It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- at least, online it is. The Internet is flooding with Christmas cheer after it was confirmed that Jim Parsons, best known as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory,” would be taking on another beloved character during NBC’s stop-motion, hourlong animated holiday special, “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas.” The Christmas special is to air Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. EST.
Parsons, 41, will be voicing the lead character of Buddy, an elf who travels to New York City in search of his father, in the animated musical. The role was previously portrayed by Will Ferrell, 47, in the 2003 holiday hit. Unlike Ferrell’s character, Parsons will be putting his vocal chords to the test as he sings throughout the musical-esque special (in an animated elf body), which is partially based on the Broadway adaptation of the film.
According to reports, three of the nine songs sung by Parsons are “Happy All the Time,” “A Christmas Song” and “Nobody Cares About Santa Claus.” There’s been no word if “Warm Kitty: The Christmas Edition” will be caroled in the NBC movie.
Joining Parsons in the animated Christmas adventure is Ed Asner, who voiced the character of Carl Fredricksen in the 2009 Disney movie “Up.” Asner will be narrating the story as Santa Claus while Buddy travels from the North Pole to New York to spread holiday cheer. Viewers will hear other familiar voices throughout the holiday special, including Mark Hamill, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins.
This isn’t the first time Parsons will be acting alongside Santa Claus in a television installment. In Season 6 of the CBS sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory,” Parsons' character Sheldon was killed by jolly old St. Nicholas in a dream sequence after the Caltech theoretical physicist failed to save Santa from a dungeon of Ogres. It’ll be a nice change of pace to see Parsons on Kris Kringle’s nice list for once!
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