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DVD Review: Shrek The Halls
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ShrekShrek The Halls
Directed Gary Trousdale
Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 4, 2008

This 22-minute holiday tale, which originally aired on television in November 2007, takes place after the events of the animated motion picture Shrek the Third, and finds the big green ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) living happily ever after with his true love Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and their little green ogre babies.

While life’s been good for the big guy, he still doesn’t really know how to get into the Christmas spirit, and at first, Shrek doesn’t want to be bothered celebrating, but to make Fiona happy, he tries to be festive. Of course, the ever-pestering Donkey (Eddie Murphy) overdoes it and brings all the fairy tale creatures for party at Shrek’s home, much to the ogre’s dismay.

It turns out that Shrek doesn’t know how to celebrate the holiday and doesn’t even know the true meaning of Christmas, so it’s up to his friends and family to teach him by example.

Shrek The Halls is a really fun holiday story with a great message. One of the best parts of this TV movie is when some of the other fairy tale characters tell some of their past holiday experiences, complete with hilarious flashbacks. The kids will definitely love this story and adults will too, as it makes a great edition to the list of animated holiday specials.

Bonus Features

  • The Twelve Days of Christmas Sing Along — The gang of Madagascar perform their unique rendition of the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” with the words appearing on screen singalong ease.
  • Deck The Halls Sing Along — “Deck the halls, it’s time to party.” Another words-on-screen singalong, dance-style, with the Penguins from Madagascar, Skipper, Private, and Kowalski.
  • Gingy’s Dunking Game — An interactive game where kids can test their “concentration” skills while matching the Gingerbread cookies that come out of the oven on the cookie sheet with the Gingy that is shown on the screen.
  • Shrek Carnival Craze A video game demo and cheat code you can use if you run the DVD on your computer.
  • DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox— Music videos from some of DreamWorks’ popular animated features, like the Shrek trilogy, Flushed Away, and Bee Movie.

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