As if there aren’t quite enough reruns of Jon Favreau and Will Ferrell’s 2003 holiday hit Elf on television for fans this holiday season, NBC is debuting a new take on the modern Christmas classic.
NBC announced today that Jim Parsons will voice Buddy the Elf in a stop-motion animated special, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. Based on the film and Broadway musical, the one-hour special will follow Buddy’s exploits as he travels to New York City in search of the father he never knew.
Santa, played by Ed Asner in the original film and who will be part of the new special’s voice cast, will narrate the story as Buddy shows everyone he meets that the best way to bring Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
The rest of the voice cast includes a number of notable names and familiar NBC faces, including Mark Hamill, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles, and Steve Higgins. The special will also include several songs from the film’s Broadway musical adaptation, including “Happy All the Time,” “A Christmas Song,” and “Nobody Cares About Santa Claus.”
Hopefully fans of the film will be as excited for this new take on the tale as Buddy is excited about just about everything.