Phew, “Shrek” turns 20 years old this year. My lords, how time flies!
I’ve seen all the movies (except for the Puss-spin off, is it worth it?) and I liked them back then. I haven’t looked in since, though, and can’t judge whether they’ve aged well. The use of fairy tales and myths was nothing new, but I found them quite creative and funny and getting better with the sequels. Often such movies live especially from their side characters and running gags. Donkey and Gingerbread Man are especially memorable to me. I’m sure it still works well today.
When I saw the non-Shrek mini at Hasslefree, the dreaded buying impulse kicked in immediately. No idea why, I have no emotional attachment to Shrek. Anyway, I thought the mini was great and maybe I just felt like painting green skin again (nostalgic “Waagh!”). As is actually always the case with Hasslefree, the painting went more or less by itself. I chose colors very close to the original and am really happy with the result. Somewhere I also saw a miniature that reminded me very much of the donkey and there is definitely the dragon somewhere. But since I am, as I said, anyway not the very biggest fan, I am now content with the protagonist.
One point should be mentioned, however: The dubbing by Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy was congenial and made up a large part of the joke for me. Both should be seen more often in such roles, but both are perhaps a bit old for it by now?
Anyway, here’s the intro again including the catchy tune: