A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Potty humor is prevalent -- burping, passing gas, and nose picking are common fare. In one scene, Gingerbread Man vomits a chocolate chip, which Donkey promptly eats.
Violence & Scariness
Some play fighting includes kicking and slapping. An animated gingerbread cookie is eaten by Santa while her companion watches helplessly. Shrek is accidentally set on fire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Rare, very mild innuendo. For example, in one scene, Shrek mentions giving Fiona the "goose," after which he quickly presents a cooked goose.
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No swearing, but occasional use of "butt."
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Products & Purchases
No overt advertising/product placement in this installment in the franchise, but kid-targeted Shrek merchandise (toys, games, clothing, accessories, DVDs) already line store shelves.
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). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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