Shrek is the perfect example of an evergreen (pun intended) meme.
From lewd Greentext tales on 4chan to disturbing 3D animations on YouTube to the godlike status ascribed to Smash Mouth's "All Star," the once-humble offering from DreamWorks Animation has become one of the strangest parts of our popular culture. And yet it also inspires some of the most impressive human creativity you've ever seen.
Out of all the things on this planet, Shrek is what unites us as a species. Quite literally, Shrek is indeed love and life. That's why "enlightainment company" 3GI decided to tap over 200 folks to help retell the first movie shot-by-shot in over 200 styles. It's very similar to what Universal did for the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park, but this Shrek Retold project looks a lot more insane, and we mean that in the best way possible.
Watch the trailer now:
As you can see, the fan film ranges from the straightforward to the surreal.
This is like the pinnacle of human achievement, right? Isn't this what Smash Mouth was talking about in "All Star" all along? Only shooting stars break the mold, and Shrek Retold certainly does that. In fact, 3GI is so enamored of the swamp-dwelling ogre that it hosts an annual "Shrekfest," the third one recently held this past Labor Day weekend in Madison, Wisconsin.
Recently, it was announced that the Shrek franchise would be rebooted (after four movies of declining quality) by Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri. Both Illumination and DreamWorks Animation are (like SYFY WIRE) owned by NBCUniversal.