Shrek Retold
The film's thumbnail on YouTube, featuring the titular character in various mediums
Directed byGrant Duffrin
Based on
Produced by
  • Christopher Carlone
  • Nolan Cooney
  • Justin Silverman
  • Bryan Stickley
  • Lee Terwilliger
Edited byGrant Duffrin
Music by
Peter Vartanian
  • Kevin Gonring
  • Oditharge
  • Ryan Dorin
  • DJ Douggpound
  • Chris Carlone
  • Raymond Allen
  • Damon Scott
  • Helior Colorado
  • Esteban Proaño
  • Marc M
  • Urethra Heap
  • David Liebe Hart
  • Dumb Fidelity
  • Hot Dad
  • Grant Duffrin
  • T.O.S.O.
  • Mowtendoo
  • Morrano
  • Woongi
  • dead dungeon killa snake and slice of life
  • Pigeon
  • Joseph Le Roy
  • Res the 2nd
  • Christopher Carlone
  • Nick Hubler
  • Ben Strohbeen
3GI Industries
Distributed byYouTube
Release date
November 29, 2018
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Shrek Retold is a fan-made reanimated collab film based on the 2001 film Shrek. Released on November 29, 2018 to YouTube, the project was led by YouTuber Grant Duffrin ("3GI", best known for hosting an annual Shrek festival in Milwaukee since 2014[1][2]).

It features the work of over 200 creators, each contributing to a portion of the recreation.


Shrek is an anti-social and highly-territorial ogre who loves the solitude of his swamp. His life is interrupted after the dwarfish Lord Farquaad of Duloc exiles a vast number of fairy-tale creatures, who inadvertently end up in the swamp. Angered by the intrusion, Shrek decides to visit Farquaad and demand they be moved elsewhere. He reluctantly allows the talkative Donkey, who was exiled as well, to tag along and guide him to Duloc.

Meanwhile, Farquaad is presented with the Magic Mirror, which tells him that in order to become a king, he must marry a princess. Farquaad chooses Princess Fiona, who is imprisoned in a tower guarded by a dragon. Unwilling to perform the task himself, he organizes a tournament, in which the winner will receive the "privilege" of rescuing Fiona on his behalf. Shrek and Donkey arrive at Duloc during the tournament. Disgusted by Shrek, Farquaad announces that whoever kills the ogre will be crowned the victor; however, Shrek and Donkey defeat Farquaad's knights with relative ease. An amused Farquaad proclaims them champions and demands that they rescue Fiona. Shrek negotiates to have the fairy-tale creatures relocated if he succeeds, and Farquaad accepts.

Shrek and Donkey travel to the castle and are attacked by the Dragon. Shrek locates Fiona, who is appalled by his lack of romanticism; they flee the castle after rescuing Donkey. When Shrek removes his helmet and reveals he is an ogre, Fiona stubbornly refuses to go to Duloc, demanding Farquaad arrive in person to save her; Shrek carries her against her will. That night, after setting up camp and with Fiona alone in a cave, Shrek confides with Donkey about his frustration with being feared and rejected by others over his appearance. Fiona overhears this and decides to be kind to Shrek. The next day, they encounter Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men; Fiona dispatches them easily with martial arts after they harass the group. Shrek becomes impressed with Fiona, and they begin to fall in love.

When the trio nears Duloc, Fiona takes shelter in a windmill for the evening. Donkey later enters alone and discovers that Fiona has transformed into an ogre. She explains she has been cursed since childhood, forced to transform into an ogre every night, and changing back at sunrise. She tells Donkey that only "true love's kiss" will break the spell and change her to "love's true form". Meanwhile, Shrek is about to confess his feelings to Fiona, when he overhears Fiona referring to herself as an "ugly beast". Believing that Fiona is talking about him, Shrek angrily leaves and returns the next morning with Farquaad. Confused and hurt by Shrek's abrupt hostility, Fiona accepts Farquaad's marriage proposal and requests they be married before nightfall.

Shrek abandons Donkey and returns to his now-vacated swamp. He quickly realizes that despite his privacy, he feels miserable and misses Fiona. Donkey arrives at the swamp and confronts Shrek. During their quarrel, Donkey explains that the "ugly beast" Fiona was referring to was someone else, and urges him to express his feelings for Fiona before she marries. The two reconcile and quickly travel to Duloc by riding Dragon, who Donkey has befriended. Shrek interrupts the wedding just before the ceremony completes and tells Fiona that Farquaad is only marrying her to become king. The sun sets as Fiona transforms into an ogre in front of everyone, causing a surprised Shrek to understand what he overheard.

Outraged and disgusted, Farquaad orders Shrek executed and Fiona detained: The two are saved when Dragon, alongside Donkey, bursts in and devours Farquaad. Shrek and Fiona profess their love and share a kiss. Fiona's curse is broken, although this permanently makes her an ogre against her expectations; Shrek reassures her that he still finds her beautiful. They marry in the swamp with fairy-tale creatures in attendance, then leave for their honeymoon.


As a recreation, Shrek Retold follows the plot of the original film with only some deviations.[3] The main difference between Shrek Retold and the original is in its reinterpretation; as a collaborative effort with over 200 contributors,[4][5][6][7] the art style, voice acting, and music change from scene to scene, often being wildly different from the original.[8][9] Unlike the original Shrek which is entirely 3D animated, Shrek Retold features 2D and 3D animation, live action, stop-motion, and other mediums.[10] The film's contributors include many internet personalities and actors, such as David Liebe Hart,[11] Michael Cusack,[12] Ratboy Genius,[12] Anthony Fantano,[13] and SiIvaGunner.[‡ 1]

Production and release

I have no idea if it's possible to like something ironically. It's like, could you enjoy ice cream ironically? Could you eat ice cream as a joke?

Grant Duffrin, interview with Quartz[14]

Shrek Retold was produced as collaborative, but segmented effort; director Grant Duffrin split the film into different scenes of varying length, and each scene was recreated by a contributor.[8] In an interview with Quartz, Duffrin stated his love of Shrek was genuine, contrary to the "ironic" Shrek internet memes of the time.[14] Shortly prior to release, a trailer for the film was uploaded to the 3GI channel which received significant news coverage.[6][7][9][‡ 1] The film premiered on YouTube to a live audience on November 29, 2018, and has since remained on the site.[15][‡ 2] On November 29, 2019, it was announced that the film would be available for purchase in VHS format and as a free digital download.[‡ 3] In March 2020, Shrek Retold was followed up by Sonic Rebuilt, a similar recreation of the 1999 Sonic the Hedgehog film.[‡ 4]


Shrek Retold was received well by critics, who mainly praised its impressive scope for a fan project and its bizarre content.[5][16][15]


Shrek Retold (Official Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 29, 2018 (2018-11-29)
LabelAutumn Sounds

The soundtrack was released on streaming services and cassette for the film's first anniversary on 29, November 2019. It features covers of songs featured in the original Shrek's soundtrack and additional original songs written specifically for the project.

1."Peter Vartanian Fauxny & Kevin Gonring – All Star"04:18
2."Oditharge (feat. Ray Sipe) – Makin' Waffles"01:40
3."Nolan Cooney – Pina Colada"03:38
4."Ryan Dorin "Ratboy Genius" – Welcome to Duloc"00:34
5."DJ DouggpoundDonkey Look Out"03:03
6."Chris Carlone – I'm on My Way"00:48
7."Larry Inc 64 – Some Moon"01:30
8."Raymond Allen – Shed"01:50
9."Dumb Fidelity & Roughy – Singing Princess"01:34
10."Damon Scott 'Broken Pixels', Helior Colorado & Esteban Proano – Merry Men"00:44
11."Marc M 'Sick Animation' – Shrek Love"01:32
12."Urethra Heap – You Belong to Me"01:58
13."Grant Duffrin – Eleven Months"00:37
14."David Liebe Hart & Dumb Fidelity – Hallelujah"02:18
15."Hot Dad – Believer"04:45
16."Grant Duffrin – Stay Home"05:17
17."TOSO – Best Years of Our Lives"02:59
18."Mowtendoo – Like Wow"01:52
19."Morrano – It Is You (I Have Loved)"03:41
20."Grant Duffrin – Trailer Song"02:24
Total length:47:02

Upcoming Shrek 2 Retold project

Originally, on April 1, 2019, 3GI posted an April Fools video titled Shrek 2 Retold[‡ 5] in which the project director discussed the creation of Shrek Retold. During Shrekfest 2019 it was announced that Shrek 2 Retold was no longer just a joke and is actually happening via an animated announcement trailer.[17] The Shrek 2 Retold Twitter[18] posts public updates about the project. On April 22, 2021, as a celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the original film, 3GI posted an official teaser trailer of Shrek 2 Retold.[‡ 6]

See also


  1. ^ Neilan, Dan (November 19, 2018). "Shrek is getting the deranged, scene-by-scene remake it deserves". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Kooser, Amanda (November 30, 2018). "200 people remade Shrek and now it's totally hallucinogenic". CNET. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  3. ^ LaCerte, Marcie (November 17, 2018). "How I became one of the animators of "Shrek Retold," a crowdsourced remake of "Shrek"". Quartz. Archived from the original on November 18, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  4. ^ Heisler, Yoni (December 1, 2018). "200 'Shrek' fans created a spectacular shot-for-shot remake of the original film". BGR. Archived from the original on April 29, 2020. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Kooser, Amanda (November 30, 2018). "200 people remade Shrek and now it's totally hallucinogenic". CNET. Archived from the original on November 30, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Mufson, Beckett (November 19, 2018). "More Than 200 Artists Remade 'Shrek' Scene-by-Scene and Boy It Looks Weird". Vice. Archived from the original on April 28, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Hernandez, Patricia (November 16, 2018). "Over 200 artists got together to remake Shrek". The Verge. Archived from the original on May 13, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Stokel-Walker, Chris (November 30, 2018). "How a ragtag bunch of Shrek fans remade the film scene by scene". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on September 4, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Neilan, Dan (November 19, 2018). "Shrek is getting the deranged, scene-by-scene remake it deserves". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on December 2, 2018. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Lieu, Johnny (November 19, 2018). "'Shrek Retold' is a bizarre fan-made remake of the classic animated film". Mashable. Archived from the original on February 18, 2020. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  11. ^ Lee, Anna (February 28, 2019). "The problem with David Liebe Hart: Shrek Retold to be screened in Grass Valley". Archived from the original on March 1, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Britton, David (November 19, 2018). "'Shrek Retold' is the fan remake that's going to blow your mind". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on November 15, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  13. ^ Kacperski, Kamil (November 20, 2018). "Zobaczcie zwiastun remake'u "Shreka" przygotowanego przez ponad 200 artystów". (in Polish). Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Quartz (November 9, 2018). "Shrek fandom and its weird, crowdsourced, movie remake". YouTube. Archived from the original on May 18, 2020. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  15. ^ a b Sorto, Gabrielle (November 30, 2018). "'Shrek Retold' is the bizarre fan remake you need to watch". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on December 10, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  16. ^ Fisher, Kieran (December 3, 2018). "'Shrek Retold' and the Magic of Positive Fandom". Film School Rejects. Archived from the original on April 23, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  17. ^ "Crowd Reacts to Shrek 2 Retold Announcement Trailer". YouTube.
  18. ^ "Shrek 2 Retold Twitter". Twitter.

Primary sources

In the text these references are preceded by a double dagger (‡):

  1. ^ a b 3GI (November 15, 2018). "Shrek Retold - Official Trailer". YouTube. Archived from the original on November 21, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  2. ^ 3GI (November 29, 2018). "Shrek Retold". YouTube. Archived from the original on May 29, 2020. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  3. ^ 3GI (November 29, 2019). "Shrek Retold VHS". YouTube. Archived from the original on May 18, 2020. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  4. ^ 3GI (March 6, 2020). "Sonic Rebuilt". YouTube. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  5. ^ Duffrin, Grant. "Shrek 2 Retold (April Fools)". YouTube.
  6. ^ Shrek 2 Retold | Teaser Trailer. YouTube. Archived from the original on December 11, 2021.