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.
Movie and TV show listings
- The Return of the Happy Little Elves 
- The Happy Little Elves Meet the Curious Bear Cub 
- The Happy Little Elves in Tinkly-Winkly Town 
- The Happy Little Elves Meet Fuzzy Snuggleduck (Rated R) 
- The Happy Little Elves Enjoy Each Other's Company 
- The Happy Little Elves' Happy Little Picnic 
- Attack of The Happy Little Elves (2002)
- The Happy Little Elves 2: The Legend of Doofy's Gold 
- The Happy Little Elves The Sequelf
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!"
- 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  once, and there was a completely different, bearded elf (possibly “Gloomy”) pictured in the poster for “Return of the Happy Little Elves”.
- It's possible that the Happy Little Elves were inspired by The Smurfs.
Hill, Dave. The Happy Little Elves Mini-Guide.