Shrek the Halls

DVD Reviews | Nov 18th, 2008

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Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Cody Cameron, Conrad Vernon
Written By: Gary Trousdale, Sean Bishop
Directed By: Gary Trousdale
Studio: Dreamworks
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Everyone loves a good Christmas TV special! I know I do. Shrek The Halls aired on ABC last year and I thought it was one of the best TV Specials to air in a long time. There just seems to be too many lame specials but Shrek The Halls was excellent. It just stinks it’s only a half hour long.

Shrek the Halls is about Shrek trying to create the perfect Christmas for his family. It’s the first time they are celebrating the holiday with their cute Shrek babies. Shrek doesn’t really know how to celebrate Christmas but Donkey and Fiona are trying to get him into the holiday spirit. Shrek travels into town and gets a book on how to celebrate Christmas and begins transforming his home with decorations, in Shrek’s own way. While trying to have a pleasant Christmas Eve with his family, Donkey, Puss In Boots, and all the other fairytale characters show up and crash the party. As Shrek is trying to tell a nice holiday bedtime story, Donkey, Puss, Gingerbread Man, and others give their own interpretations to the stories. Shrek eventually gets angry and throws out everyone. He has to learn the true meaning of Christmas before making up with his family and friends.

Shrek the Halls was a perfect holiday special last year. I think it scored higher ratings than the Grinch? That’s pretty impressive. I’m sure most people agree with me, but I felt Shrek the Halls was better than Shrek the Third. It’s just something about that movie that didn’t strike me the right way like the other movies did. In Shrek the Halls, I loved the part when all the other characters are giving their side of their holiday stories. Gingerbread Manns story was funny with Santa attacking his girlfriend on their date. But the funniest part of the special was Puss in Boots, playing with his Santa hat like a kitty cat. It was just perfect and makes me laugh out loud each time I see that part. I wish the TV special was an hour though, because this is way too short. Most of the classic Xmas specials are an hour long, why can’t this be when I’m sure they have enough material. I’m not sure too many people are going to pay for this when they can just watch it on TV.

As far as extras are concerned, they aren’t impressive enough to have that be a selling point. Obviously this DVD is meant for kids because there are a few sing-a-longs with the penguins from the Madagascar movies. There’s a matching game with Gingerbread Man and that’s really about it.

If you don’t feel like watching this DVD on TV, then this would be the best option. I’m just not sure people are willing to spend money on this when this is only 22 minutes long. It’s a very funny 22 minutes though.

– 12 Days of Christmas Sing Along
– Deck the Halls Sing Along
– Gingy’s Dunking Game
– Shrek Carnival Graze Video Game Demo & Cheat Code
– DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1


English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: Puss in Boots playing with his Santa hat, Gingerbread Man’s Xmas story
Rating: NR
Running Time: 22 minutes
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