Elf Off the Shelf, 2015

By Daron Aldridge

December 25, 2015

The Elf on the Shelf phenomenon continues to steamroll the Christmas consciousness. If you have somehow escaped this trend, here's how it works: Your family buys the Elf on the Shelf and all through December, he moves around the house after the kids go to bed. He serves always as the eyes and ears of Santa, and then flies home to the North Pole every night to report. He's a Christmas surveillance drone, if you will.

For the fourth year, the Elf is not content with merely hanging out on some shelf or mantle. He's once again taken a liking to not just invading your homes but well-known movie posters. Now, he returns as an Elf Off the Shelf.
That's how you get ants!

Day 1: Given his normally diminutive size it's not a stretch as to why he picked Ant-Man to kick off his adventures onto movie posters for this year.

Day 2: From one hero to another. On this second day of December, he takes the shape of the Elf-erine in the teaser poster for the X-Man's second solo film.
Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?

Day 3: It's Day 3 and fittingly time for Three Amigos. If you're wanting to see the Elf be Steve Martin, then it's (and he's) your Lucky Day. [See what he did there?]
Urbane as always.

Day 4: In honor of Daniel Craig's fourth outing as Bond, the Elf has shaken but not stirred things up by taking on Spectre.
Elves can love, too!

Day 5: "Yo, Adrian...It's only 20 days 'til Christmas." In recognition of Rocky's return to relevance with Creed, the Elf assumes the role of the Italian Stallion in his debut.
What a lovely day!

Day 6: The Elf gets a little post-apocalyptic but I'm not sure that Santa would appreciate his helper being so "Mad." I wonder if Fury Road is the way he travels to and from the North Pole.
I wonder how he got all buff.

Day 7: Of course, it must be a Furious seventh day and The Rock is the only way that the Elf would want to be a part of this franchise. Day 6 was Fury Road and Day 7 is Furious. What will Day 8 be?
I'm commandeering this tank for Santa!

Day 8: The Elf caps off his tri-Fury-logy by joining Brad Pitt's tank crew in 2014's war flick. Sorry, Shia. You're out of the squad.

Where are the fireworks?

Day 9: The Elf tries to fill the shoes of Cary Grant and charm the charming Grace Kelly in "To Catch an Elf."
Best Elf Off the Shelf ever.

Day 10: There are only two words to describe this request from BOP's own Kim Hollis -- "Groovy, baby!"
He's pale because he always lives at the North Pole.

Day 11: For this eleventh day of December, the Elf takes on the title role in Clint Eastwood's eleventh directorial outing. He did feel the need to make the film's tagline a little more seasonally appropriate.
No one ever suspects the short guy.

Day 12: In honor of what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, the Elf attempts to fill the no-doubt dapper shoes of Ol' Blue Eyes as Danny Ocean. As a birthday bonus, the Elf also ventured into the seedy world of The Man with the Golden Arm. Definitely not a lot of folks on the nice list here.
In space, no one can hear you making Christmas toys.

Day 13: Oops...The Elf took a wrong turn on the way to the North Pole last night and ended up waaaayyyy off course on the surface of Mars. It's time to bring this "Martian" home.
Looks like he even brought his own fairy dust.

Day 14: The Elf decides to go prehistoric in Pixar's big "What if..." movie. Looks like he also answers the question, "Which was first - Santa or the elves?"
It's not fair to use magic when you pitch.

Day 15: The Elf is just another Rookie with a dream of making it to the big show from the candy cane fields of the North Pole. Looking to make the big league a bit littler.
You gotta love a man in that hat.

Day 16: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give candied yams." The Elf seems to fit nicely into Rhett Butler's place charming Scarlett.
Is it just me or is his face even creepier than usual?

Day 17: "Claus may take our toys. But he will never take our FREEDOM!!!" Looks like the Elf is leading an uprising against the jolly ol' North Pole monarch.
The elf shot first.

Day 18: Making a nightly North Pole run in 12 parsecs explains a lot on how the Elf can take care of his elfin responsibilities before the Force...errrr...children awaken.
He's only happy when it rains.

Day 19: "Fear (of the naughty list) can hold you prisoner. Hope (of the nice list) can set you free." Andy the Elf seems to be relishing his break from his elfin shelf-sitting duties.
Still less creepy than Hugh Grant.

Day 20: "I'm just a girl, standing in front of an Elf...asking him to love her." - Anna Scott, in this updated tale of love between a common elf and a movie star.
Wait. This sleigh is going to space?

Day 21: "North Pole, we have a problem." It looks like the Elf will need to slingshot around the moon to make it back in time. This combined with his The Martian should be a sign that he needs to stay out of space.
That's one crazy stunt elf.

Day 22: The mission, if he chooses to accept it, should be to find a safer way to travel. Aircraft aren't working out for the Elf this year...at all.
Uh, that elf looks, uh, different.

Day 23: "What happens if you fail ITS test?" The clear answer for this elf-machina is placement on the naughty list. Thanks to Dan Krovich for the suggestion.
Kidnap the Sandy Claws?

Day 24: Thin...limber...would cast a distinctive silhouette on the moon? Nope, it's not Jack Skellington this time. The Elf drops by Halloweentown fittingly on the night(mare) before Christmas.
We're gonna need some more FBI Elfs

Day 25: The Elf Off the Shelf tradition of closing out the posters with a Christmas movie continues...with the yuletide classic: DIE HARD! Merry Christmas to all and to all a great holiday.



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