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Shrek and Kung Fu Panda return for US TV specials

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Image caption Four Shrek films have been released since 2001

New television versions of hit animated movies Shriek and Kung Fu Panda will premiere on US TV later this year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

TV network NBC has teamed up with Dreamworks' Animation for half-hour holiday specials, Scared Shrekless and Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special.

The Halloween-themed Scared Shrekless will be shown on 28 October.

The Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special goes out on 24 November, the day before Thanksgiving.

It is not the first time NBC and Dreamworks have collaborated.

Last year, TV specials Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space and Merry Madagascar were premiered.

"These animated specials will provide top-flight family entertainment for fans of all ages," said Angela Bromstad, president of prime-time entertainment at NBC and Universal Media Studios.

In Shrekless, Shrek challenges Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots and other friends to spend the night in Lord Farquaad's haunted castle telling each other scary tales.

Emotional end

In Panda, Po has to choose between his family and his duty as dragon warrior when he is ordered to host a formal winter feast at the Jade palace.

The final Shrek film in the animated series - released earlier this year - starred Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas.

At the film's premiere, Diaz and Myers said they were emotional about the movie being the loveable green ogre's last outing.

"We're getting sadder and sadder as we go down the carpet, truthfully," said Myers, who played Shrek.

Diaz, who played Fiona, added: "I am sad it's the end."

Jack Black provided Po's voice in 2008's Kung Fu Panda film.

It is not yet known whether the original cast will return for the TV specials - although both the Madagascar and Monsters vs Aliens spin-offs retained Hollywood voices including Reese Witherspoon and ben Stiller.

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