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Friday, May 21, 2010

Hollywood Product: Shrek Forever After

click to enlarge WISH HE MAY: Shrek (Mike Myers, right) makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn), now the King of Far Far Away.
  • WISH HE MAY: Shrek (Mike Myers, right) makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn), now the King of Far Far Away.

GENRE: CGI storybook spoof

THE PITCH: Overwhelmed by the pressures of celebrity and raising triplet ogre babies, Shrek (Mike Myers) strikes a bargain with Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dorhn) for one day as an unencumbered single ogre. The It’s a Wonderful Life-style contract imagines a world in which Shrek was never born and is a stranger to his wife Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and his friend Donkey (Eddie Murphy).

MONEY SHOTS: Shrek terrorizing townsfolk to the Carpenters “Top of the World.” An attack from flying witches, throwing pumpkin bombs like the Green Goblin. The alternate Gingerbread man fighting animal crackers gladiator-style in a tiny arena. The sinister Pied Piper glides into a room on the back of rats. Shrek and Fiona team up to fight a fire-breathing foe from the first film.

CREATIVE VOICE CASTING: Members of the ogre resistance include Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch and “The Office’s” Craig Robinson. Witch voices draw from Kathy Griffin, Mary Kay Place and “Flight of the Conchords’” Kristen Schaal. Rumpelstiltskin is voiced by writer/animator Dorhn, who sounds like a bullying runt without being particularly memorable.

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