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Shrek the Halls

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Christmas in the swamp is great family fun.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 22 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 22 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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.


No swearing, but occasional use of "butt."


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

What 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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byCooldee May 30, 2010

Shrek the Halls is so cool!

I love ''Shrek the Halls,'' but some of the violence makes young children afraid. Watch this special with the entire family!
Parent of a 17 year old Written bylove2 October 3, 2009

one of my favorites

one of favorite movies to watch at chrismas time!
Kid, 12 years old March 19, 2015

The perfect Shrek themed Christmas movie for the entire family

Perfect for the holidays(both Chirstmas and Thanksgiving).And also some potty humor to go along with the movie(Nose picking and vomiting).But otherwise it'... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 December 4, 2011

Really good with a positive message

I have the DVD of this and it's really good. It has some potty humor, but it still has a positive message about the importance of family and friends and th... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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