ABC ENTERTAINMENT ADDS "SHREK THE HALLS," A DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG ORIGINAL ANIMATED SPECIAL, TO ITS IMPRESSIVE LIBRARY OF HOLIDAY CLASSICS
"Shrek the Halls" to Premiere December 2007
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas Reprise Original Roles
ABC Entertainment is to add "Shrek the Halls," an original animated special from DreamWorks Animation SKG, to its impressive library of holiday classics, it was announced today by Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment and Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of 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,'" said McPherson.
Shrek has been featured in two major animated films to date, and the network television premiere of "Shrek 2" will air Friday, 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 all 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 Day Parade" and "Tournament of Roses Parade" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve."