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October 22, 2022

Scared Schrekless

2010 / Gary Trousdale / Netflix / TV-PG


Quick Thoughts

  • Shrek is love. Shrek is life.

  • The animation still looks great.

  • Seeing Farquad’s castle all spooked up for Halloween doesn’t reeeeeally make sense.

  • Good time, entertained the baby and me.

Alright, so I’ll admit it, I’m so far behind on this October Horror Movie Challenge, and with that being the case today we took a shortcut and delved into Dreamworks Halloween special "Scared Schrekless". This is a mere half hour and a quick one at that. The short is set up as an anthology, with an overarching plotline that consists of memorable Shrek characters sitting around telling scary stories in Lord Farquad's abandoned castle.

Upon looking into this short further I discovered exactly how much Dreamworks has milked the Shrek property. There are a number of these, not to mention the sequels that proceed to get worse and worse as time went on. With continuing to produce Shrek content they were bound to come across instances where the original cast wasn’t able to voice their characters. Here we have Dean Edwards taking up the voice of Donkey, which we all know is Eddie Murphy’s role. He does fine, btw.

Besides that little fun fact, this animated horror anthology is actually quite the romp. We get a story from the Gingerbread Man, about him and the Muffin Man creating the perfect Gingerbread Woman. That story plays out similarly to “Pet Semetary” which meets “Night of the Living Dead”. The next story is told by Puss, but he’s constantly interrupted by Donkey, resulting in an odd “Psycho” homage. Lastly, we end up with Shrek playing the doctor in “The Exorcist”. We enjoyed this for what it is, and I encourage you to watch it with your kiddos.

If you could create the perfect partner, would you use gingerbread, red velvet cake, or sugar cookie?

  • Yes.

  • I already have the perfect partner. (Can't go wrong here)


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