The Happy Little Elves – Springfield, USA

The Happy Little Elves were the favorite cartoon characters of Lisa and baby Maggie Simpson on the Fox Network animated cartoon THE SIMPSONS (1990- ).

The Happy Little Elves cartoons were aired on THE KRUSTY THE KLOWN SHOW, another children’s show seen on THE SIMPSONS TV series.


The tiny creatures made their first appearance on “Scary Movie,” a Simpsons short that aired on the 38th Simpson short as part of THE TRACY ULLMAN SHOW on February 12, 1989.

The story follows Bart, Lisa and Maggie as they go to the movie to see “Return of the Happy Little Elves.” Bart, Lisa and Maggie go to the movies to see “The Return of the Happy Little Elves.”


On the way to the film, Lisa asks Bart “Who’s your favorite Happy Little Elf, Bart? Yendor, Bubbles, or Doofy?” Bart responds, “I can’t stand those stupid elves.” “Gee, Bart,” says Lisa, “You’re just like Gloomy, the self-hating elf.” When they get to the theater, Bart buys tickets for “Revenge of the Space Mutants” instead. On several occasions, Bart refers to the elves as the “Crappy Elves”)


The Happy Little Elves consists of:

Moldy – The elder who wears thick glasses, has liver spots and carries a cane.
Bubbles – who has buck teeth.
Yendor [Rodney spelled backwards] – wears a blue-striped shirt and hat.
Doofy – sports a star on his shirt.
Cheery – a blond-haired elf and (like the Smurfs), the only female elf.
Brainy – has a big head and wears glasses.
Gloomy – “the self-hating elf.”
Chilly – “the elf that cannot love.”, frowns a lot (seen on the cover “The Happy Little Elves Meet the Curious Bear Club” video).
Smiley – smiles a lot.
Giggly – giggles a lot.
Happy – is happy a lot.
Happy Green Idiots – elves that have fallen into the Honey Pot.


Pictures of the Happy Little Elves can be found on the walls in Lisa and Maggie’s room. One of the elves is stuffed in Lisa’s bookcase.

Over their career, the elves spawned several direct-to-video films, as well as, merchandising including posters, lunchboxes, shirts, dolls, books and computer games.

Their filmography included:

Scenes from The Happy Little Elves videos were aired during THE SIMPSONS’ first episode as well as in “The Babysitter Bandit” episode when Bart and Lisa are tied up and forced to watch “The Happy Little Elves Meet the Curious Bear Cub.

When Lisa’s mother Marge Simpson went to a weekend getaway at Rancho Relaxo, the movie “The Happy Little Elves Meet Fuzzy Snuggleduck” was one of the R-rated European adult movies available on their cable channels.


“The Happy Little Elves Hangin’ with the Gnome Boys” is an LP album by The Happy Little Elves and Gnome Boys.

There was an iPhone App called “The Simpsons Tapped Out.” The electronic game featured the world of the Happy Little Elves. Homer Simpson was so addicted to the game, he forgot to do his actual job at the nuclear power plant and blew up Springfield.

Speaking of nuclear power, there was also a book that Lisa Simpson was seen reading entitled: “The Happy Little Elves Wide World of Nuclear Fission.

And, there was a rare collectible Happy Little Elf doll named Baby Musthave (a baby girl doll) only available through at the local Texxon gas station. The doll was featured on “Lisa Simpson, This Isn’t Your Life,” the fifth episode of season 22 of THE SIMPSONS.


Although The Happy Little Elves were featured heavily in early episodes of The Simpsons, they appeared less and less as Itchy and Scratchy became the show’s go-to cartoon satire.

Happy Little Elves game – Simpson’s Tapped Out Intro (Video)
The Simpsons (IMDB)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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