Buddy the Elf (voiced by Jim Parsons) gets into a bit of a scuffle after exposing a fake Santa Claus in the first clip and a trailer from NBC's Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, which we reported in October will debut Tuesday, December 16 at 8 PM ET. The animated holiday special is based on the hit 2003 live action film Elf, which starred Will Ferrell as Buddy, an "elf" at the North Pole who travels to New York City to meet his long-lost father, Walter (James Caan). Along with Jim Parsons, who voices Buddy, Kate Micucci's Jovie is also featured in this new scene, a character originally played by Zooey Deschanel in Elf.
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas combines the humor and spirit of both the beloved 2003 holiday film, which drew glowing reviews and earned $173 million at the domestic box office, 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. Santa (Edward Asner) narrates the story of Buddy's travels to New York City to meet the father he never knew he had. Along the way his unrelenting cheer transforms the lives of everyone he meets and opens his father's eyes to the magic of Christmas.
Mark Hamill, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins round out the voice cast for this animated special, which features nine new songs including "Happy All the Time," "A Christmas Song" and "Nobody Cares About Santa Claus." In addition to the clip, we also have the first trailer, which you can check out below before this holiday special debuts next week.