I know that Halloween is still fresh on most people’s minds. If you are like us you probably have a ton of Halloween candy sitting in a great, big bowl on your counter top. With reminders of Halloween all around us, it’s hard to wrap our minds over the fact that Christmas is just a few weeks away.
Some are already getting into the Christmas spirit. Our local grocery store has been selling Christmas things for weeks, as well as the “bulk purchase” clubs like BJ’s and Costco. I was just in Target yesterday and they already have the Christmas trees up.
The Hallmark Channel has officially started to air Christmas movies from now until the end of the year. The other morning I caught my husband watching one (something about Christmas cookies), but he denies it. LOL!
When it comes to Christmas time you can’t beat the holiday movies. My family ALWAYS watches It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (the original), Christmas Vacation, Jingle All the Way, Christmas with the Cranks, A Christmas Story, Charlie Brown Christmas and all of the Rankin/Bass holiday shows – just to name a few. Elf is another one that we watch all the time too. In fact we can talk along with the characters in the movie – that is how many times we’ve seen it.
Elf is such a fun movie. It has so many great lines and scenes. “Francisco… that’s fun to say.” LOL!
Did you catch the animated musical version of the film last year entitled Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas? The animated film is based upon the life action (Will Ferral) version of the film, and features songs from the Broadway version (up until then I didn’t even know there was a Broadway version).
Done in stop-motion animation (similar to Rankin/Bass holiday classics), Buddy’s Musical Christmas follows the life of Buddy the Elf. Buddy was raised by Poppa Elf at the North Pole where he lived along side Santa and the Christmas Elves. One day Santa tells Buddy that he’s a human that as raised by elves. Curious about his bilogical father, Buddy heads off to New York City to find him.
Buddy does find his father, Walter, but the happy reunion was not what Buddy had envisioned. Walter is a grumpy man whose more focused on his business than his family.
Will Buddy be able to help Walter get into the holiday spirit? Well… if you’ve seen the live action film you already know the answer. If not, I won’t spoil it for you. You’ll just need to pick up a copy of Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas which is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas is fun for the whole family.
This is a musical so expect a lot of singing and dancing. That is part of the appeal of this animated version of the film. My husband was not too keen about the singing (he said there was way too much) but I enjoyed it.
This isn’t a 100% exact copy of the live action film, but close to it as far as the story line is concerned.
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas features the voice talents of Mark Hamill (Walter), Jim Parsons (Buddy), Ed Asner (Santa), Gilbert Gottfried (Mr. Greenway), Jay Leno (Fake Santa #1) and many others.
Don’t forget to check out the bonus featurette, Elf-in all the way: Inside Buddy’s recording sessions.
This would make a great stocking stuffer, as well as a delightful addition to your family’s holiday movie collection.
Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.