If you’re unfamiliar with the delightfully weird piece of work that is Shrek Retold, then allow me to enlighten you. Shrek Retold is a complete remake of the 2001 DreamWorks movie Shrek, about an ogre named Shrek who seeks to reclaim the land he lives on from exiled fairy-tale creatures squatting on his property by rescuing Princess Fiona with the help of Donkey, whom Shrek reluctantly tolerates as a friend. Retold hits nearly all of the same beats as the original film, often directly copying shots and mimicking the dialogue word for word, but the key difference here is in the presentation.
The entire film is constantly switching up styles, tones, actors, and often lines and events from the film between nearly every scene and shot, as over 200 different people contributed to different sections of the film. Animators of all styles galore, actors both good and bad (mostly bad, but still funny), and even the classic licensed soundtrack of the original Shrek is covered and remixed in a variety of unique and special ways to make it all into a bizarre and comedic sensory experience. The entire movie was uploaded to YouTube for free by its creator 3GI Industries, but for those who want to own a collector’s edition of the movie, both a standalone release and a collector’s edition have just been made available for pre-order on VHS. The standard edition comes with the entire film on a VHS tape as promised, along with a digital download of the film with director’s commentary and deleted scenes, while the “Ogre-Sized Boxset” edition comes with the film on VHS, the soundtrack on cassette tape, and a poster signed by the director Grant Duffrin, as well as the download of the film.
Shrek Retold is available to watch for free on YouTube right now, and you can pre-order the VHS on the 3GI website. You can watch a trailer for the film down below:
Greyson Ditzler is a freelance writer, aspiring author, and YouTuber. He loves games of all kinds and is always looking for something new and interesting to try. When he isn’t writing you can likely find him speedrunning Donut County or trying to convince his friends that Danganronpa is actually really cool. He can also beat the first world in Super Meat Boy without dying while wearing oven mitts.