Shrek the Halls

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Shrek the Halls
Shrek the Halls poster.jpg
DVD cover
Written by Gary Trousdale
Sean Bishop
Theresa Pettengill
Bill Riling
Directed by Gary Trousdale
Starring Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
Antonio Banderas
Conrad Vernon
Cody Cameron
Aron Warner
Christopher Knights
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Theme music composer Harry Gregson-Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Gina Shay
Teresa Cheng
Aron Warner
Running time 28 minutes
Production company(s) DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Original network ABC
Original release
  • November 28, 2007 (2007-11-28)

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 was directed by Gary Trousdale and produced by DreamWorks Animation. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas reprised their roles from the feature films.


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.

Shrek (Mike Myers) is quietly living in the swamp with his family when the Christmas season arrives. Under Donkey's (Eddie Murphy) urging, Shrek reluctantly promises Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) 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 (Marissa Jaret Winokur) 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 (Conrad Vernon), Donkey, and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) 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 girlfriend Suzy got eaten up by Santa Claus. 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. Shrek then loses his temper and ends up ejecting his friends from his house.

With the 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, and he looks at one of Donkey's Christmas cards that says, From Donkey & family. 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 until somebody cries', and that's usually me."

After a snowball fight, the friends return to the swamp, and Shrek tells his story, featuring 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 by DreamWorks Animation, concretely, at the PDI/DreamWorks studio. Gary Trousdale directed the special during the pre-production, but he was later replaced by Mark Baldo. The film was produced by Teresa Cheng, Gina Shay and Aron Warner and was screenplayed by Bill Riling, Theresa Cullen, Gary Trousdale and Sean Bishop.



Shrek the Halls premiered on the American television network ABC, on November 28, 2007.[1] In the United Kingdom, it premiered on December 24, 2007, on BBC One.[2]


The rating info is courtesy of Your Entertainment Now[3] and ABC Medianet.[4] It was repeated on BBC Three on December 23, 2011, along with Shrek: Once Upon a Time and Shrek.

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

# 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 2.6/8 8.53 TBA TBA TBA

UK Figures[edit]

Airing Viewers
December 24, 2007 7.9[5]
December 24, 2008 6.92*[6]

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

Home media[edit]

Shrek the Halls was released on DVD in the U.S. on November 4, 2008.[7] It was originally available by itself, or in a bundle pack with Shrek the Third. It was released on iTunes on November 2, 2008. The special was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 30, 2012, as part of compilation titled Dreamworks Holiday Classics.[8][9] It was re-released on DVD on October 1, 2013 along with Merry Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, and The Croods. Dreamworks Holiday Classics available on Amazon features Donkey's Caroling Chistmas-tacular and does not feature Shrek the Halls.


In 2011, as part of a strategic partnership between DreamWorks Animation and Gaylord Hotels, Shrek the Halls was presented as the theme of the ICE! exhibit at Gaylord's hotels in Texas and Florida. In this presentation, the plot of the film is told through a series of ice sculptures that visitors walk past.[10]


  1. ^ ABC (October 29, 2007). "Shrek the Halls Airs November 28 on ABC". Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Shrek The Halls – the loveable green ogre comes to the smaller screen in his first Christmas special" (Press release). BBC. December 7, 2007. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Calabria, Rosario T. (November 29, 2007). "Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, November 28, 2007 « Your Entertainment Now". Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ ABC Medianet
  5. ^ "BARB". BARB. June 6, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". June 6, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ P. Vargo, Jason (November 3, 2008). "Shrek the Halls DVD Review". IGN. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Dreamworks Holiday Classics: Merry Madagascar / Shrek The Halls / Dragons: Gift Of The Night Fury (Blu-ray + DVD) (Widescreen)". Wallmart. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dreamworks Holiday Classics Blu-ray". Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "THIS CHRISTMAS, ‘SHREK THE HALLS’ AND GET ‘MERRY MADAGASCAR’ AT GAYLORD HOTELS". Gaylord Hotels. July 19, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 

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