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Directed by: Gary Trousdale
Written by: Theresa Pettengill
Bill Riling
David H. Steinberg
Release date: November 28, 2007
Running time: 22 minutes
Rating: TV-PG
Available on: DVD
iTunes
Blu-ray

Shrek the Halls is a Christmas special that premiered on ABC on November 28, 2007, based on DreamWorks Animation's Shrek feature film series. The half-hour special features Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas reprising their roles from the feature films.

Synopsis

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SPOILER: Plot details or story follow.

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

The first scene takes place on July 18th, 159 days before Christmas, and Donkey is already starting to prepare for it. Gradually getting closer, Donkey starts annoying Shrek until the night before Christmas Eve. Under Donkey's urging, Shrek reluctantly promises Princess Fiona a special Christmas surprise. Shrek goes to the local bookstore in Far, Far Away to try to find a present for Fiona, but since he does not 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 all their fairy-tale friends 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 Claus 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 he ends up playing with the ball point of his Santa hat, while in reality, he's 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 girlfriend Suzy got eaten up by Santa. To which Donkey finds it unbelievable, with Gingy screaming, "You weren't there!".

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 (including burning Shrek's Butt). Shrek ends up ejecting his friends (especially Donkey) from the house in a fit of anger, and Donkey denounces him as "Ebenezer Shrek". 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 did not 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 ain't Christmas 'til somebody cries," and says that it's usually him.

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.

Spoilers end here.

Songs

Shrek the Halls Book

The cover to the storybook adaptation.

Merchandise

A storybook adaptation was published by HarperCollins shortly prior to the special's premiere airing.

Availability

On November 4, 2008, DreamWorks Home Entertainment released the special on DVD, both as an individual release and in a 2-DVD pack with the DVD release of Shrek the Third. It was later featured on the DreamWorks Holiday Collection compilation DVD and Blu-ray, released on October 30, 2012. A new DVD release was put out on October 1, 2013.

Cast

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Voice actor Character
Mike Myers Shrek
Eddie Murphy Donkey
Cameron Diaz Princess Fiona
Antonio Banderas Puss in Boots
Conrad Vernon Gingerbread Man
Cody Cameron Pinocchio
The Three Little Pigs
Christopher Knights Three Blind Mice
Aron Warner The Big Bad Wolf
Marisa Jaret Winkour Bookstore Clerk

See also

External links

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"Spawn of Santa" • Surviving ChristmasThe Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas CaperShrek the HallsMerry MadagascarKung Fu Panda HolidayDonkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular • "The All Nighter Before Christmas" • Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury

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