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== Introduction ==
I like to build up a collection throughout the year of Christmas films. I usually bring them out when doing the decorations and when the decorations get put in the loft, so do the Christmas films. I add to them each year, but at the moment because I think my soon to be four year old is a little too young for classics like 'It's a Wonderful Life' & 'A Miracle on 34th Street' I have only been collecting animated films. I am a big fan of the Shrek series, as is my daughter, and I was delighted when they brought out a Christmas film.
== Shrek ==
For anyone who has been living on the moon and hasn't seen a single Shrek film, I'm sure most of you have but we have to cater for everyone in this review, I will explain a basic background to the main three characters in this film.
Shrek (Mike Myers - Voice) is a grumpy ogre who lives in a swamp, he is married to Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz - Voice), another ogre (watch the first film to find out how all that comes about), they live together with their three children Fergus, Farkle and Felicia. Shreks best friend is Donkey (Eddie Murphy - Voice) and he is a bit over the top at times and more often than not, the best laughs are reserved for him, sometimes you are laughing with him and sometimes you are laughing at him.
== The Film ==
The film starts off in the middle of summer, Shrek is out in his swamp trying to catch some of the summer rays, when out of nowhere Donkey appears singing Christmas songs and informing Shrek there is only 159 days until Christmas. This happens again a few days later and then again the night before Christmas Eve, so we are left to presume that Donkey did this every day up until then. Shrek hates Christmas, and tells donkey this, but when Fiona comes out to see what the noise is, he grudgingly tells her that he is looking forward to Christmas and has lined up a special surprise.
In a panic Shrek goes to the ends of the earth as the titles roll up, and sets about making the place look perfect for Christmas. The fun really begins when Donkey and all the other Shrek regulars turn up and gatecrash the Shrek families first Christmas. Of course there are some little poignant moments that make you feel sorry for some of the characters, but before you get too sad there is always a laugh to perk you right up and make you remember this is an animated comedy.
There are some hilarious laugh out loud moments in this short film; I actually watched it on my own before I watched it with my daughter and I was in fits of laughter. The actual film is only 20 minutes long, although by the time you add the credits at the end it amounts to 27 minutes.
A Shrek film isn't a Shrek film without a fantastic soundtrack and this one is no exception, with classical pieces like Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' and O'Fortuna mixed in with The Waitresses 'Wrapping Paper', Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' and C + C Music Factory's 'Gonna Make You Sweat'.
=== Cast ===
Shrek - Mike Myers - Voice
Donkey - Eddie Murphy - Voice
Princess Fiona - Cameron Diaz - Voice
Puss in Boots - Antonio Banderas - Voice
The Gingerbread Man - Conrad Vernon - Voice
Pinocchio - Cody Cameron - Voice
== Price ==
You can purchase this from amazon.co.uk for £5.83 including delivery.
== Verdict ==
This is a great little film, probably a little expensive for a 20 minute film, so it would probably only be of great benefit to a fan of the series. The good news in this film is that all the cast members are back (In Scared Shrekless, a Halloween short, Donkey is played by someone else) and it is packed full of laughs that my daughter and I both laughed at. The thing I like about these films is some of the little details and also the adult humour and childrens humour, that make it perfect for family viewing it is rated as a U for universal. There are also a few little retellings of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', which also raised a chuckle from myself and the little one. All in all a great family film, just a little too short, but we are fans of the series so it doesn't really matter that much.
Shrek has been increasing in popularity since he hit the scene a few years back and audiences up and down the country and around the world have warmed to this grumpy green ogre and his adventures. Not Shrek voiced by Mike Myers has been given his own Christmas special which I missed when it was on but have not since seen on DVD. This followed on from the third film in the series.
Shrek the Halls is far shorter than the movies and has a much more simple storyline. The premise of the story is that Shrek really wants to spend his first Christmas as a family man to be perfect in every way but he is unsure how he will go about it, espeically with his friends causing havoc. This special Christmas show is only around 30 minutes long but brings together all the popular characters from the films, including Fiona played by Cameron Diaz and Donkey played by Eddie Murphy. Also about is Puss in Boots played by Antonio Banderas amongst others. As you can imagine chaos is going to reign supreme in this fun tale.
I found it be very fast paced from the start and there is confusion and mayhem throughout. As it was shorter I did find that at times I'd miss something as there is alot going on at once. As with the movies my favourite character is Donkey. I know some of you may find him annoying but to be honest with you I think he makes this series with his enthusiasm despite all setbacks he faces and his constant voice grating on Shrek. However, Shrek couldn't do without him as much as he moans.
There is plenty of homour in this short DVD and it also includes pop music too which takes the form of popular Christmas songs. The special actually starts out in the summer with Shrek's triplets being born and the theme of this special is about families at this wonderful time of year and bringing everyone together.
Overall, I thought that this is a fun and enjoyable little addition to the Shrek movies that is worth getting if you love the movies.
Shrek the Halls is a wonderful little film that was on BBC 1 on Christmas Day, it follows Shrek, his wife and their three little babies as they prepare for their first Christmas together, Shrek has no plans and abhors Christmas until he realises how much his young family are looking forward to the event.
He rushes to town to find out about Christmas, buys an Idiots Guide and prepares accordingly, however he is utterly unprepared for what Christmas as all of his friends visit to share their Christmas Cheer, Donkey, Puss in Boots, the three pigs and Gingerbread man all tell their version of the Night before Christmas and everyone is having a great time except for Shrek, will the grumpy old ogre understand the real meaning of Christmas or will he end up alone and grumpy on Christmas day?
Well I think we all know the answer but this film is great fun for the whole family. Its warm, fun and really good idea for Christmas Day. Its only half an hour long so keeps the family entertained without distraction allowing you to get on with preparing dinner or tea.
The whole crew are here with Mike Myers as Shrek, Princess Fiona played by Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas as Donkey and Puss in Boots, there is singing, dancing, great comedy and a really festive treat for the whole family.
If preparing for next year you can buy the DVD for a penny on Amazon Marketplace or £4.98 new.
Shrek the halls is a short film which was broadcast on Christmas Eve on bbc1 in 2007, it is a funny festive insight into the Shrek residents at Christmas time.
As a family who loves Christmas films, we love this short film, we just wish it was a full length film as it is onlt on for 21mins.
The story is set just after Shrek the third about Shrek, Fiona, their little ones and all of the much loved Shrek characters, including of course donkey and puss in boots..
Shrek promises Fiona a Christmas surprise but knowing very little about the celebrations as ogres don't usually celebrate Christmas, Shrek is given a copy of Christmas for Village Idiots! This is a Christmas guide.
Shrek follows the book's instructions.
He decorates the house and puts up a Christmas tree, he is very proud of himself as everything seems to be going well and to plan.
Then donkey turns up with his entire family and also puss in boots turns up and when Shrek tries to read his version of 'Twas the night before Christmas.' On Christmas Eve,! donkey and puss in boots butt in and tell their own versions of Christmas.
As expected, Shreks Christmas decorations end up getting ruined and Shrek throws his guests out!
Fiona leaves to find them and she explains to donkey about Shrek's perfect Christmas.
Shrek turns up and apologizes for losing his temper so after a fun snowball fight, they all return to Shrek's home where he tells his Christmas story about Ogre Claus.
All of our Shrek favorites are back!
* Mike Myers as Shrek
* Eddie Murphy as Donkey
* Cameron Diaz as Fiona
* Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots
* Conrad Vernon as Gingy
* Cody Cameron as Pinocchio and The Three Little Pigs
* Aron Warner as Big Bad Wolf
* Christopher Knights as Three Blind Mice
* Marissa Jaret Winokur as the Bookstore Clerk
This DVD is £5.00 with free delievery on Play.com
Loving Shrek and all three films, this was a definite to buy on my shopping list and as usual I really enjoyed it. I must say that I am now starting to get a little bored of the Shrek storyline, but this is a great group of loveable characters and with a great festive feel.
Shrek the Halls is a TV special that tells the story of how Shrek wants the perfect Christmas for his family, everything is going to plan until donkey and puss in boots turn up to help. It's the night before Christmas and Shrek is trying to make it the best Christmas ever for Fiona and his children, unfortunately the more Shrek tries the worse thing end up especially as he trying so hard and everyone has different ideas of how they want to celebrate over the festive season.
Starring the voices of Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Fiona, and Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots, they all-star cast reform for the great Christmas edition.
This is a product for those looking to complete their Shrek collection and for ones who loves to get in the mood for Christmas by watching some good Christmas films. It is fairly short it has all the humour and charm of the others Shrek films. With a great soundtrack to put you in the festive cheer as all Shrek films with the great soundtrack.
For under £6 this film is worth every penny, although if you are expecting a long 3 hour film then I am afraid you will be disappointed. This is a great film for the family this Christmas.
The 30 minutes TV special comes to DVD. This is a good family special that is very entertaining but it is certainly missing something. In the movie, Shrek wants the perfect family Christmas but he doesn't know what to do. He buys a book to help him and everything is going great until donkey and the gang come along.
It invloves the usual humour and the funny voices of Eddie Murphy which are very entertaining and provide some great family fun.
It is a great special but the credits started rolling after 20 minutes and it isn't very good value for money and doesn't keep you entertained for long enough. It would be great to see a full length special following this story. However, the laughs are still great and its a great family tale for everyone. It is a great movie for everyone to enjoy. The soundtrack is also very good to get everyone in the mood. I found I was able to watch it a few times but it is short so you will know the story all the way through after a couple of watches.
Overall, it is a great buy to complete your Shrek collection but not the best buy if you are hoping to keep people entertained for a couple of hours.
A half-hour television special.