“Somebody once told me the world was gonna roll me, I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed”, is the iconic first line that drops at the beginning of Shrek (2001), and the start of one of the soundtracks that defined the early 2000s.
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TheShrekseries of movies have been icons ever since the first film debuted in 2001. Starring Mike Myers in the titular role of Shrek the Ogre, Shrek the film came to almost define DreamWorks Animation as a studio and cement the burgeoning company in the minds of the public.
To tell the story of Shrek, one must first begin with the story of DreamWorks Animation Studios — or as it was known, DreamWorks SKG back in 1994.
Shrek: A Brief, Weird History
Long ago, in a “Magic Kingdom” far, far away, an executive by the name of Jeffrey Katzenberg was upset after being passed on for the role of Chief Operating Officer by one Disney CEO, Michael Eisner. Katzenberg then departed the magical kingdom known as The Walt Disney Company. Joining forces with famous director Stephen Spielberg and music executive David Geffen, the animation studio known as DreamWorks SKG (their initials) was born.
Recruiting talent from The Walt Disney Company and Disney Animation itself, Katzenberg and Co. sought to redefine the animation industry in their own way — and importantly, stand in sharp contrast to The Walt Disney Company. Starting to get a picture of why Shrek was made, now?
Producing several iconic films such as The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Road to El Dorado (2000), and film franchises like Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How To Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks has remained a staple and firm competitor of Disney ever since.
But still quite key to the foundation of the studio? Sweet, sweet revenge.
Why was Shrek such a big deal?
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The firstShrekmovie start kickstarted almost a decade of films and characters within the Shrek world and franchise — with some instalments being beloved cult classics and others… less so.
Standing in almost fierce opposition to The Walt Disney Company and their specific style of fairytale-driven, family-friendly entertainment, the Shrek movies specifically began as a clear pastiche of “classic princess fairytales” of the Disney bent, before evolving and developing into their own unique fantasy world.
Coupling “adult” humor and pop culture references with direct parodies of Disney and fairytale classics, Shrek attempted (and in some cases, rather successfully achieved) a particular brand of self-aware comedy suited for all ages. Not to mention, its no-holds-barred insanity lent itself beautifully to getting permanently installed into the halls of internet meme history.
Now, let’s peel open the layers of the large, juicy onion that is the Shrek series of films! This is all Shrek movies ranked.
Ranking all the Shrek movies from worst to best
4. Shrek The Third (2007)
Last (and first) on the list is the penultimate Shrek movie,Shrek The Third.Following disappointingly from the significantly better Shrek 2 three years prior, the third Shrek film concerns a confusing plot surrounding the… weirdly “froggy” death of King Harold (John Cleese) of Far Far Away, leading Shrek (Mike Myers) to go on a strange quest to find an heir to the throne in King Arthur, or Arthur “Artie” Pendragon (Justin Timberlake) as he fears the responsibility of becoming a King himself. Shirking responsibilities is the entire conceit of the movie, basically.
Shrek sets out on his quest with Donkey (Eddie Murphy) in a very protracted “medieval high school” segment with a teenaged Artie, while Princess Fiona is left home with mother Queen Lilian (Julie Andrews) to grapple with the Big Bad of this movie, returning Prince Charming (Rupert Everett).
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There is also an underlying issue plaguing our Big Green Guy — with an equally odd premise and uncomfortably depicted Shrek-babies. Yes, this movie concerns Shrek’s very visually disturbing fears of becoming an ogre-daddy to his and Fiona’s likely entirely ogre-kin. Legitimately, there are some seriously unsettling sequences in this film — you have been warned.
Its general incoherency and somewhat boring plot, alongside a not-as-well utilized villain in Prince Charming relegates this Shrek film to last place in the list!
3. Shrek Forever After (2010)
Third place goes to the most recent of the films in the Shrekfranchise, Shrek Forever After, with a time-turning-twist posing a threat to our main ogres.
In a flashback, it’s revealed that the fairytale character Rumpelstiltskin or “Rumpel” (Walt Dohrn) was about to sign a contract with the King and Queen of the Kingdom of Far Far Away (established in the second Shrek) to lift the curse on their daughter — with the deal not going through because Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) had just then gotten rescued by Shrek from her heavily guarded castle.
The last tale in the Shrek franchise deals with Rumpel as the villain of the film, engaging in a plot that seeks to erase the current state of the Shrek world — as Rumpel tricks Shrek à la Sea Witch Ursula from The Little Mermaid (1989) or Doctor Facilier from Princess and the Frog (2009) — into signing a manipulative contract.
Shrek has to meet a “warrior” type iteration of wife Princess Fiona, and fight for the original life that he took for granted — eventually realizing that he didn’t know what he missed.
And SPOILERS — Shrek kind of “dies”? There is indeed an emotional Shrek death scene.
2. Shrek (2001)
Ah, the first ever Shrek.
An icon that will surely stand the test of time, Shrek and the world it introduced audiences to, as well as the music — holds an eternally-2000s aesthetic that is entirely working for it.
Shrek was a clever satire of Disney and its brand of movies, throwing in Eddie Murphy’s Donkey to act as a superb foil to Shrek. With the film bragging everything from a buddy road-trip flick, to a fairytale fantasy, to a rom-com, Shrek attempts and does it all.
Lord Farquaad (who is allegedly meant to mirror Michael Eisner in some ways) is played expertly by John Lithgow, who delivers a gorgeously evil-yet-practical villain with a severe Napoleon complex. Audiences are also introduced to the colorful cast of characters in Pinocchio, the Three Little Pigs (both/all Cody Cameron), the Gingerbread Man (Conrad Vernon) and the Three Blind Mice (played by Mike Myers and Simon J. Smith).
Overall, it’s a phenomenal first foray into this new world, with the growing romance between unconventional Shrek and Princess Fiona with a “liar revealed” plot that isn’t annoying, greatly unique animation, a bumping soundtrack that blends 2000s hits with surprisingly emotional gravitas, and a multitude of iconic scenes and meme fodder.
1. Shrek 2 (2004)
“C minor, put it in C minor.”
This movie is the perfect sequel.
There, I said it! It’s better than the firstShrek. Shrek 2delves into the characters in a way that’s sorely needed beyond their more trope-heavy portrayals in the first movie, and it effectively expands on the Shrek lore and fantasy world. Also? We’re looking at an almost perfect villain in the Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders) and bumbling and vain himbo son, Prince Charming.
Fiona coming from a Hollywood-inspired Kingdom called “Far Far Away”? Her parents, actually the living “happy ending” of The Frog Prince fairytale, the hilarity that ensues with mistaken identities and Shrek and Donkey feeling “less” and turning into “good looking” versions of themselves, the mass-market nature of the Fairy Godmother’s empire? All of it is a stroke of genius. Saunders gives a stellar performance as the villain, with a backstory that actually fits into and fleshes out the lore of the Shrekworld and characters and cleverly subverts expectations at every twist and turn of this brilliantly written film.
The direct Disney jokes in this don’t feel as… mean-spirited as the original (no Duloc-AKA-Disney theme park jibes, no Eisner jabs, etc), focusing a lot more on the world as a vehicle for funny bits and genre jokes that actually further the story — rather than using it as a chance to simply put down Disney execs. Not that it isn’t hilarious when they do it effectively!
Overall the Shrek franchise will forever after remain a symbol of the DreamWorks Animation Studios and the period in which it was made.
But this is not “The End” — in fact, it’s entirely likely that audiences will see a fifth Shrek film — but this time it could be a reboot of the franchise.
Do you agree with this ranking of all four Shrek movies? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
While we know from the first song's lyrics that Shrek is actually seven, we're never explicitly told Fiona's age. At least not directly. But if we dig into the musical's script, we get a brief character note that tells us that young Fiona is also seven.Is Shrek 4 The last Shrek? ›
In October 2007, Katzenberg announced a title for the fourth film, Shrek Goes Fourth, explaining that "Shrek goes out into the world, forth!" In May 2009, however, DreamWorks Animation retitled the film to Shrek Forever After, indicating that it would be the last in the Shrek series.Is Shrek 1 or 2 better? ›
It would be key for Shrek 2 to follow through on the message of the first, and that's precisely what the sequel does. Through its thematic depth, a better ensemble of gut-busting characters, and improved animation and action, Shrek 2 handily tops its predecessor and sits firmly as one of the best-animated sequels ever.Is Shrek 5 ever coming? ›
Shrek 5 was originally planned for a 2019 release before rumours online suggested that it'd arrive at the end of 2022. That isn't happening, but the movie does have a release date now of May 20, 2023.What is a famous line from Shrek? ›
SHREK (2001) Scene: "I'm making waffles!"What's Shrek's full name? ›
Trivia. His full name is Sir Shrek. He bathes in mud in his swamp.How old is Fiona? ›
35 years old, Princess Fiona has to act like the queen of Far Far Away while her father is ill. When the latter passes away, Shrek sets out to find her cousin Arthur Pendragon (or Artie), and she tells him that she is pregnant (something that she has been hinting at since the start of the film).How is Shrek born? ›
Shrek was born to an unnamed father and mother about thirty years prior to when he rescued Fiona. He lived with his parents before he was sent away on his 7th birthday.Is Shrek 5 Cancelled? ›
Shrek 5 is a cancelled Shrek film by DreamWorks Animation as what would have been the fifth installment in the Shrek franchise.What is Shrek 5 called? ›
Possible fifth Shrek film
After the release of Shrek the Third in 2007, Katzenberg announced that the fifth film would be released in 2013. In May 2009, DreamWorks Animation announced that the fourth film's title would be Shrek Forever After, indicating that it would be the last in the Shrek series.
Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film loosely based on the 1990 book of the same name by William Steig. It is the first installment in the Shrek franchise.Is Shrek a hero or villain? ›
Meet Shrek. Shrek is the protagonist and hero in the film Shrek. In the beginning of this film, Shrek struggles with accepting himself as an ogre.Is Shrek a villain? ›
Shrek is the protagonist of the book of the same name, a series of films by DreamWorks Animation, as well as a musical.Is Shrek 2 appropriate for kids? ›
The MPAA rated Shrek 2 PG for some crude humor, a brief substance reference and some suggestive content.Who is the villain in Shrek 5? ›
Stiltskin or simply Rumpel, is the main antagonist of DreamWorks' twentieth full-length animated feature film Shrek Forever After, the fourth and final installment of the Shrek film series.When was Shrek 6 release? › Will there be a Kung Fu Panda 4? ›
It will be the first installment in the 'Kung Fu Panda' series since 2016, when DreamWorks animation, the makers of 'Shrek', 'How to train your dragon', completed a planned trilogy. 'Kung Fu Panda 4' is scheduled for release on March 8, 2024, according to an announcement made on Friday by Universal Pictures.What is the funniest Shrek? ›
Shrek the Third lives up to the first two movies with its great jokes, which are mostly found in the very funny scenes in the high school where Arthur is found and during Prince Charming's terrible attempts at dinner theater.What is the most famous line ever? ›
- “ May the Force be with you.” - Star Wars, 1977.
- “ There's no place like home.” - The Wizard of Oz, 1939.
- “ I'm the king of the world!” - ...
- “ Carpe diem. ...
- “ Elementary, my dear Watson.” - ...
- “ It's alive! ...
- “ My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. ...
- “ I'll be back.” -
With his sizable green stature and thick Scottish accent, Shrek has become an iconic and nostalgic character over the years - however, many have wondered why Shrek has his characteristic accent, and where he got it from.
The trio journey to Worcestershire Academy, an elite magical boarding school, where they discover Artie is a scrawny, 16-year-old underachiever. At the school pep rally, Shrek tells Artie he has been chosen to be king of Far Far Away.Is Fiona a frog or ogre? ›
One of the film series' main characters, Fiona is introduced as a beautiful princess placed under a curse that transforms her into an ogre at night. She is initially determined to break the enchantment by kissing a prince, only to meet and fall in love with Shrek, an ogre, instead.Why is he named Farquaad? ›
Shrek. Lord Farquaad is thought to be a caricature of Michael Eisner, then-CEO of the Walt Disney Company and a subject of DreamWorks' then-CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg's (and the film's) ire. Farquaad's name is also believed to be a corruption of the slur "fuckwad".Is Shrek 108 years old? ›
did you know that Shrek is 108 years old in the first Shrek movie, making an 86 year age gap between him and Fiona, who's supposed to be 22? How do you know Shreks age ?Did Bibi have a boy or girl? ›
Just days after the baby's birth, zookeepers told WLWT that Bibi and her calf were "inseparable and spent the night bonding in the indoor pools."Now that we know the calf is a boy, you can submit your names to the Zoo by clicking here. It's a boy!Is Fiona a drunk? ›
No, Fiona is not an alcoholic or an addict but the problem is; growing up in the south side of Chicago, it's really difficult to resist the temptation and Fiona succumbed to it. First, she did drugs, thanks to Robbie (another one of Fiona's bad choices in men), but she got back on her feet.How strong is Shrek? ›
Overpowered four witches with ease. Lifted a tree stump with little effort. Strong enough to toss Fiona into the air.Is Shrek real story? ›
The animation studio have never publically revealed if 'Shrek' was based on a real person, but the common consensus is that there was indeed a real man behind the ogre – and his own story is almost worthy of a Hollywood fairytale.What food does Shrek eat? ›
Slugs, ants, snakes and other critters that send chills up our spines make his stomach growl with hunger. While we'd lunge for a can of Raid, he'd ask you to please pass the salt and pepper. Shrek makes slurping down a snail or crunching down on a beetle look, well, almost appetizing.How tall is Shrek? ›
According to Adam Adamson, who directed the first two movies in the franchise, Shrek's height sits somewhere between 7 and 8 feet tall.
Although some characters might remain the same in the reboot, they will receive several alterations in design to be represented quite different. On the other hand, the returning of Lord Farquaad is highly expected in Shrek+5">Shrek 5. Resurrection from death is possible in the fifth animated movie of the franchise.Is Arthur in Shrek Forever After? ›
Shrek Forever After
Arthur is neither seen or mentioned once in the film, for unknown reasons. In Rumpelstiltskin's new world of Far Far Away, he does not appear because in the alternate universe, he was never proclaimed king by Shrek.
Shrek as a strategy for taking objective exams.: S= Surveying, H= Have confidence, R= Read directions, E= Easy ques- tions first, and K= Key words. Porpe prepare ahead of time for essay questions. P= Predict, O= Organize, R= Rehearse, P= Practice, and E= Evaluate.What is the name of Shrek's 4 legged sidekick? ›
Meet Shrek and Donkey | Universal Studios Florida™Do the roar Shrek kids name? ›
"Do the roar." Butter Pants is a short, obese child who resembles Louie Anderson in looks and voice. He is seen wearing a gold outfit and carrying a giant lollipop. He talks in a grating monotone voice, and sounds nasally somewhat also similar to that of Mel Blanc.How tall is Lord Farquaad? ›
|Weight||43kg (95 lbs)|
Lord Farquaad first appears in the 2001 animated fantasy film Shrek as the dictatorial ruler of Duloc, which he attempts to rid of fairy-tale creatures. This sets the film's central plot in motion. He is a short man with a medieval pageboy haircut and an arrogant, temperamental, and cold demeanor.How long is a Shrek? › Who is Shrek 3 villain? ›
Charming is so far the most recurring villain in the Shrek series. Since Charming was the main antagonist of Shrek The Third, he is the first main antagonist of the third film in a computer animated film series.Who was the first villain in Shrek? ›
Lord Maximus Farquaad is the main antagonist of the 2001 animated feature film Shrek, as well as Shrek 4-D and the musical. He is voiced by John Lithgow.
She explains that when she was a child a witch cast a spell on her, causing her to transform into an ogre when the sun goes down, and that the curse can only be broken by true love's first kiss.Is Farquaad evil? ›
Farquaad is the only main villain in the Shrek franchise who does not come from a fairytale, as Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, and Rumpelstiltskin, the main antagonists of Shrek's three sequels, Shrek 2, Shrek The Third and Shrek Forever After, actually came from them.Is Rumpelstiltskin evil? ›
Type of Villain
Rumpelstiltskin is the titular main antagonist of the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the same name. He is a magical dwarf (or goblin, or imp)-like creature who aided a girl in weaving thread into gold but demanded the heavy price of her firstborn child in payment.
Some of these characters may frighten very young viewers. Prince Charming tries to kill Shrek and stabs him in the chest with a sword. Shrek falls forward and for a few tense moments it appears as though it may be dying. It is then revealed that Prince Charming had poor aim and hadn't really harmed him.What age is R appropriate for? ›
Restricted: R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.Is Gremlins OK for a 5 year old? ›
At least 10. The kitchen scene alone, where Billy's fearless mom slaughters a stream of evil gremlins, makes me think parents should wait until their kids are older and able to handle the scares that come with a well-made creature story.
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Coco has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example: The Land of the Dead is a colourful but scary place, with flying creatures, dragons and spirit animals.What is considered the best DreamWorks movie? ›
- #1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 99% 91% ...
- #2. Chicken Run (2000) 97% 65% ...
- #3. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) 95% 79% ...
- #4. Antz (1998) ...
- #5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) ...
- #6. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) ...
- #7. Shrek 2 (2004) ...
- #8. Shrek (2001)
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Enjoyable, but pales in comparison to the first two movies. I enjoyed Shrek the Third, but I found a lot of it very disappointing as well. The plot is very contrived, and has been done better many times before. The script, has a number of very bright spots, but is dull in comparison to two very good predecessors.Which is the No 1 cartoon movie in the world? ›
Lord Shen: 'Kung Fu Panda 2'
Shen is possibly the best villain DreamWorks has produced. Alongside his striking design and fantastic voice-work by Gary Oldman, there is a real sense of tragedy to him.
Shark Tale (36%)
The worst-ever DreamWorks animation, according to Rotten Tomatoes, is none other than Shark Tale. This fish-filled comedy tells of a tiny sea creature named Oscar who lies about having murdered a shark named Frankie.
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On the film review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, films that every surveyed critic considered bad have a 0% rating. As of 2022, 43 films have received this rating.What is a 0 star rating? ›
A vehicle can have a rating of zero stars (the lowest rating, with poor direct vision) up to five stars (the highest rating with excellent direct vision).What is rated S? ›
TV Parental Guidelines may have one or more letters added to the basic rating to let parents know when a show may contain violence, sex, adult language, or suggestive dialogue. D – suggestive dialogue (usually means talks about sex) L – coarse or crude language. S – sexual situations. V – violence.Is Rapunzel evil in Shrek? ›
Type of Villain
Rapunzel is the secondary antagonist of DreamWorks' fourteenth full-length animated feature film Shrek the Third, the third installment of the Shrek film series.
The trio journey to Worcestershire Academy, an elite magical boarding school, where they discover Artie is a scrawny, 16-year-old underachiever. At the school pep rally, Shrek tells Artie he has been chosen to be king of Far Far Away.Does Shrek 4 have a happy ending? ›
There is no happy ending for the “Shrek” franchise. The new “Shrek Forever After” — the fourth about a lovable ogre and his adventures in the land called Far Far Away — shows that this series has gone one movie too far.