Shrek the Halls, 2008

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Shrek the Halls, 2008

Short Christmas animation special
Studio: DreamWorks
Video: Choice of full screen or 16:9 color
Audio: English, Spanish or French DD 5.1, 2.0
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Extras: 12 Days of Christmas sing along, Deck the Halls sing along, Gingy’s Dunking Game, Shrek Carnival Craze, DreamWorks animation video jukebox
Length: Only 22 minutes
Rating: *****

At first I thought this was yet another theatrical sequel on the lucrative Shrek franchise, but it is a direct-to-DVD special which very thankfully is not full-length but only 22 minutes.  It’s a must-see for all Shrek fans this holiday season and puts its story across just fine in the allotted time, rather than attempting to stretch out the gimmick to 90 minutes and boring everyone.

The familiar annoying donkey (voice by Eddie Murphy) bugs Shrek on Christmas Eve to get busy with his Christmas decorating, but this is the first time Shrek has ever celebrated Christmas so he hasn’t done anything yet and is resisting.  He follows a Christmas For Dummies book that donkey gives him and gets ready to spend a quite Christmas with his family.  Unfortunately for him, the house is invaded by the donkey’s family and all their friends, including the dragon, the swashbuckling cat (voice by Anthony Banderas), three blind mice, pinnochio, gingerbread cookies, etc.  The bedlam that ensues bugs Shrek so much that he reverts to his basic ogre personality and throws them all out.  How he apologizes and gets into the proper Christmas spirit provides the rest of the charming story – full of all sorts of shenanigans by the couple’s triplets and the various familiar storybook characters. The price is reduced to befit the short length, by the way.

 – John Sunier

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