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Shrek the Halls
Directed by Gary Trousdale
Produced by Gina Shay
Teresa Cheng
Aron Warner
Written by Gary Trousdale
Sean Bishop
Theresa Pettengill
Bill Riling
Starring Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
Antonio Banderas
Conrad Vernon
Cody Cameron
Aron Warner
Christopher Knights
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Studio DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Distributed by ABC Television
DreamWorks Animation
Release date(s) November 28, 2007 (U.S.)
December 24, 2007 (UK)
Running time 21 min.
Country United States
Language English

Shrek the Halls is a television special that premiered on the American television network ABC on Wednesday, November 28, 2007. The thirty minute Christmas special included the following: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas reprising their roles from the feature films. The television special was released on iTunes on November 2, 2008. It was shown again on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 8/7c on ABC.

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Synopsis

The special is set shortly after the events of Shrek the Third (and presumably before the events of the upcoming Shrek Forever After), as Shrek and Fiona's children are still infants.

Shrek is quietly living in the swamp with his family when the Christmas season arrives. Under Donkey's urging, Shrek reluctantly promises Princess Fiona a special Christmas surprise. Shrek goes to the local bookstore to try to find a present for Fiona, but since he doesn't know what Christmas is all about, the shopkeeper gives Shrek a copy of Christmas For Village Idiots, a step-by-step guide to celebrating the holiday.

Shrek proceeds to follow the book's advice by decorating the house and getting a tree so he can spend a quiet Christmas Eve with his family, but Donkey brings the entire "family" to the swamp, ruining Shrek's plans.

As Shrek tries to tell his own version of "A Visit from St. Nicholas (The Night Before Christmas)"; Gingy, Donkey, and Puss in Boots interrupt and each tell their own version of a Christmas story. Donkey tells of floats coming to the swamp. At the end, Donkey tells of licking an enormous Santa figure that is made out of waffles, but in reality he accidentally starts licking Shrek's leg. Puss tells his version of the story of Santa Claus, but ends up playing with the ball point of his Santa hat, while in reality he is playing with one of the baubles from the christmas tree. However, Gingy's story is not happy, but horrifying, as he tells about how his wife Suzy got eaten up by Santa Claus.

Donkey finds Shrek's Christmas for Village Idiots book, and the ensuing fight over the book destroys all of Shrek's decorations, furniture and the tree. Shrek ends up ejecting his friends from the house.

Christmas spirit ruined, Fiona and Shrek have a talk, after which she takes the children and leaves the swamp to go and apologize to their friends. Shrek feels downhearted that Christmas Eve didn't go as he hoped it would.

Fiona catches up to their friends and explains to Donkey what Shrek had wanted for Christmas. Shrek catches up with the group, and apologizes for losing his temper. Donkey is shocked to learn that this is Shrek's first Christmas, because "ogres don't celebrate anything." Donkey also apologizes for being annoying, and explains that Christmas never goes as planned and according to his mother, "Christmas isn't Christmas until someone cries.".

After a snowball fight, the friends return to the swamp, and Shrek tells his story, featuring not Santa, but Ogre Claus. Soon they hear bells and go outside to see Santa and his reindeer, although Gingy runs back inside screaming in terror.

Cast

Production

Shrek the Halls was produced at DreamWorks Animation and PDI, the special was originally directed by Mark Baldo during the pre-production but he was replaced with Gary Trousdale.The special was shown on ABC which distributed it on TV. The film was produced by Teresa Cheng Gina Shay and Aron Warner and was screenplay by Bill Riling, Theresa Cullen, Gary Trousdale and Sean Bishop.

DVD release

Shrek the Halls was released on DVD in the U.S. on November 4, 2008. It was originally available by itself, or in a bundle pack with Shrek the Third. It is unknown when a Blu-Ray version will be released.

Ratings

The rating info is courtesy of Your Entertainment Now[1] and ABC Medianet.[2]

U.S. Nielsen ratings

Airing # Air Date Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(timeslot)
Rank
(night)
Rank
(week)
1 November 28, 2007 11.0 17 7.2/20 21.06 1 1 3
2 December 11, 2007 5.7 9 3.4/9 9.97 3 6 21
3 December 1, 2008 6.2 10 3.3/9 11.17 1 3 19
4 December 22, 2008 3.7 6 1.8/6 6.51 TBA TBA TBA
5 November 30, 2009 TBA TBA 3.2/8 10.01 TBA TBA TBA
6 December 9, 2009 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

UK Figures

Airing Viewers
(millions)
December 24, 2007 7.9[3]
December 24, 2008 6.92*[4]

* 6.32 million (BBC One viewers) + 0.60 million (BBC Three viewers) = 6.92. Both shown at the same time.

Television Broadcast

Country Channel Date
Australia Nine Network 02007-12-01 December 1, 2007
Australia Nine Network 02008-12-24 December 24, 2008
Australia Nine Network 02009-12-24 December 24, 2009
Colombia RCN TV 02007-12-16 December 16, 2007
Canada CTV 02007-12-03 December 3, 2007
Argentina Telefé 02007-12-23 December 23, 2007
Belgium RTL-TVI / vtm 02007-12-23 December 23, 2007
Brazil Rede Globo 02007-12-24 December 24, 2007
Bulgaria bTV 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Chile Canal 13 02007-12-23 December 23, 2007
Czech Republic TV Nova 02007-12-24 December 24, 2007
Denmark TV 2 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Estonia TV3 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Finland MTV3 02007-12-24 December 24, 2007
France TF1 02007-12-23 December 23, 2007
Germany ProSieben 02007-12-23 December 23, 2007
Hong Kong TVB Pearl 02007-12-16 December 16, 2007
Hungary TV2 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Iceland Stöð 2 02007-12-26 December 26, 2007
India Pogo TV 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Ireland RTÉ Two 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Italy Canale 5 02007-12-24 December 24, 2007
Lithuania TV3 02007-12-28 December 28, 2007
Latvia TV3 02007-12-24 December 24, 2007
Malaysia TV3 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Mexico Televisa Network 02007-12-16 December 16, 2007
New Zealand TV 2 02007-12-23 December 23, 2007
Netherlands Net 5 02008-12-27 December 27, 2008
Philippines Studio 23 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Poland TVN 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Portugal SIC 02007-12-24 December 24, 2007
Russia Channel One 02008-01-01 January 1, 2008
Romania Pro TV 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Singapore Channel 5/HD 5 in HD 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
 Slovenia POP TV 02010-01-01 January 1, 2010
South Africa M-Net 02007-12-24 December 24, 2007
Spain Antena 3 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007
Turkey Show TV 02007-12-31 December 31, 2007
United Arab Emirates MBC3 02007-12-20 December 20, 2007
United Kingdom BBC One 02007-12-24 December 24, 2007
United Kingdom BBC One, BBC Three and BBC HD 02008-12-24 December 24, 2008
United Kingdom BBC Three and BBC HD 02008-12-25 December 25, 2008
United States ABC 02007-11-28 November 28, 2007
Venezuela Venevisión 02007-12-25 December 25, 2007

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