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‘Elf’ Movie Gets Stop-Motion TV Special

Hour-long special, ‘Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas,’ Starring Jim Parsons, airs Tuesday, December 16.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA -- NBC is bringing in the holiday spirit with the stop-motion hour-long animated special “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas,” set to air Tuesday, December 16 at 8 p.m. Based on the popular film Elf and the hit Broadway show Elf: The Musical, the special will star four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) as Buddy.

“Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” combines the humor and spirit of both the beloved 2003 holiday film, which drew glowing reviews and earned $173 million at the domestic box office, and the hit Broadway production. The special is an all-new retelling of Buddy’s delightfully absurd yet heartwarming story and blends the look and feel of the stop-motion animated Christmas specials of the past with the sharp sensibility of the modern-day classic holiday film.

Santa narrates the story of Buddy’s travels to New York City to meet the father he never knew he had. Along the way his unrelenting cheer transforms the lives of everyone he meets and opens his father’s eyes to the magic of Christmas.

The voice cast also includes Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins.

There are nine songs in the special, including “Happy All the Time,” “A Christmas Song” and “Nobody Cares About Santa Claus.”

“Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” is produced by Warner Bros. Animation, directed by Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh, teleplay by Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin and Aaron Horvath & Michael Jelenic.

Score by Matthew Sklar and Christopher Guardino, with original songs from Elf: The Musical (music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin). Based on the New Line Cinema theatrical motion picture Elf, written by David Berenbaum, and the Broadway musical Elf, originally produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures in association with Unique Features.

Source: NBC

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.

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