Shrek Retold is the reimagining of a classic tale with over 200 collaborators.
They say too many chefs spoil the pot, but that’s more of a culinary reference. When you get more people in on a joke, it gets even funnier. That’s the concept with Shrek Retold, a classic tale reimagined by over 200 people as… well, basically every kind of genre you can think of.
Shrek Retold is more than just a parody spoof; it’s a faithful retelling of every scene, every line from the original Shrek, only now done in over 100 different ways. Some of them are decidedly low-budget--just a dude in a poorly made Shrek costume--while other scenes are incredibly animated to look like a modern Saturday morning cartoon.
The most surprising thing about Shrek Retold is how smoothly all these scenes are edited together. One second might be stop-motion animation, with the next live-action, and after that cell-shaded graphics, with nary a hiccup between each scene. It all flows smoothly together in a sort of Shrek-themed river of madness.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’d be like to have a bad acid trip hosted by Shrek, this movie is it.
Best of all, it’s totally free to watch on YouTube. That’s the kind of dedication these creators have: they’re willing to offer this incredible piece of art free to anyone with an internet connection.
We have the geniuses over at 3GI, a Milwaukee-based comedy group, to thank for organizing (and presumably editing) this masterpiece. They also host Shrek Fest, an annual Shrek convention in Madison, Wisconsin, so you know they’ve got their ogre-chops down pat.
There are so many people involved in making this film that they actually had to post a spreadsheet to keep track of them, even going as far as labeling each scene they worked on. You get the sense this might have even been a production document at one point.
And if you’re a fan of Smash Mouth, then we’ve got good news for you: Shrek Retold also retells both “All Star” and “I’m A Believer” in brand new styles too.
So if you’ve got 90 minutes to spare, we highly recommend getting a bag of microwavable popcorn and spending your evening getting to know Shrek in a totally new way. A new, mildly insane way.