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Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas is a 2014 American stop-motion animated Christmas musical television special directed by Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh and written by Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic, Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan. It is based on the 2003 film Elf and the Broadway theatre musical Elf: The Musical. While Ed Asner reprises his role of Santa Claus from the film, the rest of the cast consists of Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Kate Micucci, Max Charles, and Rachael MacFarlane. The special premiered on December 16, 2014, on NBC.

Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
Elf- Buddy's Musical Christmas.jpg
Based onElf
by David Berenbaum
Elf: The Musical
by Bob Martin
Thomas Meehan
Screenplay byAaron Horvath
Michael Jelenic
Bob Martin
Thomas Meehan
Directed byMark Caballero
Seamus Walsh
StarringJim Parsons
Mark Hamill
Kate Micucci
Ed Asner
Max Charles
Rachael MacFarlane
Theme music composerChristopher Guardino
Matthew Sklar
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Chris Finnegan
Aaron Horvath
Michael Jelenic
CinematographyRalph Kaechele
Editor(s)Mike Wright
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)New Line Television
Warner Bros. Animation
Animation Services:
Screen Novelties
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
Original networkNBC
Original release
  • December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16)


Santa narrates the story of Buddy's travels to New York City to meet his father. Along the way, his unrelenting cheer transforms the lives of everyone he meets and opens his father's eyes to the magic of the holiday.



The special was viewed by 4.82 million viewers.[1] Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas received positive reviews from critics. The review-aggregation website Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 74 out of 100 based on 8 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[2] Ray Rahman of Entertainment Weekly gave the special a B+, saying "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas probably won't become a classic, but it's a fun break from the usual standards."[3] Brian Lowry of Variety gave the special a positive review, saying "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas suits the genre well, and suggests there is an alternative to simply running the sprockets off old holiday perennials. And in albeit in a minor way, that's good reason to be happy — if not all the time, at least for an hour or so."[4] Erik Adams of The A.V. Club gave the special a B, saying "Narratively and emotionally rushed, at least Buddy's Musical Christmas smartly emphasizes its animated nature, through visual inventiveness and top-flight voice talent."[5]

Home mediaEdit

Warner Home Video released Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas on DVD and Blu-ray on November 3, 2015.[6]


The film was nominated for seven Annie Awards and won one for Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[7]


  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 17, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'NCIS' & 'The Voice' Adjusted Up, No Adjustment for 'Person of Interest' or 'MasterChef Junior'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas". Metacritic. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Tonight's Best - TV - Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  4. ^ "'Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas' TV Review on NBC". Variety. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Review: An animated retelling of Elf justifies its existence with visual daring". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas: Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Kate Micucci, Edward Asner, Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  7. ^ "Annie Awards Nominees". Retrieved 2016-01-17.

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