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Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Animated version of much-loved tale invites younger viewers.

Movie NR 2015 60 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 6+

Entertaining Christmas Movie

This was a fun, 45-minute Christmas movie filled with original songs we'd like to hear again. My son really enjoyed the music. There were some tricky concepts in the movie, such as how Buddy was born without his father knowing, that his mother is no longer around, and his father's initial rejection of him. There was also a theme of his father rejecting his current wife and child in lieu of work/career. This was kind of heartbreaking to watch. The people on the "Naughty" list were also pretty scary and sinister-looking. These things aside, Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas was fun to watch, a good length and Buddy was so cheerful and fun. We certainly laughed out loud several times. Music was great.
age 9+

Wish I had read about it.

I made a mistake assuming this would be sensitive to the Santa story. Actually darker than the live action version. So disappointing. They should put a warning label at the front of it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This is a Christmas story worthy of a place on your traditions list. Since its debut in 2003, Buddy's story has warmed the holiday hearts of legions of fans, thanks in large part to Will Ferrell's masterful portrayal of the unfailingly cheerful and spirited elf. His are big shoes to fill -- not only in comparison to average-size elves' but also because he left such a mark on the role itself that not many could follow (even in voice only) to fans' satisfaction. Fortunately, the creators cast one of the few who could pull it off in Parsons, who is so in touch with his inner Buddy that it's a seamless transition to this special's animated style.

For all its broad appeal, the original movie still had a few snags that kept it from being something the entire family could watch together, but that's definitely not the case for Buddy's Musical Christmas. Even though it loses some of the laugh-out-loud absurdity that accompanied Ferrell's lanky, be-legginged image, the stop-motion animation recalls Christmas classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; offers a slightly more streamlined story; and yields nine lively musical numbers and heartwarming themes about families and the magic of the holiday.

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