TV Show Name: Shrek the Halls
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Release Date(s): November 28, 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
It is Christmastime, and Shrek isn’t ready. The reason is that Shrek has no idea what Christmas really is and now he has a family that is expecting a big Christmas morning. When Donkey and Shrek’s other friends crash the Christmas party, Shrek finds his chances at a good Christmas ruined. Now, Shrek must find a way to make up to his friends and find a way to salvage Christmas.
Falling between Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, Shrek the Halls first aired on ABC on November 28, 2007. The special was directed by Gary Trousdale and was well received with high ratings. The main characters of the film were reprised by the voice actors Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Fiona, and Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots along with others.
I’m not a big Shrek fan. While it is fun for the movie to mix genres, modern references in a castle style setting filled with ogres and fairytale creatures, I think the story would be more touching and emotional if they toned down the pop-culture references. I wish that the writers had thrown in some traditional story aspects to the story…that doesn’t necessarily mean religious, but of course a lot of the How the Grinch Stole Christmas wasn’t very traditional when it was made, but now is a classic…maybe the same will be true for Shrek the Halls.
The story is kind of all over the place. The lead-up to Christmas Day is fun, and I thought the whole show was going to be more about planning the holiday, but it ends up taking place on Christmas. I do like the three stories of Christmas from Donkey, Puss-n-Boots, and the fan favorite Gingerbread Man (being menaced by a giant Santa). The end reveals that Shrek’s never had Christmas was pretty obvious, and I would have guessed that the relatively smart characters would have known that beforehand.
Shrek the Halls might actually become a modern classic. With Shrek’s popularity continuing I imagine that this series will air for a number of years. It is available on DVD and sometimes can be found in a Blu-Ray multipack with Merry Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon: Gift of the Night Fury.
Shrek 2 (2004)
Shrek the Third (2007)
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Puss in Boots (2011)