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Shrek gets a holiday special

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 7th 2006 6:04PM
Joining the ranks of Frosty, Rankin-Bass' Rudolph and Charlie Brown's lonely Christmas tree is everyone's favorite ogre Shrek.

DreamWorks Animation SKG will be producing an original half-hour holiday special for ABC. The special Shrek the Halls will feature the voices of the entire original cast - Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas.

We won't be seeing holiday-themed Shrek on the air until 2007. Why? Well, animation done right takes time, but so does building a lasting franchise. According to DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg, the events of Shrek the Halls will pick up after the events of the yet-to-be-released third Shrek film.

I'm sure the Shrek special will be great, but can anyone really top a dentist elf, unhappy Yeti and misfit reindeer? Shrek is so postmodern in its sensibility that I'm sure it will be incorporating references to all the classic holiday specials anyway. It's the dawning of a hyper-referential pop culture Christmas.

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Paul

It'll be interesting if the whole Shrek franchise will have gotten so overdone and stale by the time this is released that the public will be fed up with the ogre. As everyone knows, things do get old after a while.

One interesting thing I did notice however is that this is Disney running a Katzenberg produced special. Just a bit weird I thought. Or maybe it's not such a big deal now that Iger's the big cheese at the mouse house.

November 07 2006 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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