A fairy-to-mid­dling tale

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Shrek For­ever Af­ter, an­other an­i­mated ogre flick, rated PG, Re­gal Sta­dium 14, onion

It seems dif­fi­cult to be­lieve now, but Shrek got his start in a won­der­ful lit­tle chil­dren’s book by Wil­liam Steig, first pub­lished in 1990. Once upon a time, the hideous ogre was a charm­ing char­ac­ter in search of a movie. In the 20 years since, he’s slowly trans­formed into a McDon­ald’s cup in search of a re­cy­cling bin. How did this hap­pen?

Chalk it up to di­min­ish­ing re­turns. The first film, Shrek (2001), was a cute fairy tale that helped es­tab­lish DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion as a ma­jor an­i­ma­tion house. Sure, it fea­tured un­even pop-cul­ture gags, rude hu­mor, and mon­tages set to Smash Mouth songs, but it clev­erly tweaked fa­mil­iar fairy-tale char­ac­ters, gen­tly ribbed Dis­ney, and in­ter­spersed gen­uinely funny jokes with mem­o­rable scenes such as the big bat­tle with the dragon.

The sec­ond movie, Shrek 2 (2004), re­flected a slip in qual­ity, but it was res­cued by a big cli­max that was en­ter­tain­ing in that cal­cu­lated, movieas-theme-park way. I didn’t see Shrek the Third

Hey now, you’re an all-star, go away: Shrek (Mike My­ers) and Rumpel­stilt­skin (Walt Dohrn)

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