This Fan-Made Shrek Movie Is A Straight Up Fever Dream

Everyone is familiar with Shrek.

The 2001 DreamWorks hit featuring Mike Myers as the eponymous Scottish ogre who, through the course of the film, became the unconventional hero alongside his noble Donkey (Eddie Murphy), captured our hearts and defined the early 2000’s. Its huge box office success came as a massive shock to DreamWorks, who considered it the ugly sibling of The Prince of Egypt, which was in production at the same time*. It’s a franchise that remains as relevant and influential now as when it was first released, so homages and artistic interpretations are pretty much a guarantee.

But I’ll tell you right now, folks, this is something else.

This crowdsourced remake, called Shrek Retold, features the work of over 200 animators, artists, and filmmakers, who each remade a particular scene of the movie based on their own artistic interpretation. And, as so many things do these days, it all started with a tweet.

Basically, it’s a shot-for-shot remake of the film in 200 different styles ranging from extremely detailed cartoons

To live action actors with green face paint on

To literal nightmare fuel.

The term “artistic interpretation” is pretty broad and could mean a ton of different things, so let me give you a more refined description of what you’re about to see. I really don’t think anything can fully prepare you for this but I’ll do my best.

Imagine you took Shrek and fed it through a meat grinder, but the meat grinder is the tunnel of terror from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and then this is what you’re left with.

A conglomerate of ground horror Shrek. That’s the best way I can describe it.

I want to make it clear that I’m not a hater of art and film, I appreciate the work that went into each segment of this collaboration. I could never do it myself and I definitely have respect for the contributors who made this possible.

That doesn’t change the fact that I 100% need to find a support group after watching it.

There’s more, though. For better or for worse, you can experience the entire full length feature on YouTube at no cost other than your own sanity. Good luck.


Credit for all contributors involved was compiled into a Google Spreadsheets document provided by 3GI in the full length video description. The full list of artists involved can be found here.

Notes from the author

*Shrek was actually used as an animators Gulag, if you fucked up while working on The Prince of Egypt, you were sent to work on Shrek as punishment. As well as being considered a dungeon for animators, the movie’s release was delayed when Mike Myers decided he wanted to change Shrek’s accent – meaning they would have to re-record all of his dialogue, costing extra time and an additional $4 million dollars. However, it not only swept The Prince of Egypt away in the box office, it even went on to win DreamWorks an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and to date the franchise has made over $2 billion.

I guess this proves that in order to have a successful movie you need more than a big cast and pretty animation.

There’s layers.

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