My family is loving the trend of special short features starring the characters of our favourite movies. I find it particularly nice because my 4.5 year old is very nervous about watching new movies and frequently decides that she doesn’t like them before they even get started. Knowing the characters that she’s going to watch, and hearing our usual refrain of “it’s all ok in the end”, helps her to give new movies a real shot, and usually leads to new favourites!
Both girls were very excited to open a package that contained the DreamWorks Holiday Collection (ok, I was excited too). While I love the classic Christmas movies of my childhood, I am of the mind that more Christmas movie options are always a good thing! The DreamWorks Holiday Collection has 4 short features on 2 DVDs. So far the hand’s down favourite is Dragons Holiday: Gift of the Night Fury (Ashlyn asked if she could watch it every day after the first viewing), though we haven’t seen the Madagascar movie yet so there could be some competition for that title.
Here’s a brief description from DreamWorks about each feature, in case you’re not familiar with them:
- Shrek the Halls: The Christmas tree isn’t the only thing green in this holiday classic. Shrek is back and trying to get into the spirit of the season. After promising Fiona and the kids a Christmas they’ll remember, he is forced to take a crash course in the holiday. But just when he thinks he has everything for their quiet family Christmas just right, Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingy and the rest of the gang decide to crash the party. “Shrek the Halls” is the greatest holiday tale that’s never been told… until now.
- Merry Madagascar: When Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar, it’s up to Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman and those wacky penguins to save Christmas. Get ready for a sleigh full of laughs in the hilarious holiday classic.
- Kung Fu Panda Holiday: In this hilarious action adventure, Master Shifu calls on Po to host the year’s biggest event! The Winter Feast is a special time of the year when the Kung Fu Masters celebrate family, tradition and the awesomeness of Kung Fu! Po and the Furious Five must team up to throw the best celebration the Valley of Peace has ever seen. Can Po pull off the perfect party, impress his heroes, and discover the true meaning of the Winter Feast.
- Dragons Holiday: Gift of the Night Fury: The Dragons are back in the exciting next chapter to the Academy Award(R)-nominated film, “How to Train Your Dragon”. The epic story of Hiccup and Toothless continues as they take flight in a thrilling, adventure to discover an island of never-before-seen dragons. Explosive action and fire-breathing excitement collide in this exhilarating DreamWorks Dragons story
You can find the DreamWorks Holiday Collection online at Amazon.com and in person at many local retailers.
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