|Shrek the Halls|
|Directed by||Gary Trousdale|
|Produced by||Gina Shay
|Written by||Gary Trousdale
Marissa Jaret Winokur
|Music by||Harry Gregson-Williams|
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|Distributed by||ABC Television
|Release date(s)||November 28, 2007 (U.S.)
December 24, 2007 (UK)
|Running time||21 min.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Airing #||Air Date||Rating||Share||Rating/Share
|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|
|December 24, 2007||7.9|
|December 24, 2008||6.92*|
* 6.32 million (BBC One viewers) + 0.60 million (BBC Three viewers) = 6.92. Both shown at the same time.
|Australia||Nine Network||December 1, 2007|
|Australia||Nine Network||December 24, 2008|
|Australia||Nine Network||December 24, 2009|
|Colombia||RCN TV||December 16, 2007|
|Canada||CTV||December 3, 2007|
|Argentina||Telefé||December 23, 2007|
|Belgium||RTL-TVI / vtm||December 23, 2007|
|Brazil||Rede Globo||December 24, 2007|
|Bulgaria||bTV||December 25, 2007|
|Chile||Canal 13||December 23, 2007|
|Czech Republic||TV Nova||December 24, 2007|
|Denmark||TV 2||December 25, 2007|
|Estonia||TV3||December 25, 2007|
|Finland||MTV3||December 24, 2007|
|France||TF1||December 23, 2007|
|Germany||ProSieben||December 23, 2007|
|Hong Kong||TVB Pearl||December 16, 2007|
|Hungary||TV2||December 25, 2007|
|Iceland||Stöð 2||December 26, 2007|
|India||Pogo TV||December 25, 2007|
|Ireland||RTÉ Two||December 25, 2007|
|Italy||Canale 5||December 24, 2007|
|Lithuania||TV3||December 28, 2007|
|Latvia||TV3||December 24, 2007|
|Malaysia||TV3||December 25, 2007|
|Mexico||Televisa Network||December 16, 2007|
|New Zealand||TV 2||December 23, 2007|
|Netherlands||Net 5||December 27, 2008|
|Philippines||Studio 23||December 25, 2007|
|Poland||TVN||December 25, 2007|
|Portugal||SIC||December 24, 2007|
|Russia||Channel One||January 1, 2008|
|Romania||Pro TV||December 25, 2007|
|Singapore||Channel 5/HD 5 in HD||December 25, 2007|
|Slovenia||POP TV||January 1, 2010|
|South Africa||M-Net||December 24, 2007|
|Spain||Antena 3||December 25, 2007|
|Turkey||Show TV||December 31, 2007|
|United Arab Emirates||MBC3||December 20, 2007|
|United Kingdom||BBC One||December 24, 2007|
|United Kingdom||BBC One, BBC Three and BBC HD||December 24, 2008|
|United Kingdom||BBC Three and BBC HD||December 25, 2008|
|United States||ABC||November 28, 2007|
|Venezuela||Venevisión||December 25, 2007|