movie.

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

Buddy the Elf impersonator recreated one of the most iconic scenes from Will Ferrell's 2003 Christmas classic early Wednesday on New York's Upper East Side.  The impersonator jumps over a pedestrian crossing on East 59th Street

Buddy the Elf impersonator recreated one of the most iconic scenes from Will Ferrell’s 2003 Christmas classic early Wednesday on New York’s Upper East Side. The impersonator jumps over a pedestrian crossing on East 59th Street

Two elated NYPD officers filmed from inside a police car excitedly shouting “yes.”

Deja vu?  The NYC man (left) was almost 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 almost 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 almost 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 almost 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 almost 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” each time in the eight-second clip.

“Hi Buddy, we hope you find your father!” the NYPD quoted from the film.

Like New York City’s only personal Buddy the Elf, Ferrell’s character traverses the Big Apple to find his father, who lives there, after leaving the North Pole.

Ferrell discussed filming the role with James Corden in 2018, saying he feared it would be a flop and fans would wonder, “What happened to you?” Why did you do that about the eleven?”

Ferrell (pictured as Buddy in 2003) was afraid the movie would flop and his fans would wonder, “Why did you do the one about the elf?” It grossed over $200 million at the box office worldwide and is now a Christmas classic

Fortunately for Ferrell, the film has become synonymous with Christmas in the Big Apple and was a blockbuster, grossing $222 million worldwide.

The film is now regarded as a modern classic and certainly one that young and old alike can quote… and imitate.

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