Shrek the Halls
DVD cover
Based onShrek!
by William Steig
Written byGary Trousdale
Sean Bishop
Theresa Pettengill
Bill Riling
Directed byGary Trousdale= Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone
StarringMike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
Antonio Banderas
Conrad Vernon
Cody Cameron
Aron Warner
Christopher Knights
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Theme music composerGeorge Burns
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersGina Shay
Teresa Cheng
Aron Warner
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesDreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
DistributorDreamWorks Animation
Original networkABC
Original release
  • November 28, 2007 (2007-11-28)

Shrek the Halls is an American Christmas computer-animated comedy television special that premiered on the American television network ABC on Wednesday, November 28, 2007. The thirty minute Christmas special was directed by Gary Trousdale and produced by DreamWorks Animation. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas reprised their roles from the feature films. This Christmas special takes place between Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After. As with the other Shrek animations, this television special was based on the 1990 children's book Shrek! by William Steig.


Shrek is quietly living in the swamp with his family when the Christmas season arrives. Under Donkey's urging, Shrek reluctantly promises Princess Fiona a special Christmas surprise. Shrek goes to the local bookstore in Far, Far Away to try to find a present for Fiona, but since he does not know what Christmas is all about, the shopkeeper gives Shrek a copy of Christmas For Village Idiots, a step by step guide to celebrating the holiday. Shrek proceeds to follow the book's advice by decorating the house and getting a tree so he can spend a quiet Christmas Eve with his family, but Donkey brings the entire "family" to the swamp, spoiling Shrek's plans.

As Shrek tries to recite "A Visit from St. Nicholas", Gingy, Donkey, and Puss in Boots interrupt and each tell their own Christmas story. Donkey tells of a Christmas parade passing by the swamp and licking an enormous waffle Santa, and absentmindedly starts licking Shrek's foot. Puss' version of the Santa Claus story ends with playing with the tassel on Santa's hat, while in reality he is playing with a bauble.

Gingy tells a horrifying story about how his girlfriend Suzy was eaten by Santa Claus. Donkey calls it ridiculous, and finds Shrek's Christmas for Village Idiots book. A fight breaks out over the book and Shrek's supper is destroyed. After lighting his butt on fire, Shrek finally loses his temper and ends up ejecting his friends from his house, including Donkey, who denounces him as "Ebenezer Shrek" in the heat of the argument. With their Christmas spirit ruined, Fiona is upset at Shrek's behavior and leaves with the ogre triplets. She catches up to their friends and explains to Donkey what Shrek had wanted for Christmas.

Shrek, remorseful at what he's done, catches up with the group and apologizes for lashing out at them earlier. He then tells everyone this is also his first Christmas, since ogres don't celebrate anything. They return to the swamp and Shrek tells his own version of "The Night Before Christmas", featuring himself as Ogre Claus. Soon they hear bells and go outside to see Santa and his reindeer, although Gingy is still afraid of Santa Claus and runs back inside in fear. The special ends with Santa using his magic to put ogre ears on the moon.


ADR loop group provided by Jack Blessing, William Calvert, Jennifer Crystal, Leigh French, Christie Mellor and Phil Proctor.


Shrek the Halls was produced by DreamWorks Animation and PDI/DreamWorks. David Ian Salter and Mark Baldo directed the special during the pre production,[1] but they were later replaced by Gary Trousdale. The film was produced by Teresa Cheng, Gina Shay and Aron Warner and was written by Bill Riling, Theresa Cullen, Gary Trousdale and Sean Bishop.



Shrek the Halls premiered on the American television network ABC on November 28, 2007, in which they hold the exclusive domestic rights to the special until 2023. When it’s expired, the rights to Shrek The Halls coming under NBC's full control in 2024. [2][3] In the United Kingdom, it premiered on December 24, 2007, on BBC One.[4]


The rating info is courtesy of Your Entertainment Now[5] and ABC Medianet.[6] It was repeated on BBC Three on December 23, 2011, along with Shrek: Once Upon a Time and Shrek.

United States Nielsen ratings

# Air Date Rating Share Rating/Share
1 November 28, 2007 11.0 17 7.2/20 21.06 1 1 3
2 December 11, 2007 5.7 9 3.4/9 9.97 3 6 21
3 December 1, 2008 6.2 10 3.3/9 11.17 1 3 19
4 December 22, 2008 3.7 6 1.8/6 6.51 TBA TBA TBA
5 November 30, 2009 TBA TBA 3.2/8 10.01 TBA TBA TBA
6 December 9, 2009 TBA TBA 2.6/8 8.53 TBA TBA TBA

United Kingdom Figures

Airing Viewers
December 24, 2007 7.9[7]
December 24, 2008 6.92*[8]

* 6.32 million (BBC One viewers) + 0.60 million (BBC Three viewers) = 6.92. Both shown at the same time.

Home media

Shrek the Halls was released on DVD in the United States on November 4, 2008.[9] It was originally available by itself, or in a bundle pack with Shrek the Third. It was released on iTunes on November 2, 2008. The special was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 30, 2012, as part of compilation titled Dreamworks Holiday Classics.[10][11] It was re released on DVD on October 1, 2013 along with Merry Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury, and The Croods. DreamWorks Holiday Classics, available on Amazon, features Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular and does not feature Shrek the Halls.

HarperFestival also published a picture book version of Shrek the Halls, authored by Catherine Hapka and illustrated by Michael Koelsch.[12][13] Koelsch had previously illustrated a picture book for Shrek 2 in 2004.[14]


The score of the special was composed by Harry Gregson-Williams. The special, like the films, also features the following Pop culture and Christmas songs:[15]


In July 2011, as part of a strategic partnership between DreamWorks Animation and Gaylord Hotels, Shrek the Halls was presented as the theme of the ICE! exhibit at Gaylord's hotels in Texas and Florida. In this presentation, the plot of the film is told through a series of ice sculptures that visitors walk past.[16]


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  16. ^ "THIS CHRISTMAS, 'SHREK THE HALLS' AND GET 'MERRY MADAGASCAR' AT GAYLORD HOTELS". Gaylord Hotels. July 19, 2011. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012.