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Shrek the Halls is an American Christmas computer-animated comedy 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. This Christmas special takes place between Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After. This television special was based on the children's book Shrek! by the writer William Steig, was published on October 17, 1990.

Shrek the Halls
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Based onShrek!
by William Steig
Written byGary Trousdale
Sean Bishop
Theresa Pettengill
Bill Riling
Directed byGary Trousdale
StarringMike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
Antonio Banderas
Conrad Vernon
Cody Cameron
Aron Warner
Christopher Knights
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Theme music composerHarry Gregson-Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Gina Shay
Teresa Cheng
Aron Warner
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original release
  • November 28, 2007 (2007-11-28)



Donkey (Eddie Murphy) reminding Shrek (Mike Myers) about Christmas all the time, which bothers him. He soon realizes that his wife Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) enjoys celebrating Christmas, so Shrek tries to make one. However, he doesn't know what Christmas is at first and goes to a bookstore and receives 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 "A Visit from St. Nicholas"; Gingy (Conrad Vernon), Donkey, and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) interrupt and each tell their own version of a Christmas story. Donkey tells of a Christmas parade passing by the swamp and licking an enormous waffle Santa, 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 tousle of his Santa hat, while in reality, he is playing with Eilonwy's bauble.

However, Gingy's story is horrifying and not happy, as he tells about how his girlfriend Suzy got eaten up by Santa Claus, to which Donkey finds it ridiculous. Donkey finds Shrek's Christmas for Village Idiots book, and the ensuing fight over the book destroys all of Shrek's supper in the process. Shrek finally loses his temper and kicks his friends out from his house.

With their Christmas spirit ruined, Fiona is upset at Shrek's behavior and leaves with the ogre triplets. Shrek feels downhearted and guilty at what he's done. 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 his behavior. He then tells everyone about his first Christmas, since ogres don't celebrate anything. They return to the swamp, and Shrek tells his own version of "The Night Before Christmas", featuring him as Ogre Claus. Soon they hear bells and go outside to see Santa and his reindeer, although Gingy is still afraid of Santa Claus and runs back in fear.



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.

United States Nielsen ratingsEdit

# 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

United Kingdom FiguresEdit

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 mediaEdit

Shrek the Halls was released on DVD in the United States 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 Christmas-tacular and does not feature Shrek the Halls.



In July 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.[11]


  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. Archived from the original on March 18, 2013. 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. ^ Bonanno, Luke (November 7, 2012). "DreamWorks Holiday Classics Blu-ray + DVD Review". Archived from the original on November 12, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "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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