A tiny snippet of a Christmas special, a bare 22 minutes long, such is the average length of a half-hour program now, once the commercials are extracted, but it has everything that the mighty Shrek franchise is noted for, and the original voices of all the characters â€“ Shrek and Fiona, Donkey and Puss in Boots. It also contains the same proportions of the adult-level wit combined with the cheerfully crude comedy that sends the kids into naughty giggles. The formerly solitary, swamp-loving ogre is bullied and dragooned into celebrating a perfect Christmas for his family â€“ (you probably wonâ€™t believe what they make candy-canes out of) â€¦ and then his friends get into the act. It all but brings down the house. No, really â€“ it about brings down the house.
As a Christmas special tie-in to a movie it makes a nice little lagniappe, and not anywhere near the cringe-making embarrassment that 1978â€™s Star Wars holiday special tie-in turned out to be for everyone involved.
At least the creators of Shrek knew what they were about, in creating and releasing â€œShrek The Hallsâ€. For the forseeable future, they stand foursquare behind itâ€™s cheerful silliness. It is available from Amazon.com and through many other commercial outlets, and with luck, be shown as repeatedly as â€œA Charlie Brown Christmasâ€ and â€œA Christmas Storyâ€.
Extras include a couple of sing-along features and some eminently forgettable games.
Sgt. Mom is a free-lance writer and member of the Independent Authors Guild who lives in San Antonio and blogs at The Daily Brief. Her current book project, â€œThe Adelsverein Trilogyâ€ has been released this month to great local interest. More about her books is at her website www.celiahayes.com.