YMMV / Shrek


Shrek film series

  • Adaptation Displacement: You probably won't find a lot of people who have even heard of Shrek! by William Steig (and if they did, it's likely they first heard of it by watching the credits of a Shrek film). So much was added to this little story that about the only thing it and the movies have in common is...a grumpy ogre named Shrek, a donkey (who is quickly forgotten about), a brief obstacle of a dragon, and an ugly princess.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Sure, Monsieur Hood definitely seemed like a French Jerk, but keep in mind he didn't know Shrek was a good guy. And his men only attacked Fiona in retaliation.
  • Awesome Music:
    • One can't disregard the franchise's main theme Fairytale, a hauntingly beautiful leitmotif that still manages to fit with the series' tongue-in-cheek tone.
    • Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me...
    • Both covers of "I'm a Believer" (Eddie Murphy's in the movie, Smash Mouth's on the soundtrack) are awesome, but Donkey belting it out at the end of the first movie with a crowd of fairy tales backing him up deserves special mention. For a typical kid watching this movie back in the summer of 2001, that whole sequence was the epitome of cool.
    Donkey: I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe I believe! Hey!
    Crowd: I! Be-lieve! I! Be-lieve! Be-lieve! I! Be-lieve!
  • Badass Decay: Fiona goes from being able to take down Robin Hood's entire band of outlaws...to being helpless against one guard and Lord Farquaad wielding only a small dagger, in the space of half a movie.
  • Broken Base: The announcement of a fifth Shrek movie has been met with highly mixed reactions. Some fans are overjoyed, especially ones who grew up with the series, and believe that DreamWorks Animation's beard-growing will lead to another good sequel. Others think that any further sequels would be detrimental, pointing to the sequelitis seen in the third and fourth movies, and believe that the franchise should quit while it's ahead with Puss in Boots. Others still find the announcement hard to take seriously due to the franchise's Memetic Mutation and believe that a fifth Shrek movie will be seen as a big joke.
  • Follow the Leader: It's difficult to imagine just how influential and popular Shrek was when it first came out, as just about every western animated feature has been influenced by its humor and style, not to mention "proving" that computer animation was the only way to go in the 21st century.
  • Fountain of Memes: Shrek himself as a result of the brogres taking everything he says as a meme.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: To this day, the first two movies are very popular in Poland, mainly due to Superlative Dubbing and Woolseyism.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One of the first things Shrek said to Fiona was "You were expecting Prince Charming?" And then...
    • One of the jokes MAD made about the first movie was Donkey and Dragon having half-donkey, half-dragon babies...which is exactly what happened in the second movie.
    • In the Japanese dub of the films, Koichi Yamadera voiced Donkey. The hilarity came with the fact in the very first film, the villain Lord Farquaad was voiced by Masato Ibu, who voiced the original Dessler and Shrek and Donkey has to defeat him. A few years later, Yamadera himself ends voicing Dessler as well.
    • Vincent Cassel voiced Monsieur Hood in the first movie. He had previously had a role in the French dub of another DreamWorks movie.
    • Some Chinese bootleggers used Dragon as a Charizard stand-in in a pirated Pokémon game. That series started a meme that applies perfectly to her relationship with Donkey.
    • Lord Farquaad, who was designed after Michael Eisner, came four years after Hades in Hercules, who was designed off of Jeffrey Katzenberg. Bonus points for John Lithgow nearly becoming the voice of Hades, even recording a few lines, before James Woods took the role.
  • Hollywood Homely: Fiona as an ogress. Repeatedly told to be ugly, repulsive, disgusting, every synonym imaginable, in the first movie as well as the sequels. While she certainly looks a bit plump and more frightening, most fans think she does look pretty cute even by ogre standards. In fact, fans even prefer her like that, though that's mostly due to looking Uncanny Valley as a human, due to early 2000's animation.
  • It Was His Sled: If you've seen the other movies or other adaptations after the first film, you'd know Fiona is also an orge and she marries Shrek.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Shrek himself makes a pretty solid case for this trope. Especially in the first two films.
  • Memetic Badass: Shrek, according to the Brogres' copypasta stories.
  • Memetic Molester: In the Brogres' copypasta stories, Shrek.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • DO THE ROAR!
    • I LOVE YOU DADDY!
      • (deep demonic voice): DA DA!!!
    • "I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder."
    • "Brogres", people who parody the Periphery Demographic phenomenon by treating every Shrek-related work as masterpieces of the highest quality, getting together on Shrekchan, their Imageboard, where they tell stories where they encounter Shrek and other characters from the films in Real Life (usually to brutally maim non-believers and engage in "shrexual" encounters), and treat Shrek as a god.
      • Shrek is love. Shrek is life.
    • "Some-BODY once told me..."
    • "WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY SWAMP?!"
    • Along the same lines, Shrek has been a commonly-requested newcomer for the fourth Super Smash Bros. game before its release, especially since the game Shrek Super Slam was a mascot-platform fighter in the same kind of vein.
    • "I'm making waffles!"
    • "Ogres are like onions!"
  • Memetic Psychopath: Some "Shrek is Love Shrek is Life" variants depict Shrek as a blood thirsty slaughterer.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Robin Hood and his merry men get a lot of attention from fans despite their very brief screen time.
  • Periphery Demographic: But of course. All four films were written with family audiences in mind, meaning lots of slapstick humor for the kids and pop-culture references and Getting Crap Past the Radar for adults. And then you have the Brogres, who jokingly worship the franchise and treat it as a form of higher art (and even a religion).
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: When the first Shrek movie came out, it was considered a witty and refreshing break from the then-formulaic Disney Animated Canon fare, and it put DreamWorks Animation on the map. Nowadays Shrek's often blamed for killing traditional animated films and starting a trend of rather mediocre CGI fims overly reliant on Anachronism Stew and Getting Crap Past the Radar. It didn't help that Dreamworks would not only give Shrek three sequels, but rehash the formula for most of their other films until they Grew the Beard with Kung Fu Panda.
    • One of the sources for fuel for the Shrek series, the general disdain directed towards Michael Eisner, was effectively cut off when Eisner was removed from Disney the year after the second Shrek movie hit theaters, along with other studios including Disney trying and failing at the "Fractured Fairy Tale" trend; Kung Fu Panda's critical and commercial success along with Disney Animation making another comeback sounded the death knell for this idea (the final Shrek film actually took itself more seriously with Rumpelstiltskin alone).
    • And after Dreamworks themselves grew the beard, other studios followed suit - instead of making Shrek ripoffs, they themselves started more frequently producing original and well-liked CGI movies, even including the Puss in Boots spinoff which took on more of a high fantasy and adventure tone.
    • Due to the sheer amount of Memetic Mutation and Brogre copypastas, it is difficult for many people to take anything Shrek-related seriously anymore.
    • Not helping Shrek's case is the fact that Disney, the very firm Jeff Katzenberg sought to overthrow, would eventually make a return to sincere fairy tale films, having not only learned from this film but, arguably, improving on its humor and style.
    • The first film's World of Snark has been copied to death so much that it feels less witty and more agonizingly cynical.
  • Sequelitis: This is the general consensus for Third. Fans are divided between whether Forever After is just as bad as Third or better. Reception has been much warmer for Forever After than for Third, however.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Third and Forever After are considered this by fans and critics, with Forever After as the slightly better one of the two. Some people would consider the entire series to be this due to Seinfeld Is Unfunny.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The Polish version is arguably funnier than the original, at least to Poles.
    • Same applies to the Hungarian version (and every other localization, I'm inclined to believe), with an extremely clever choice of voice actors and well-adapted cultural references.
    • Banderas does the Spanish version too - with an Andalusian accent.
      • That, however, doesn't prevent the Latin American localization from largely being a subversion, as it sports heavy Mexican accents, idioms, and at times jokes a little too localized, which made the movies right down unbearable for many of the non-Mexicans (arguably most of the targeted audience)...
      • The same problem occurred with the French version; while very well-localized for the French, it was considered incomprehensible by people in Quebec and some parts of France (to the point that one Québécois politician attempted to pass a bill requiring Quebec French dubbing for all movies after seeing Shrek the Third in French).
    • The Hebrew version is god-awful. But, then again, the only thing that's better in Hebrew is Crime and Punishment, and that's because they replaced Crime with Sin.
    • The Dutch version was also pretty good with the Woolseyism. Whether the original is better than the translation is subjective, though.
    • The Austrian version had a different voice Actor for the Fairy Godmother than the German version.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Welcome to Duloc" has the same rhythm as "It's a Small World After All", fitting for a song welcoming you to a Disneyland pastiche.
  • Uncanny Valley: Human!Fiona, one of the many reasons people prefer her ogre form over her human form. The CGI for her human character model hasn't aged well, especially when you see it again in the sequel, which featured much more cartoony looking humans.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The movie's soundtrack features Smash Mouth and the Baha Men, and it stars Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy, two men whose careers have cooled off considerably since the movie came out.
  • What Do You Mean, It's For Kids?: All four movies have this to some extent, with occasional mild cursing and direct references to adult situations such as drunkenness.

Shrek Video Games:

  • Cult Classic: Shrek Super Slam has an active, if small, competitive scene thanks to the franchise's Memetic Mutation.
  • Dueling Works: The 2001 game with Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. Both were launch titles for the original Xbox, featured green-skinned protagonists, and used flatulence as a game mechanic.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: After Shrek Forever After has been released, it is rather hilarious to frequently fight witches in an adaptation of the preceding film.
    • In the first game, Humpty Dumpty and a giant mother goose appear in the same level. Aside from his appearance as an opponent in the story mode of the aforementioned Shrek Super Slam (as his "Master Fu" ego, complete with evil laugh), Puss in Boots features the two as major characters. Humpty is even a villain, just like in the game.
  • In-Name-Only: Saying that the 2001 game is accurate to the film is like saying the sky is brown.
  • It's Easy, so It Sucks: Frequently the case with these games. A shame, because in Shrek The Third at least, there actually was a decent amount of effort put into the enemy design and variety, but it goes to naught because of overly powerful Regenerating Health and enemies not dealing sufficient amount of damage.
  • Polished Port: The Gamecube port of the 2001 game, Shrek: Extra Large, ironed out a number of the kinks in the Xbox original.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: All games have received consistently tepid reviews in the territory between 50's and low 60's on Metacritic.
    • No Problem with Licensed Games: Shrek Super Slam, a fighting game, has a decent Metascore of 67. This is also parodied by the Brogres treating Shrek video games as must-play masterpieces of the highest caliber, just like with the movies. There's even a small community dedicated to it!
      • The pinball machine has also been received pretty well, being ranked 93rd overall on the Internet Pinball Database with a 7.8 average rating out of 10 and earns a good amount of money in public. It may have been a Palette Swap of Family Guy, but it had better sales too.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The first Shrek game was given a "T" rating by the ESRB.


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