Scared Shrekless

Produced By:  DreamWorks Animation

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Every Halloween, I wait in glorious anticipation for It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown to appear on television.  This traditional cartoon is the one animated show that gets me in the mood for Halloween.  Recently, I may have found another one - Scared Shrekless.  Featuring all the characters from the Shrek movies, this latest addition to Halloween television animation aired at 8pm EST on October 29, 2010 on NBC...up against the Great Pumpkin as a matter of fact.  Being a fan of the Shrek animated movies and the Christmas special, Shrek the Halls, I simply had to watch this Halloween special.

            Taking place after the events of Shrek Forever After, Scared Shrekless opens with our favorite ogre, Shrek (Mike Myers), teaching his children how to scare villagers and pillage their...well...candy - after all, it is Halloween.  Returning home with his children and his wife, Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Shrek discovers that all of his friends have come to his house for a Halloween party.  They devise a contest in which each of the friends tells a scary story.  The one who can stand the tales the longest without being scared off wins.

            Shrek is all for the contest, but decides they need a change of venue.  They head off to the palace of the long dead evil Lord Farquaad .  Abandoned and in a severe state of disrepair, the castle provides the perfect destination for the contest.  Gingy (Conrad Vernon) goes first, telling the tale of The Bride of Gingy (based loosely on The Bride of Frankenstein) in which Gingy's dream of the perfect mate turns ugly.  Gingy's perfectly created mate turns out to be a stalker that Gingy can't escape.  Donkey (this time voiced by Dean Edwards) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) tell the tale of the Boots Motel, a story not completely unlike Psycho, but with some major modifications.

            Finally, it's Shrek's turn.  He tells his friends the tale of The Shreksorcist.  Based loosely on The Exorcist, the tale features Shrek as the babysitter Geppetto (Sean Bishop) hires to handle his possessed son, Pinocchio (Cody Cameron).  This story, by far, is the funniest, with Pinocchio acting out quite a few of the demonic possession traits of Regan in The Exorcist, like the head spinning, the levitating, walking on ceilings, vomiting and talking about the voices in his head...which actually turns out to be a cricket, otherwise known as his conscience. 

            This story has all the humor adults and kids alike have grown to expect from the Shrek franchise and more.  I loved when Gingy became scared and pooped candy, the shower scene enacted by Puss in Boots, and The Shreksorcist story.  The imaginations of the Shrek writers know no bounds as they keep churning out quality animation with unique and enjoyable stories.

            So, if you're looking for an enjoyable animated Halloween tale, check out the latest addition to the genre, Scared Shrekless.  Shrek fans will love the new adventure and non-Shrek fans are bound to get a chuckle or two.  I, myself, couldn't help but laugh out loud at quite a few of the scenes.


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