ABC Celebrates the Holidays With SHREK THE HALLS, SHREK THE THIRD Tonight

ABC, home of the beloved Christmas classics "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and others that have delighted generations, once again offers an instant classic to its holiday repertoire - Dreamworks Animation's "Shrek the Halls," a half-hour of entertainment starring America's favorite ogre and his friends and featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. "Shrek the Halls" airs TONIGHT, DECEMBER 24 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD 11/28/07)

Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It's Christmas Eve and everyone is filled with holiday cheer -- except for Shrek. He isn't exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek's plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas.

"Shrek the Halls" is written by Gary Trousdale & Sean Bishop and Theresa Cullen & Bill Riling, produced by Gina Shay and Teresa Cheng and directed by Gary Trousdale. Executive Producer is Aron Warner.

"Shrek the Halls" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline


"Shrek the Third," featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas and Justin Timberlake, will air as the "ABC Monday Movie of the Week," TONIGHT, DECEMBER 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Winner of a People's Choice Award and a Kid's Choice Award in 2008, the film will be broadcast in HDTV with 5.1-channel surround sound. (Rebroadcast. OAD 11/20/09)

After the King (John Cleese) of Far, Far Away falls ill and passes away, Shrek (Myers) and his pregnant wife, Fiona (Diaz), find themselves the immediate successors to the throne. Being the thoughtful big green ogre that he is, Shrek is determined to find the real heir to the throne, Fiona's cousin, Artie (Timberlake). Shrek is joined by his faithful companions, Donkey (Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Banderas), as they set sail in a search Artie. Meanwhile, a vengeful Prince Charming (Evrett) gathers a slew of fairy tale villains to overthrow the new king and, upon their return, Shrek and the young Artie must defend the throne and their kingdom.

"Shrek the Third" stars Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots, Julie Andrews as Queen, John Cleese as King, Rupert Evrett as Prince Charming, Eric Idle as Merlin and Justin Timberlake as Artie.

"Shrek the Third" was produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg for DreamWorks and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Chris Miller & Raman Hui and written by William Steig & Andrew Adamson. The 2007 animated film is the third film in the "Shrek" series. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED) (Broadcast in stereo where available)

The ABC Television Network's HDTV broadcast of "Shrek the Third" will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.

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