Parents' Guide to


By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Create a dancing elf version of yourself.

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Company which takes your money then................
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Creepy because of ad

I was excited to make a video and loved how easy and funny it was to do (we even included our dog). When I finished the video and showed it to my husband, the ad that came up was for funeral services! So super creepy after watching a happy video with my family. I deleted the app .

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ElfYourself by OfficeMax -- which is powered by the eCard-based site JibJab -- lets users create up to five elves using personal photos that will dance in a brief video to hip-hop, country, or other types of music. The site is simple to use: You just upload a JPEG or PNG photo from your computer or Facebook account, or use one taken with your webcam. You can zoom and rotate the photo to make it fit as the elf's face and choose how you'd like your elf to dance, surf, or sing.

If you'd like to send the video to someone or watch it at a later date, you'll need to enter your email address (which will garner you a few e-mails from the site, JibJab, and OfficeMax). If you'd like to download the video to your phone or computer, it'll cost you $4.99. A banner ad also encourages users to order mugs, a DVD with eight versions of your elf self dancing, and other items with your elf image on them. However, if you just want to visit the site and create and view an elf video, you're in for a bit of holiday cheer: You don't need to enter any personal information -- and you can watch it as many times as you'd like in one sitting for free.

Online interaction: Users can share their elf video via Twitter or post it to their Facebook wall or a friend's wall with a quick click. However, you can't friend or meet people on the site.

Website Details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 4, 2020

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