Fa la la la la in the swamp

When you think about Christmas, you think about Santa, and presents under the tree, and stockings hung with care, and… Shrek?

Well, this year you just might:

ABC Entertainment adds “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.


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.”

Listen, I love Shrek as much as the next mom, which is to say that I was all set to disapprove of the crude humor and loved both movies in spite of myself (and in spite of all the fart jokes). And I’m guessing that a Shrek Christmas show will be clever and funny and all of that. But to compare it to ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas?’” Let’s not get carried away.

Let’s just wait and see, I feel the need to primly admonish, even as I tuck the kids into bed and then pull out our “Shrek” DVD to watch without them. Not that I’ve ever done that. You can’t prove anything.

“Shrek the Halls” will air on an as yet unspecified date in December. In the meantime, “Shrek 2″ will make its world television premiere on Sunday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on ABC. Just to put you in a Shrek-y holiday mood.

I guess I do sort of wonder what Christmas is like in the swamp. Who do you suppose has a more pitiful Christmas tree: Donkey or Charlie Brown? I guess I’ll have to tune in to find out.

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