NBC Announces Stop Motion ‘ELF’ Television Special—This December

ELF television special on NBC

I know, I know. It’s WAY to early to be talking Christmas already… but this news was just too good not to share. Apparently, LA-based stop motion studio Screen Novelties (Mysterious Mose, Spongebob Christmas Special) has been hard at work on a brand new TV special for NBC based on the 2003 film, ELF starring Will Ferrell. I don’t know about you, but Elf is one of the few modern-day Christmas classics and perhaps my favorite winter holiday film in recent years. The opening sequence alone, produced by the Chiodo Bros, is a worthy tribute to Rankin/Bass’ hallmark “animagic” style of stop motion, not to mention it’s just a funny movie.

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, which is set to air on Tuesday, December 16th (8pm ET/PT) on NBC, will be an hour-long special with 9 new songs. Ed Asner (formerly Santa Claus) returns as narrator while Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) will replace Will Ferrell as the voice of Buddy the Elf. The rest of the cast includes Mark Hamill, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles, and Steve Higgins.

Source: Cartoon Brew

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Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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  • Sweet! Great news. I agree with you about elf. It’s definitely a modern christmas classic that’s been a yearly tradition for me since 2003. Looking forward to this. I had no idea the Chiodo bros. were involved in the credits. Awesome.

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