Posted by KellyC | 19 November 2012 | Comments (0)
The Santaland Diaries' Crumpet the Elf is sure to once again bring lots of laughter and entertainment to Portland this holiday season. After all, he is an elf. Short or tall, toy makers or orc killers, elves just might be some of the funniest and most mysterious characters out there.
Which other elves have been known to entertain over the years? Let's venture into "Elfdom" and find out!
Welcome to Elfdom.
You are now entering a land of candy canes, magic dust, maple syrup, pointy ears, striped socks and oh-so-luscious hair.
Today's featured citizens:
Played by Will Ferrell in Elf, this energetic and abnormally large elf is spreading Christmas cheer by singing it loud for all to hear. He also tries to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Raised by Papa Elf at the North Pole, Buddy takes a trip to New York City to find his real father. Through a series of hilarious and joyful encounters, it could be argued that Buddy brings more Christmas spirit to the Big Apple than Santa himself. He is the best snowball thrower in Central Park, and without a doubt the best Christmas decorator that Gimbels department store has ever seen.
Snap! Crackle! Pop!
These little gnomic elves are the mascots of Kellogg's breakfast cereal, Rise Krispies. They
were originally created in the 1930s by illustrator Vernon Grant, and have been rising
early with us ever since! Snap is the oldest and a problem solver, and can always be seen wearing a baker's hat. Crackle is the "middle child" and wears a striped stocking cap,
leaving his occupation up for interpretation. Pop wears the military cap of a marching
band leader and is a mischievous youngster. In the 1950s, there was a fourth elf named
Pow who was meant to represent the explosive nutritional value found in Rice Krispies.
Pow was only a member of the clan for a short period of time.
Because Snap! Crackle! Pop! are onomatopoeias, their market names are different in other countries! For example...
Denmark: Pif! Paf! Puf!
France: Cric! Crac! Croc!
Germany: Knisper! Knasper! Knusper!
Mexico: Pim! Pum! Pam!
With his gorgeous locks and excellent bowmanship, Legolas is probably the most beautiful (and dreamy) elf of them all. This Middle Earth elf is a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He may not be a Christmas elf, but he still has those pointy ears and is extremely old. In fact, it is assumed that Legolas is, at most, 999 years old! Played by Orlando Bloom in the Lord of the Rings films, this Sindarin elf has some incredible eyesight and extremely sensitive hearing. Perfect for spotting and slaughtering some of Middle Earth's dark servants, orcs!
He's adorable and timeless. In Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer we meet Hermey, the little elf who does not want to make toys. What does he want to do? Be a dentist!
Cookie and cracker manufacturer Keebler has been featuring the Keebler elves, led by Ernest J. Keebler (or "Ernie") since 1968. Through the years, these busy bakers have been entertaining audiences in hundreds of commercials. They are also shown on much of Keebler's packaging and materials. Ernie and the gang live in a tree that is often transformed into the Keebler logo in commercials. They call their bakery The Hollow Tree Factory!
Other Keebler elves who have graced cookie packages through the years include Fryer Tuck, Zoot and J.J., Ernie's mother Ma Keebler, young Elmer Keebler, Buckets, Fast Eddie, Sam, Roger, Doc, Zack, Flo, Leonardo, Elwood, Professor, Edison, Larry and Art.
Ever had dreams of being a Christmas elf? Click here to create a dancing elf video, in which you and your friends are the stars!
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