A very ogre Christmas
It will air at 6:30pm on Saturday December 1, running head to head against Seven’s High School Musical 2. It is followed by the grand final of Australia’s Funniest Home Videos at 7pm.
Shrek Art Director Peter Zaslav promises the Christmas special will introduce a couple of new characters adding, “It will primarily consist of old ones that audiences are already familiar with. We’re visiting some old environments and all the core group of characters. It really integrates with what’s taking place where Shrek the Third left off.”
Channel Nine will present SHREK THE HALLS, an instant family classic featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas, on Saturday, December 1 at 6.30pm.
SHREK THE HALLS is a half-hour of Christmas entertainment starring the world’s favourite ogre and his friends, from DreamWorks Animation, producers of the Shrek movie series.
Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy living happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve and everyone is full of holiday cheer – except Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy but, for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can.
Unfortunately everyone seems to have their own ideas as to what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cosy family celebration end up spiralling into one truly unforgettable Christmas.
The Shrek series is DreamWorks Animation’s most successful franchise to date. It began with the groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning feature Shrek, based on the popular children’s book by William Steig. The sequel, Shrek 2, proved even more successful at the box office, almost doubling the worldwide take of the original to become the third-highest-grossing film of all time.
Shrek the Third, the latest instalment, recently rewrote box office history by scoring the biggest US opening weekend ever for an animated film, and has grossed nearly $800 million to date. The fourth film in the series is already in production.
SHREK THE HALLS is a half-hour special that the producers plan on becoming a Christmas TV classic, to go to air every year in the holiday season. Says art director Peter Zaslav: “While there will be a couple of new characters, it will primarily consist of old ones that audiences are already familiar with. We’re visiting some old environments and all the core group of characters. It really integrates with what’s taking place where Shrek the Third left off.”
SHREK THE HALLS will premiere Saturday, December 1 at 6.30pm on Channel Nine.