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(1985)

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The role of B.Z. was offered to Harrison Ford, Burt Reynolds, Dustin Hoffman and Johnny Carson all of whom turned it down.
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Real deer were trained to pull the sleigh. The crew required months to complete the training which also allowed the deer to grow their antlers for the final filming. For shots where it was not possible to use the deer, sophisticated animatronic deer were used.
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In the U.S. trailers for the film, Dudley Moore gets top billing and David Huddleston gets third billing. In the international trailer, Huddleston gets top billing and Moore gets fourth billing.
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When Patch is viewing the BZ Toys display in the New York window a van painted exactly like the A-Team van is parked on the street behind him.
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The role of the Ancient Elf was written with James Cagney in mind. However, with Cagney being very weak in his old age, the legendary actor could not adequately assume the role, despite the fact that he liked the film's overall idea.
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John Carpenter was the first choice to direct. He was turned down by the producers as he wanted final cut and a chance to do the score as well. His choice for Santa was Brian Dennehy.
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At the time of the movie's announcement, the British Press carried reports that diminutive actors such as David Jason, Patrick Troughton and Norman Wisdom would be cast alongside Dudley Moore as fellow Elves. This ultimately came to nothing.
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Paul McCartney was originally going to write and perform a theme song, but his record label declined.
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The name of Dooley, one of the elves, was the maiden-name of David Huddleston's (Santa) mother.
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Fred Astaire was considered for the role of the Ancient Elf.
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Ilya Salkind:  standing behind Patch in the commercial.
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