This is a classic Brothers Grimm story which presents some difficulty for the modern storyteller. Obviously, the shoemaker has to eventually become independent of the elves, or else it's just not fair that he gets this magical assist without having to do any work for it. It's that whole thing of buying someone a fish versus teaching them to fish.
- The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) Not yet available on DVD, but occassionally turns up on TMC: A lavish biopic of the Brothers (it’s unclear how accurate it is) with three “story sequences,” one of which is based on this story and features some adorable stop-motion elves.
- “The Elves and the Shoemaker” by John Cech and Kirill Chelushki, A beautifully ilustrated children’s book which is much better than my version.
- "Muppet Classic Theater" (Video)(1994) Kermit and Robin play the shoemaker and his nephew who are visited in the middle of the night by three Elvises who fill the shop with blue suede shoes. I just think it's funny. I wish they'd put this on DVD already.