Shrek the Halls

 
Christmas in the swamp is great family fun.
  • Review Date: November 27, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 22 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff

Rare, very mild innuendo. For example, in one scene, Shrek mentions giving Fiona the "goose," after which he quickly presents a cooked goose.

Language

No swearing, but occasional use of "butt."

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 29, 2007
DVD release date:November 4, 2008
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
Director:Gary Trousdale
Studio:DreamWorks Animation
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:22 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
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So funny, a new Christmas classic!

This is a must-see Christmas movie. It was so funny and cute! Move over Frosty, Shrek is coming to town!
Teen, 14 years old Written byKaty0 October 7, 2009
age 6+
 

Fine

This isn't particularly great, but it is non offensive.
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