Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas

Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas
  • G
  • 43m
  • 2014
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Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas combines the humor and spirit of both the beloved 2003 holiday film 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 and nine songs from the Broadway production. Score by Matthew Sklar and Christopher Guardino. Original songs from "Elf: The Musical" - music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gail Pennington

It's new, and even modern, but it has the warm heart and stop-motion style of holiday specials pas...

June 25, 2017
USA Today
Robert Bianco

The story is sweet, and the special is still a good choice for family viewing.

June 25, 2017
Uncle Barky
Ed Bark

As holiday newcomers go, this is much better than socks and underwear from Grandma. Just don't exp...

June 25, 2017
New York Daily News
David Hinckley

Every little once in a while, a television special reminds us that the Christmas spirit can make t...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Animated version of much-loved tale invites younger viewers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas is an animated merging of the stories of the 2003 hit movie Elf and its Broadway musical subsidiary. Compared to the full-length film, there's significantly less marginal content in this stop-animation version; some comical impacts (Buddy is hit by multiple cars, for instance) and infrequent insults such as "fatso" and "jerk" are as edgy as it gets. In exchange, viewers get even sweeter moments of family emotion, lots of Christmas cheer, and a soundtrack packed with songs that are destined to become sing-along favorites. Need more reason to love it? Even for all his absurdity, misfit Buddy is an excellent example of the joy of being true to yourself, despite other people's expectations.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Fantasy, Family
  • Release Date:December 16, 2014
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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