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Elf Yourself, Become a Simpsons Character and Other Fun Sites
More Fun With Sites Like Elf Yourself
Elf yourself! Become an M&M, turn yourself into a Simpsons character or South Park character, or star in your own animated e-card. There are plenty of ways to have fun (and waste time!) online. All you need is a digital photo and a few minutes of time. Find out about popular sites like Elf Yourself and then create your own virtual alter ego online. Take a look below to get started.
(Image from Elf Yourself)
Turn Yourself Into an Elf
Become an elf and impress your friends with your dance skills
Elf Yourself is an extremely popular site that is only available during the Christmas holidays, and if you haven't discovered it yet, you must be living on an island or in a cave without Internet access. Sponsored by Office Max, the site allows you to upload one to five photos and become a dancing elf.
This year there are nine different dances featuring a variety of music, from funk and hip hop to country and disco. You can also buy products featuring your alter elf self. Get mugs, mousepads, Christmas ornaments, blankets, playing cards, puzzles and posters, as well as a DVD featuring all 8 elf dances. All of these are personalized with images of your "elf self."
JibJab, which powers Elf Yourself, also offers other animated Christmas cards and Sendables Starring You! video e-cards to which you can add your own photos.
Elf Yourself Video - An example of one family's Elf Yourself video
If you haven't seen an Elf Yourself video, check out the example below. This is the original dance offered on the site. This year you can also select from several other dances available.
JibJab became extremely popular during the 2004 election when their parody of George Bush and John Kerry singing and dancing in "This Land" became a huge hit on the web. These are also the folks behind the extremely popular Elf Yourself site. But now you don't need to wait until Christmas to stick your face in a fun animated greeting..
Their Sendables Starring You! electronic greeting cards include your own face (or someone else's) in a (typically irreverent) short video greeting. They have cards for all occasions, including birthdays and holidays. Some are free and some are available to members only ($12 for an annual membership), but all of them are great fun!
Elf Yourself and the "Starring You" videos from JibJab are loads of fun for the holidays because you can put your own face in the video. But how about making your house the star of another fun video?
Well, perhaps co-star would be a better word because Santa Claus is the real star of this video. Thanks to the magic of technology at The Santa Video.com, you can now catch Santa on video right in your own house. How fun is THAT? Your kids will be amazed to see Santa walk into your living room, family room, or wherever St. Nick delivers gifts on Christmas Eve and go about his business. You could even catch him at the office and amaze your coworkers. All you need is a photo of the place where Santa will be visiting and the ability to upload it. With realistic evidence like this, you might find yourself believing in Santa again.
Become a South Park Character
Turn yourself into one of these funky cartoon characters
Thanks to lensmaster kab, I'm adding another great site, SP Studio, where you can turn yourself into a South Park character. This flash site was developed by a German South Park fan who started in back in 2001 while still in school. You could easily waste a lot of time on this site choosing your hat, hair, eyes, mouth, and "stuff" for your character such as exotic weapons or motifs for your shirt. You can even type your own text to appear on your shirt. If you're a South Park fan, you'll love this site.
Turn Your Kids Into Their Favorite Characters
Now your kids can star in their own videos
Has your son ever dreamed of being Spider-man? Does your daughter love Dora the Explorer? Now they can star in videos with their favorite characters, thanks to Kideo.com. Try the free demo page to make your kids the star of animated DVDs with Dora, Barney, Spider-man and Care Bears, or check out the rest of the site to see other characters and order your personalized DVD.
I ordered one of the Dora DVDs for my two-year-old's birthday, and she loved it!
Move over, Beverly Hills Chihuahua! Now anyone can make their pets talk and sing. PQ Talking Photo by PQ Computing Labs is a software program that will turn any digital image into a talking character.
You can check out samples created by other users or use the demo to create your own talking photo. Just click on the Create My Actor button to upload your photo and then follow the onscreen directions. With the full download, you can create talking photos to save to your photo album, personal page on myspace, facebook, etc, or download to your iPod, mp3 player or cell phone.
And For Offline Fun...
Cardboard cutout photo props to turn your kids into their fantasy characters
My kids love posing in cut-outs when we're visiting special places. And now you can do this at home! BuyCostumes.com offers table-top photo props to turn your kids into pirates, princesses and other fun characters. And for less than $10, this is a fun way to turn your kids into their favorite characters or have fun at a birthday party.