Once upon a time, it was Will Ferrell trying to save his long-lost father from Santa’s “naughty list,” but in the new stop-motion animated adaptation Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas it’s Jim Parsons as the overgrown North Pole helper and Mark Hamill as his surly pop.
In this scene from the holiday special, the Big Bang Theory actor voices the overgrown elf follows his disbelieving father through the park in a bid to win him back over to the good side of Santa’s list.
If you think about it, it’s kind of the reverse of Darth Vader trying to woo Luke Skywalker to the dark side. So it’s extra fitting that the voice of the father is you-know-who.
Check out the full special when it airs Tuesday on NBC (8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT).