November 16, 2006

DreamWorks Animation SKG Debuts "Shrek the Halls" Animated Television Special

Glendale, Calif. - Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment and Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG have announced that ABC Entertainment will air “Shrek The Halls,” an original animated special from DreamWorks Animation SKG. 
The half-hour soon-to-be Christmas favorite will premiere in December 2007.     
“Family classics are a cornerstone of our brand, and ‘Shrek The Halls’ will provide warm  memories year-after-year, and be a great addition to our library of holiday favorites such as ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’” says McPherson.  
Shrek has been featured in two major animated films to-date, and the world television premiere of "Shrek 2" will air Sunday, November 24, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., ET, on ABC.     
Added Katzenberg, "The time has come to celebrate the joys of the holiday season with Shrek and his family, and see how Christmas would play out in his world. 'Shrek the Halls’ follows a natural storytelling path for us, and we’re so happy to be partnered with ABC in expanding the world of Shrek into the television arena.”  
“Shrek The Halls” brings Christmas home to the swamp. Join Shrek (Mike Myers), Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas), and their fairytale buddies as they put their own twist on everyone’s favorite holiday traditions.
The half-hour special will be directed by Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast) and produced by Teresa Cheng (Madagascar) and Gina Shay (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie). 
Holiday favorites included in the ABC library are “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” the annual “Walt Disney Christmas Parade” and “Tournament of Roses Parade,” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”