Shrek the Halls
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while there's less adult-oriented humor and fewer innuendoes in this half-hour holiday special than in the full-length Shrek movies, you can expect plenty of the usual potty humor -- burping, gas passing, nose picking, and vomiting (the latter of which is limited to a chocolate chip from Gingerbread Man's upset tummy, but it's quickly eaten by Donkey).
What's the story?
In SHREK THE HALLS, a half-hour holiday special starring everyone's favorite ogre, his new family, and a colorful ensemble of other fairy tale creatures, the story picks up just before Christmas. While everyone else is filled with cheer for the upcoming holiday, ornery Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) has no desire to celebrate -- but for the sake of Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and their babies, he attempts to do his part to make the family's first holiday together a memorable one. Unfortunately, the fairy tale creatures take Shrek's lack of yuletide joy as cause for intervention and show up unannounced on his doorstep to "help."
Is it any good?
Shrek the Halls will certainly entertain young fans of the movies, and if your kids are already immune to the series' potty humor, there's no cause for concern here. And grown-ups who enjoy Shrek's arch humor will appreciate that the show fits seamlessly into the movies' storyline, from plot and character continuity to the recognizable voice cast. But you might want to brace yourself for a refreshed interest in ubiquitous Shrek merchandise like toys, games, DVDs, and clothing -- just in time for your kids' holiday wish lists, of course.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about why specials like this are produced. Is it just to entertain kids, or does the studio have other goals? What might those be? Did watching this show make you want more Shrek stuff? Do you think that was the plan? Aside from ads, how else does the media market to kids? Families can also discuss how this special compares to the movies. Did you like this show as much as the movies? Why or why not? Which one is your favorite so far?