Shrek made quite the splash when it hit theaters in 2001. Subverting animated fantasy tropes long established by Disney, the film interweaved its own brand of humor into a tale about accepting imperfection. Shrek went on to win the very first Academy Award in the Best Animated Film category and bolstered Dreamworks’ position as a serious contender to Disney’s own Pixar for computer animation. The film went on to spawn three sequels, a Puss in Boots spinoff, and a number of smaller animated chapters. Shrek 5 is currently scheduled to release in 2019, under the management of new Dreamworks parent company, NBCUniversal.
Honest Trailers has made a name for themselves by dramatically selling films, based on their worst qualities. Their videos are designed to highlight legitimate criticisms of potentially overhyped films, while jokingly doing the whole thing with compelling, deep-voiced narration.
For their fan appreciation month, Honest Trailers has finally made a video focusing on Shrek, their #1 most requested subject. (See video above.) The creators seem baffled at the choice but still manage to find plenty of criticisms to levy at the purposefully rough-around-the-edges classic.
Why is was Shrek the #1 pick? It’s likely that, despite the undeniable charm of the film’s characters and unique slant, there are quite a few people feel it’s distinctly overrated. It’s easy to argue that early aughts Disney needed to be taken down a notch, and Shrek aimed to do just that. But while the film aims to be a thoughtful deconstruction of the genre, it’s easy to argue that it’s simply derivative of the formula that Disney perfected. It often relies on fart jokes and dated pop culture references to fill in the gaps. Shrek’s message could even be seen as self-righteously nihilistic – (Beauty means nothing. It’s BAD even!) – or simply mean-spirited towards its animated predecessors. Other complaints feel unfair, like pointing out that 2001’s CG animation looks dated now, especially since Shrek‘s animation was phenomenal for the era. As for Honest Trailer’s highlight of behind-the-scenes animation glitches – it’s hard to see what relevance they have to even a tongue-in-cheek critique.
Do you think Honest Trailers give an honest assessment of Shrek’s flaws? Do you think they don’t give it enough credit for its strengths? Let us know in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Shrek 5 as they hit.
Source: Honest Trailers