Shelf elves at play

Following on yesterday’s “Elfshelfisms” posting, on The Elf on the Shelf book and the scout-elf toy and on elf on a shelf visual riddling (lemur on a femur etc.),  brief adventures of shelf elves at play: in the Nasty Elf genre of playful folk depictions of scout elves posed doing nasty, gross, and raunchy things (depictions passed around on the net the way variants of a joke form are passed around by word of mouth); and in human ShelfElfin figures engaged in similar play (specifically in soft porn, those naughty hunky boys).

Nasty elf provokes gremlin. Passed on to me by Tim Evanson (who came across it on Pinterest), a naughty shelf elf about to douse a gremlin — a mogwai from the movie Gremlins — with Dasani water, an action that will trigger the budding of the mogwai into a phalanx of gremlins:

(#1) Don’t expose gremlins to sunlight (it will kill them, messily); don’t get gremlins wet; and never, ever feed them after midnight (they will metamorphose into evil scaly creatures with razor teeth and claws)

From Wikipedia:

Gremlins is a 1984 American black comedy horror film directed by Joe Dante, written by Chris Columbus, and starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, and Frances Lee McCain, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo, the main mogwai character. It draws on legends of folkloric mischievous creatures that cause malfunctions — “gremlins” — in the British Royal Air Force going back to World War II. The story follows a young man who receives a strange creature as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, aggressive monsters that all wreak havoc on a whole town on Christmas Eve.

Note that Gremlins is a Christmas movie, and recall that shelf elves are Christmas creatures, which makes #1 a veritable Nasty Elf Christmas card. A joke composition — but as with ordinary cartoons, you have to recognize the figures in the picture to get the joke; if you don’t recognize the lower figure in #1 as a mogwai, you won’t understand #1.

Raunch elf displays on shelf. Vadim Temkin’s hunky (digital) elf on the shelf — in a response to my “Elfshelfisms” posting — just wants to share his Christmas goodies with us:

(#2) Raunchy shelf elves, it seems, don’t wear pants


One Response to “Shelf elves at play”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    Given the context, I now wish I had the skills to produce an image for “gremlin on the Kremlin”.

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