Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film partially based on William Steig’s 1990 children’s picture book of the same name. The film’s success helped DreamWorks Animation establish itself as a competitor to Pixar in feature film computer animation. Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After were released as well as two spin-off films Puss in Boots and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and other Shrek productions and it is also widely considered to be one of the most influential animated films of the 2000s.
The directors of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Joel Crawford, and Januel Mercado assert that Shrek is still alive in the timeline of the story. Polygon had previously proposed that the much-loved green ogre actually passed away before the latest movie in order to better drive home the movie’s message about mortality. However, the outlet recently claimed that the two DreamWorks Animation representatives dispute Shrek’s death.
“We did not kill him,” Crawford claimed and stifled a laugh after the outlet asked him about the fate of the ogre in the new movie.
It’s possible that Crawford and Mercado didn’t murder Shrek and it’s also likely that they didn’t kill Fiona, Donkey, or any of the other characters from the series but they do want to stress that time has passed since Shrek Forever After in the Far, Far Away universe. They thought that it was crucial to keep the movie relevant that Puss has been around for about ten years or roughly nine lifetimes.
“There’s a lot of nostalgia for Shrek, for Puss in Boots,” explains Crawford. “And audiences have grown up. We wanted the movie to grow up with them. You feel like you know that character, but there’s a history that happened when you’re meeting this character again. All of the characters feel like they’ve continued living. The world of Shrek has continued.”
It is somewhat similar to how the creators of the original Shrek series handled each sequel. Director of Shrek 2 Conrad Vernon previously revealed to the outlet that the crew thought about the next step for every plot point that appeared to be settled in Shrek. With The Last Wish, Crawford and Mercado meticulously examined what would have happened in the roughly 10 in-world years that had passed since the release of the most recent Shrek film in 2010.
The result was a larger-than-life rockstar Puss in Boots one with a fear of death. The filmmakers were eager to broaden the experience of what people anticipated from a Shrek movie because an older audience meant being able to delve into more mature plots.
In fact, they don’t even need to kill Shrek in order to create a movie about death. According to the directors, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’s key lesson is not that life eventually comes to an end but rather that it is a wonderful and beautiful thing and you can’t have that beauty and wonder if Shrek is dead. Keep an eye on Thirsty for the most latest updates.
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