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Shrek the Halls

A 2007 holiday special featuring everyone's favorite ogre and friends.

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Shrek Learns About Christmas

  • Dec 7, 2013
This Christmas special takes place after the events of SHREK THE THIRD. Shrek and Fiona are happily raising their babies, but Donkey keeps bugging Shrek about getting ready for Christmas. Shrek has never celebrated Christmas before and doesn't plan on doing so until he finds out Fiona is looking forward to it and Shrek unexpectedly promises Fiona a Christmas surprise. Shrek races into town on Christmas Eve to get a book from the book seller to find out what Christmas is about and then sets out to make a wonderful family Christmas for Fiona and the kids. However, he informs Donkey of his plans and son Donkey and many of the other fairy tale creatures that are a part of Shrek's extended family invade their home for a Christmas party. A time of storytelling and mayhem ensues.

The animation is good and the vocal talents from the Shrek movies do the voices of their respective characters. However, I didn't find the special to be as funny or entertaining as some of the other Shrek specials. I was also discouraged that the special didn't focus much on the "giving" aspect of the season (family is the big catch word in the special). Also, the special is rather short with a total running time of about 23 minutes. Despite this, I did enjoy watching it and found it somewhat entertaining. I like SCARED SHREKLESS better, but SHREK THE HALLS is ok.

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December 07, 2013
It's entertaining for sure!
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Quick Tip by . December 09, 2009
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Funnier than the original movies were! An absolutely hilarious Christmas special for a slightly naughtier generation of children and adults.
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Despite its 22-minute run time, Shrek the Halls (originally written as a half-hour TV special), is packed with plenty of laughs and holiday cheer. The animation is rich, and the character interplay among all the folks we know and love--Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots--endearing and spot-on. Shrek wants to throw the "perfect Christmas" for Fiona and the kids, but as an ogre, has no Yule experience. So he starts at the local bookstore, where a winsome clerk (voiced by Marissa Jaret Winokur) quickly sizes up Shrek's hapless situation and pronounces: "I know all about Christmas, and I have just the book for you: 'Christmas for Village Idiots.'" Shrek becomes so focused on doing the holiday "by the book" that he fails to notice the magic and comradely chaos unfolding all around him. Fiona, for instance, has some neat tricks for making holiday decorations (watch how she turns a festively striped snake into the perfect candy cane). The kids are happily frolicking with the kids of Donkey and everyone else in the village--but the commotion is too much for Shrek, who snaps. Will his ogrely hissy fit ruin Christmas--and make him overlook the meaning of Christmas that can't be found in a book? Even viewers who might guess the answer will enjoy the trip, including competing versions of "A Visit from St. Nicholas," better known as "The Night Before ...
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Genre: Family
Release Date: November 4, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 22 minutes
Studio: Dreamworks Animation, Paramount Home Entertainment, DreamWorks Home Entertainment
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