Shrek- Not a Typical Childrenâ€™s Film.
An animated fairytale containing an assortment of personified animals and a lovable ogre appears to be setting the stage for a typical childrenâ€™s movie. This is not the case with Dreamworkâ€™s production of Shrek. Based on a childrenâ€™s book by William Steig, Shrek caters more to the child at heart. Shrek, the movieâ€™s main character, is on a quest to save a Princess and regain his swamp. With his sidekick Donkey, a talkative ass, Shrek leads viewers on an adventure revealing enough adult content and sexual innuendos, set to an adult contemporary soundtrack, to make it hard to remember that it is only a PG movie. .
The quest is initiated when the evil Lord Farquaad is told that the only way he is capable of becoming a King is to marry a princess. The magic mirror presents him with his choice of fair maidens. This is done with an allusion to the Dating Game, a game show made popular with the older generations. The first contestant is Cinderella, â€œa mentally abused shut-in.â€ Next is Snow White, who â€œalthough she lives with seven men, she is not easy.â€ Finally is Princess Fiona, â€œa fiery redhead,â€ who captures Farquaardâ€™s eye. Despite being familiar storybook princesses, their descriptions are anything but. .
While the lord views his would be companions, Shrek is adding an â€œoliveâ€ to his ogre martini after his hard dayâ€™s work. The next day, when he meets with Lord Farquaad, there is a conflict as to who will save Princess Fiona from the dragon. Shrek inquires, â€œcanâ€™t we settle this over a pint?â€ These drinking references are not usually referred to after a hard dayâ€™s play or a dispute in the sandbox. This kind of adult humor just sets the stage for the sexual innuendos.
After shadowing Shrek back to his humble home and barging in uninvited Donkey talks of staying up all night and swapping manly stories.