'Elf' Getting Remade as Animated Jim Parsons Christmas Special

October 24, 2014

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The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons is gearing up to play a different socially-repellant, emotionally-stunted outcast than usual. NBC is reportedly prepping an Elf animated Christmas event for the holidays, and Parsons has adopted the lead role of Buddy from Will Ferrell. Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles, and Steve Higgins will also provide voices in the special, titled Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas. Like Broadway's Elf: The Musical, the hour-long show is said to basically be a remake of the movie, but now with songs interspersed among the fish-out-of-water gags. It airs December 16, less than two weeks after the network's similarly musical Peter Pan lowers our standards for singing, green-clad eternal "boys" considerably.

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