Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
Film information
Directed by: Mark Caballero
Seamus Walsh
Produced by: Chris Finnegan
Aaron Horvath
Michael Jelenic
Music by: Christopher Guardino
Matthew Sklar
Cinematography: Ralph Kaechele
Studio: New Line Television
Warner Bros. Animation
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television
Language: English

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. The special stars Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Kate Micucci, Ed Asner, Max Charles and Rachael MacFarlane. The special premiered on December 16, 2014, on NBC.


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. 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". 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." 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." 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."


  • The famous Wilhelm Scream is heard when Buddy kicks an elf out the window.

Differences from the original movieEdit

  • Papa Elf is absent from this special; instead, it is said that Buddy was raised by the elves.
  • Buddy's real name "William" was never mentioned.
  • The gender and name of Buddy and Jovie's child is different in this film. In the original film, they had a daughter named Susie whilst in this film, they have a son named Baby Buddy.


Voice actor Character
Jim Parsons Buddy Hobbs
Mark Hamill Walter Hobbs
Kate Micucci Jovie
Ed Asner Santa Claus
Max Charles Michael Hobbs
Rachael MacFarlane Emily Hobbs
Fake Santa #3 (singing voice)
Steve Higgins Chadwick
Kevin Michael Richardson Fake Santa #2
Jerry Hobbs
Gilbert Gottfried Mr. Greenway
Jay Leno Fake Santa #1
Grey DeLisle-Griffin Fake Santa #3
Fred Armisen Matthews
Matt Lauer Mr. Sea Serpent
Kevin Shinick Fake Santa #4

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