Shrek the Halls (2007)

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
DreamWorks || NR - 22 minutes - $19.99 || November 4, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-11-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Gary Trousdale
Writer(s): William Steig (book, "Shrek!"); Gary Trousdale & Sean Bishop and Theresa Cullen & Bill Riling (screenplay)
Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 12 Days of Christmas Sing Along
  • Deck the Halls Sing Along
  • Gingy's Dunking Game
  • Shrek Carnival Craze Video Game Demo
  • DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78), Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Surround 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Christmas specials can be a tricky bunch especially when it’s based on a movie; you could get a disastrous result (see the wretched Star Wars Holiday Special). If you haven’t seen the Star Wars special, check it out on YouTube; look for the 5-minute version, though). Last year Shrek the Halls debuted on ABC and garnered high ratings in the process. Now, along with a showing every year, DreamWorks presents the special on DVD.

Shrek the Halls finds our favorite grouchy ogre (Myers) with his family coming upon their first Christmas together. Of course, Shrek has no clue exactly what Christmas is and is pestered by his pal Donkey (Murphy) to throw a Christmas party for his family. After Shrek finds a book on preparing the perfect family Christmas, all the pals in the land make appearances including Puss-in-Boots (Banderas), Gingy and many others! Chaos ensues.

Shrek the Halls is what I call a cute, but forgettable special. At only 22-minutes long, it goes by very quickly, probably too quick as it starts out a bit slow before picking up the pace half-way through. It’s great to see (hear) the main cast all coming back for this special including Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas as having even one sound-alike would’ve ruined the experience.

Directed by Gary Trousdale, the man behind Beauty and the Beast and most recently The Madagascar Penguins in: A Christmas Caper (another short special of 11-minutes), does a good job continuing the Shrek saga. Kudos also goes to the animation team for not cutting corners with the look as it matches very well with the movies (which says something about the advancement of technology).

In any case, Shrek the Halls is a nice, breezy animated short that kids will love and adults can appreciate. Getting the stars to lend their voices helps make this a worthwhile viewing and could be a yearly Christmas tradition.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The DVD only has special features for the kids (obviously) and there’s nothing really here for the adults. First you have two Sing Alongs (“12 Days of Christmas”, “Deck the Halls”); Gingy’s Dunking Game, a Video Game Demo and DreamWorks Animation Jukebox. There’s nothing here about the making of the special (how about interviews with the cast and crew?).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

DreamWorks presents Shrek the Halls in both anamorphic widescreen (1.78) and full frame. The colors look vibrant and the picture on the whole looks clean.

A Dolby Digital 5.1 track is offered up along with a regular 2.0 surround track. There are a couple musical numbers, but it’s also dialogue heavy so there’s not much to judge on. It is better than the DD5.1 used for television, though.



.::OVERALL::.

There’s really nothing wrong with Shrek the Halls DVD, but the $20 SPR and a too short 22-minute running time makes it hard to recommend. Add to that no real special features for the adults and it’s a title that you either wait to air every year, or wait to go on sale ($10 and under).