SHREK FOREVER AFTER
Release Date: May 21, 2010
Genre: Animated Comedy/Fantasy
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: DreamWorks Animation/Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Mike Mitchell
Producer: Gina Shay and Teresa Cheng
Writer: Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke
Address Comments To:Sumner Redstone, Chairman/CEO, Viacom
Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO
John Lesher, President
Paramount Film Group
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000
The story of the fourth SHREK movie opens by revealing that the parents of Shrek’s beloved wife, Fiona, were just about to sign over their kingdom to the evil gnome Rumpelstiltskin when news about Shrek saving Fiona reaches them. Years later, Rumpelstiltskin and his pet duck are living on garbage while Shrek and Fiona enjoy ruling the kingdom of Far Far Away.
There’s trouble in the kingdom, however. Shrek is getting tired of the family routine, including helping Fiona take care of their three babies and everyone dropping in at their house causing chaos and saying and doing the same things.
At the first birthday party for the babies, Shrek can’t take it anymore. After smashing the birthday cake, he storms out of the place. By wicked design, Rumpelstiltskin shows up and entices Shrek to share a rat and a drink with him. He offers to magically give Shrek one of his childhood days back, so that Shrek can behave like an ogre again for a day.
Little does Shrek know that the day Rumpel picks is the day of Shrek’s birth. In effect, it’s almost as if Shrek was never even born, meaning that, ala George Bailey and his wife in Frank Capra’s masterpiece IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Shrek was never there to rescue Fiona. That gives Rumpel the chance he’s wanted to take the kingdom away from Fiona’s parents. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted alternate reality where ogres are hunted, Rumpel is king, and no one recognizes Shrek, not even his wife or his best friend, Donkey.
This sets the stage for Shrek to put things right, restore the world and reclaim his one True Love.
SHREK FOREVER AFTER is terrific, hilarious, exciting fun for the whole family. It’s the most heart-stirring, emotionally engaging SHREK movie yet. And, it’s got the best family values. Not only does Shrek learn the importance of marriage, family and the bonds between parents and children, he also learns the meaning of sacrifice. When Fiona tells Shrek that he saved her, Shrek replies, “No, it’s you who saved me.”
SHREK FOREVER AFTER even has a message that rejects sorcery and witchcraft. The villain, Rumpelstiltskin, is an evil, deceitful sorcerer surrounded by wicked witches. He and the witches enjoy ruling the kingdom and lording it over the citizens, including the human ones. They also hunt down the ogres whenever they can.
SHREK FOREVER AFTER is great family fun that reflects the Christian, biblical principle of marriage that the Bible establishes in Genesis 2:24: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Jesus Christ affirms this definition of marriage in Matthew 19:3-12, adding, “What God has joined together, let man not tear asunder.” The movie perfectly captures this divine sentiment in a very entertaining, heartfelt way. It provides a wonderful conclusion to this groundbreaking animated series. The decision to use the story motif of the beloved family movie IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is a brilliant stroke of genius.
SHREK FOREVER AFTER is terrific, hilarious, exciting fun for the whole family. It’s the most heart-stirring, emotionally engaging SHREK movie. Also, it’s got the best family values. Not only does Shrek learn the importance of marriage, family and the bonds between parents and children, he also learns the meaning of sacrifice. SHREK FOREVER AFTER is great family fun that reflects the biblical principle of marriage that God established in Genesis 2:24 and that Jesus affirms in Matthew 19. The movie perfectly captures such divine sentiments in a very entertaining, heartfelt way. It provides a wonderful conclusion to this groundbreaking animated series.