More Than 200 Artists Remade 'Shrek' Scene-by-Scene and Boy It Looks Weird
The trailer for 'Shrek Retold' feels like a fever dream.
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A version of this article originally appeared on VICE US
There's a new Shrek remake coming down the pipeline. Not Shrek 5, the mysterious reboot that some speculate will be directed by Guillermo del Toro, but Shrek Retold, a feature-length, shot-for-shot reimagining that will transform the original script into something wholly new and, from the looks of the trailer, wholly disturbing.
According to AV Club, more than 200 artists have banded together under the banner of 3GI Industries, which hosts an annual Shrek-themed festival, to recreate every single scene from the 2001 classic in their own original styles. The hallucinatory combination of different animation techniques and live-action sequences, all of wildly different levels of effort and quality, comes off like a nostalgic fever dream.
There's a Newgrounds-esque Flash animation of the fairy tale creatures squatting in Shrek's swamp. There are many, many dudes reenacting Shrek's lines while slathered in green paint and sporting fake antennae. At one point, Shrek and Donkey storm the dragon's castle as anime characters. It's all vaguely disturbing; and yet, at the same time, it's kind of amazing. Somehow, these people actually pulled off a half-animated, half-live action, homemade Shrek remake – and if nothing else, that feat alone is hugely impressive.
The whole thing is the brainchild of Grant Duffrin, an artist who founded Shrek Fest four years ago, and has spent the years since crowdsourcing talent for Shrek Retold. He told Quartz that there's not a speck of irony in his passion for Shrek, which he compared, for some reason, to ice cream. "Could you enjoy ice cream ironically?" he said. "Could you eat ice cream as a joke?" Duffrin also claimed that Shrek Retold has nothing to do with the uncanny memes spawned from the "Shrek is life, Shrek is love" version of the ogre. It's not about the memes, he said. It's about the fictional green swamp creature who inspired them.
Regardless of whether Shrek Retold is a parody or a love letter (or maybe both?), you can check it out on the 29th of November when it hits the 3GI Industries website.