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Elf Yourself Redesigned

Last year, around the same time, we spotted a very interesting service that made it possible to dress five people as elfs and have them perform a dance afterwards. The Elf Yourself craze was born and it quickly became a popular website. On a sidenote, my nephew who was 4 at the time, loved to see his family dance the elf dance.

This year the Elf Yourself website has been redesigned. There is a bit more of advertisement on the website but also additional content to make up for it. Don't worry! There is still the classic elves dance for those who might have missed it last year or cannot get enough of it.

In addition though you can now see them dance Disco, Country or Charleston as well each with a unique stage and effects. The music is obviously also different on every stage.

elf yourself

The developers have added possibilities to download the videos to the desktop or post them on various social networking sites like MySpace or Facebook. Expect a huge increase in Elf Yourself appearances on those sites.

Update: The Elf Yourself website is now redirecting to the Jibjab website where you find a larger assortment of animated ecards for the Holiday season and other events. As far as holiday ecards go, you get a couple of different categories to select from, from three beloved elf cards over classic movies and twisted holiday to music videos.

christmas ecards

The basic principle has remained the same. You need to upload one or multiple profile shots that are then added to the animated card in the right location.Once you have uploaded the photos and configured them properly, you may add a message before you send the card to one or multiple recipients.

Old Review from last year

I'm normally not a fan of putting images of people I know on the Internet but I made an exception for the Elf Yourself website. The pictures are still private and not viewable by anyone who does not know the correct link to the set that you have created. But let me start with a short explanation of what Elf Yourself is all about.

You can upload up to four images to the website, portraits preferred, and put the heads of the people on those images on elf bodies who will perform a short dance. A friend of mine was sending me a choreography that he created from pictures of his family and it was hilarious.

I did the same for my family and everyone liked it a lot. Heads can be scaled and rotated to match the body of the elf. Dots which can be partially moved are used to outline the head in detail. A outlined mouth has to be placed on the mouth of the person on the image as well.

elf yourself

It is possible to add and edit up to four pictures or use random images (from a preselected pool) to fill blank spaces. Voices can be added as well by dialing a phone number in the United States, probably a bit unpractical for users who do not live in the States. A link is generated which can then be send to friends and relatives as a pleasant surprise.

Update: The website is still available and works as advertised. If you always wanted to dance with President Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Queen of England, it is your chance to do so.

If you do not like elfs, try the Jibjab website instead. It offers additional animated ecards that you can create using a similar process.





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    Comments

    1. Marcus said on November 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm
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      Thanks for the tip. Definitely going to send around some Elf Yourself videos this year!

    2. Sam said on November 23, 2008 at 7:41 pm
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      Is this year ElfYourself slower than last years ? I did 3 and the animation is not as fluid as before ?

      Any suggestions ?

    3. Barb said on November 24, 2008 at 6:53 am
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      what has happened to elf yourself ?? i cant read the entire page & there is no where to scroll up or down..not to mention the whole thing is slower, in fact, it slows down my entire computer !! the arranging of the pics arent as precise as last year, there are less features to arrange the face..then once you are done, there is no editing like last year.&.if you click the back button, you are back to square one again !! too much advertising (from what i can see on the page) the video is smaller of the elfs, too…the dance to the original is not as nice, either…. is this going to get better ???—the charleston is cute , tho !!!!

    4. P said on November 24, 2008 at 6:55 am
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      have to login with info now..spam site..you and your friends will get it.Its ruined!

    5. Ed said on December 11, 2008 at 1:53 am
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      Barb, you are absolutely right. The ‘Elf yourself’ site isn’t as good as it was.
      My computer is also going slower.

    6. JOHN said on December 19, 2008 at 10:17 am
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      I AGREE WITH BARB TOTALLY
      NOT AS GOOD AS LAST YEARS

    7. Jeanne said on December 20, 2008 at 7:10 am
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      I’m disapointed in this this year too.

    8. JOHN said on December 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm
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      SLOW !! SLOW!!! SLOW!!!
      BUT I LIKE YOUR OFFICE PRODUCTS!!!!!!

    9. Lee said on December 21, 2008 at 6:08 am
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      Just (today) found out about elf yourself and tried it out. I was very pleased with what I did with the program but my big question is: Can you save the end result without having to go the commercial route? Also, are there additional whistles and bells with the purchased program?

    10. ciera said on December 22, 2008 at 4:19 am
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      this is horid it makes ever1’s computer slow i agree wit barb this sucks now it was better last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fix it know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    11. ciera said on December 22, 2008 at 4:20 am
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      horid

    12. dodge said on December 23, 2008 at 1:34 pm
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      way to slow, i can even upload one picture. why have you guys ruined elf yourself, it was the only free fun that could be had on the web. and now you’ve gone and fucked us and yourselfs.

    13. caitlin said on February 17, 2009 at 1:22 pm
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      I LOVE ELF YOUR SELF AND I KNOW MY CAPS LOCK IS ON I WILL TURN IT OFF RIGHT NOW OK i will turn it on agian now OK ITS ON I LOVE ELF YOUR SELF U SHOULD TO WOOO OK IF U DONT LOVE IT I WILL TORCHER U SO LOVE IT OK PLEASE REPLIE BACK SAYING IF U HATE IT OR LOVE IT OR ELS WHO EVER READES THIS DO U HAVE MSN REPLY BACK OK OR I WILL TORCHER U HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA FULL STOP.

    14. Daniel said on March 20, 2009 at 2:05 am
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      Elf Yourself is 1 of my favorite websites.Last year,my 3rd grade teacher did that in my classroom.

    15. Amit said on January 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm
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      Please tell WHERE is the Top Most = [Dress five people as elfs and have them perform a dance afterwards] is Available.

    16. carl said on March 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm
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      i can’t find it any where my brother is going mad we have been on all of the siotes and we can’t do it can somebody tell me what to do !!!!!!!!!!

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