Based on the classic tale of the Shoemaker and the Elves, Hans the shoemaker is helped by a group of mismatched elves who want to work for Santa Claus.


(screenplay), (screenplay)

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of a likable orphan boy named Jeffrey and his cat who talks his way into a job at a toy factory run by a grouchy old man. Jeffrey is determined to spread as much Christmas cheer ... See full summary »

Director: Diane Eskenazi
The Princess Castle (Video 1996)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Like a lot of seven-year-old girls, Claire dreams of being in a faraway land. One day she is looking after her little sister Caitlin when the two sisters find a secret door under the stairs... See full summary »

Director: Diane Eskenazi
Snow (TV Movie 2004)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Set in San Ernesto, California with only three days before Christmas, Nick Snowden needs to rescue a young reindeer from a zoo.

Director: Alex Zamm
Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Ashley Williams, Patrick Fabian
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A college student experiences difficulty in getting home for Christmas after being hazed by his friends. While struggling to get home in time for Christmas, he learns quite a bit about ... See full summary »

Director: Arlene Sanford
Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna
Get Santa (2014)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A father and son who team up to save Christmas once they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage after crashing his sleigh and finding himself on the run from the police.

Director: Christopher Smith
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kit Connor
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.

Director: Michael Lembeck
Stars: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.

Director: Joe Roth
Stars: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin
Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin


Based on the classic tale of the Shoemaker and the Elves, Hans the shoemaker is helped by a group of mismatched elves who want to work for Santa Claus. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

christmas | See All (1) »


Animation | Family


Not Rated




Release Date:

29 August 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enchanted Tales: The Christmas Elves  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Warms the heart and charms the viewer
4 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a child I loved The Christmas Elves. Revisiting it again many years later on DVD, and it is just as warm, fun and charming as it ever was. It is short, but well rounded and satisfying.

The animation is mostly quite good. There was only one goof that was quite noticeable, and that was one scene where Elsa's dress changes from green to purple to green again. Other than that, the colours have a colourful, elegant feel to them, the backgrounds are simple but never too static and the character designs especially for Hans are not too blocky either, excepting Santa who looked a little odd and perhaps a little too tall.

Another surprise was the music. I liked the opening song, and while the melody for the vain king's song about shoes wasn't as memorable, the lyrics and the ostinato were and were quite amusing. The real delight in regard to this asset was the incidental music, lots of classical music to enjoy- such as Nutcracker, Eugene Onegin, Barber of Seville and Pastoral Symphony- and perfect for any kids introducing themselves to this wonderful but perhaps under-estimated genre of music or classical music enthusiasts like me.

The Christmas Elves' writing is also above average. The dialogue is funny and sweet without any obvious or over-used gags or cloying over-sentimentality. My only nit-pick was that the elf who always had his hat over his eyes wasn't always easy to hear with his words, due to his quite low speaking and strong accent. The part where Hans repays the elves by making the clothes is very sweet and the part with Hans meeting Tommy's family touching, and if I had to pick what was the funniest, I think it has to be the end with the vain king unable to take his new shoes off and finding he is saying kind things about everything and then trying to contradict himself.

Story-wise, The Christmas Elves is engaging. It is briskly paced and is a neat Christmas twist on The Elves and the Shoemaker. At the end I felt warm and cosy which is exactly what a Christmas movie should do and felt it had a lot of charm and heart. The characters have a lot of likability, as cute as the elves are the best character was Hans, a kind-hearted character who you root for immediately. The King is more amusing than sinister, but I quite liked this, and he is never too annoying. Voice work is very good mostly, Hans is very dynamic and the King is voiced with lots of gusto, however Santa could have been more jovial.

In conclusion, a great little Christmas movie. 9/10 Bethany Cox

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Christmas Elves (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page