The Happy Little Elves are a children's program, often resembling a cross between The Smurfs, Snorks, Astrosnik, Oakie Doke, Teletubbies, Noddy's Toyland Adventures and Care Bears. First appearing in the short of The Tracey Ullman Show called Grandpa & the Kids, the characters in the Happy Little Elves are often crudely drawn and are generally aimed at younger children. They have spawned several direct-to-video films. Merchandising includes posters, lunchboxes, shirts, dolls, etc. Bart hates The Happy Little Elves, calling them “the crappy little elves” on several occasions.[1]

Movie and TV show listings

  • The Return of the Happy Little Elves [2]
  • The Happy Little Elves Meet the Curious Bear Cub [3]
  • The Happy Little Elves in Tinkly-Winkly Town [4]
  • The Happy Little Elves Meet Fuzzy Snuggleduck (Rated R) [5]
  • The Happy Little Elves Enjoy Each Other's Company [6]
  • The Happy Little Elves' Happy Little Picnic [7]
  • Attack of The Happy Little Elves (2002)
  • The Happy Little Elves 2: The Legend of Doofy's Gold [8]
  • The Happy Little Elves The Sequelf

Happy elves

Cast of Characters

  • Moldy – the elder. He has bottle-thick lenses, dark green skin w/ darker green ‘liver spots’ all over, carries a cane
  • Bubbles – He has 2 buck teeth, 3-button shirt, cone hat leaning backwards
  • Yendor – He has the blue-striped shirt, hat flopped-over backwards
  • Doofy – He has a single star on his shirt and a cone-shaped hat leaning forward
  • Cheery – The chick with big, blond hair
  • Brainy – He has no hat, big skull, and glasses
  • Chilly – (“the elf that cannot love”,) Frowns, seen on the cover of the video in “Enchanted”, hat flops over to the side.
  • Gloomy – The self-hating elf (apparently resembles Bart, as stated by Lisa in "Scary Movie".)
  • Smiley – Probably a happy elf
  • Giggly – Probably giggles a lot
  • Happy – Probably always happy

Their co-stars in Elfland include:

  • Curious Bear Cub – the curious cub, who is green, with a smile and a big nose; and, Fuzzy
  • Snuggleduck – it appears in the R rated movie The Happy Little Elves Meet Fuzzy Snuggleduck; a doll is shown in "Give me Merchandising or Give me Death!"
    Snuggle Duck

    A Snuggle Duck doll

  • Captain Cook – their resident bad guy and stereotypical pirate character, with a Jolly Roger pirate hat, snaggle-tooth, eyepatch, and pegleg.

There was a different female Elf seen on Maggie's wall [9] once, and there was a completely different, bearded elf (possibly “Gloomy”) pictured in the poster for “Return of the Happy Little Elves”.[10]


  • It's possible that the Happy Little Elves were inspired by The Smurfs.




Happy little Elves Guide Hill, Dave. The Happy Little Elves Mini-Guide.

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