The first “Shrek” film came out in 2001. As of 2021, it has reached its 20th anniversary.
The sequel was released in 2004, and the third one in 2007. It ended with a fourth movie in 2010.
Here, though, I am only going to discuss my favorite moments in the first and second “Shrek” movies. While the third one displeased many, I enjoyed it very much. In fact, so many of the third film’s moments cracked me up. But the review for that is on another post.
So, let the lists begin!
“I’m making waffles”
Donkey said this around the beginning of the movie, when Shrek still had issues with anyone in his swamp. Despite that, Donkey still showed interest in befriending him.
“What are you doing in my swamp?!”
It’s such an iconic line. Although Shrek made himself unlikable, this quote still stands out to me and even makes me want to come back to that clip often.
“Welcome to Duloc” song
When Donkey and Shrek go to a stadium, Donkey checks out something at the information area. It turns out to show a bunch of little figures explaining Duloc’s rules in a song.
Although something that would gloss over a child’s head shocked me a bit, I still admire the idea and execution of this moment.
Shrek and the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party
Although it is not part of the main story, this special feature has different characters sing various songs popular at the time of its release. Each character sings a verse or a few of a certain song, and then another character (or more) starts another. I watch this on YouTube a lot.
“I need a hero”
The fairy godmother sings this at a ball as Shrek and some of his swamp buddies rush to it in order to stop Prince Charming from kissing Fiona.
Despite the fairy godmother’s true nature, she performed an amazing job with the song.
Fairy Godmother’s introduction song
After Shrek and Fiona argue, Fiona cries on the balcony – only for the fairy godmother to show up and make things “better.” Her song engages me as does her magic. She can do so much with it, although it could have had some limits, as audiences expect for fantasy works. Maybe it did, but no one got a chance to explain them.
“I’m wearing ladies’ underwear.”
Yes, the movie is rated PG, which is pretty much like the G rating these days and even during the 90’s and 00’s. However, dirty or raunchy content happens a lot in the “Shrek” movies, even though most of the moments gloss over kids’ heads.
Anyway, this scene shows the swamp pals rescuing Shrek, Donkey, and Puss. Pinocchio descends into the dungeon and he has to quickly tell a lie. When he doesn’t know what to say, Donkey suggests something crazy, which is wearing ladies’ underwear.
Somehow, Pinocchio is wearing a thong and denies it over and over again, which causes his nose to grow. Then Gingy saves Shrek, Doney, and Puss.
Despite how far this might have gone, I still love this!
The “Shrek” movies still matter to me as they played a big role for entertainment in my childhood. There is also talk of a fifth “Shrek” film coming out, which I don’t feel too happy about.
While I enjoy the “Shrek” franchise, I believe it remains best for the fourth installment to close out the series.