Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2021: Shrek (2001) by Starry Traveler’s Road

Next up for the Ultimate Decades Blogathon is from my (now in hiatus) Battle of Ingredients co-host, Phoebe from Starry Traveler’s Road. While Starry Traveler’s Road is posting far and few the last few months, you can go check out her DIY crafts, gardening and other projects and thoughts. Being a regular of the blogathon, Phoebe brings us a review of 2001 family animated film, Shrek.

Starry Traveler and family review: Shrek (2001)

Big thanks to my Battle of Ingredients co-host Kim and Drew of Drew’s Movies Review for hosting this Ultimate Decades Blogathon! It has definitely been a nice distraction from COVID-19’s brouhaha and caregiving tasks to spend some time trying to watch a movie as a family.

Why did I say, “trying to watch a movie”? The story behind it is, we tried to watch Shrek over dinner, but Bun Bun freaked out and asked me to stop because she finds some scenes scary even if there were some parts in the introduction that she laughed her head off like potty humor. I went on to finish the movie on my own that night only to ask Bun Bun the next day if she wants to try and finish it again while I prepare dinner and dad can watch with her (my husband successfully calmed her down when we watched Frozen 2 for last year’s movie review). They did finish it but Miss Bun Bun did not want to discuss it on numerous days so my conclusion is that I will do future movie reviews alone or with my husband unless Bun Bun volunteers to watch it with us.

Before I go into the movie review, I must be honest and say that I am extremely puzzled by Miss Bun Bun’s avoidance of kids’ movies. She told us that many movies are scary or too sad (she cried buckets when we watched Tigger Movie during first lockdown but she was fine with Zootopia on a flight a few years back). As a concerned mom, I ultimately decided to look up the phenomena only to find out there are other kids like her who find some TV shows or kids movie scary. (https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/is-your-child-afraid-of-kids-movies/) For parents with sensitive kids like Bun Bun, sounds like family movie nights with popcorn are not part of quality family time.

Without further ado, here is a summary of Shrek from IMDB:

A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Writers: William Steig (based upon the book by), Ted Elliott | 6 more credits »

Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz | See full cast & crew »

To be honest, I did not really like Shrek when it first came out. The fact that it was a dysfunctional fairy tale while containing a bad sense of humor did not really appeal to me. Also, I found donkey utterly annoying in capital letters. Fast forward ten years for 2021, I still did not like it except for some of its messages like not judging people by their looks. I did learn to appreciate the strong female lead that I found in Princess Fiona. Her internal struggles about her terrible secret make her very relatable. Her fighting scene with Robin Hood and his Merry Men to defend Shrek was wonderful.

There might be some bad words that are not so good for younger kids (especially those in copycat phase) but I do use some of them when I am extremely angry, so it is not as if Bun Bun has not heard them before. Therefore, I let this category slide a bit.

Music is so-so if I must compare. The only one that stood out was the Hallelujah with some modified lyrics as it went well with the emotional scenes. I am maybe biased as well since I performed it with my choir group in my graduating year.

Graphics are ok for that time period after double checking movies from 2000s as I did not watch that many movies during that time period.

To end, this is my husband’s review for Shrek:

I found it clever in that it inverted a lot of the usual fairy-tale tropes. All the typical expectations were subverted. However, I still do not get why Shrek mysteriously decides to pick up random bits of knights’ helmets and put them on while looking for the princess nor how she fails to notice that Shrek has green skin. Regardless, the movie was funny and decent overall. It probably takes a good amount of knowledge about other fairy tales and nursery rhymes as there are many cameos. I would not necessarily expect young children to have known even most of them. I would consider this an above average movie.

Thank you for reading my little family’s movie review. I definitely hope all of you stay healthy and safe in this difficult period!

A huge thanks to Phoebe and her family for offering up this review!

To see the full list of entries of this blogathon, you can see HERE.

Dreamworks Holiday Classics (2011)

Its Friday and well, yesterday, my attention span was a bit short so I decided to watch the Dreamworks Holiday Classics with includes 4 short-ish animated flicks. I’m trying to keep a touch of Christmas everyday even if its not in the form of reviews and its crazy.  I’m happy that weekend is around the corner so I can plan this out a tad better. Dreamworks really are maximizing on the Shrek and Madagascar franchise. Anyways, lets check it out!

dreamworks holiday classics cover

1) Merry Madagascar

First feature is a Christmas feature based on Madasgascar. This one is about 50 minutes long and is the longest one out of the four, I believe.  The idea is that Santa has an accident and gets amnesia while in Madasgascar.  However, the four want to help him out to give out the gifts and use it as a way to get back home to New York.

merry madagascar

Honestly, I really loved the first Madagascar and then I can’t remember much of the last few.  How many are they at anyways? 3? Either way, I fell asleep watching the 3rd one last year on the plane if thats the last one.  I had zero expectations out of this one but hey, I had fun with it.  I thought it was a pretty good Christmas movie.  Its a nice family fun flick. It has some nice messages attached to it as as well.

2) Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury

Who doesn’t love How to Train a Dragon? I actually bought this last year, this Christmas feature I mean.  Of course, in Berk its called Snoggletog for the winter holiday instead of Christmas. We still have the mega cute Toothless and the very awesome Hiccup, plus the whole crew from the main feature that its based on.  This is a second viewing and I’m telling you, I think this franchise is great.  I loved it once more.  You can check out my review of it for last year’s Christmas marathon right HERE!


3) Donkey’s Christmas Shrekatacular

Our 3rd feature is very short, maybe 10-15 minutes I guess.  I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to this one since I’m not a huge Shrek fan. I liked the first one but never watched it again.  This one is full of Christmas carols, like two, Shrekified (if thats a word).

4) Madagascar Penguins in A Christmas Caper

The last one is also based on Madagascar, but most specifically the very evil and slightly crazy penguins.  In this one, they are still at the zoo and one of them escape to try to find something to make the lonely polar bear happy on Christmas.  However, the penguin gets caught and his buddies launch a plan to try to help him escape.

a xmas caper

The penguins are pretty hilarious to watch.  They do have a nice over the top entertainment value and I think I appreciate it about this.  Its a simple and cute one.  I really don’t have much else to say about it.

Overall, Gift of the Night Fury is the best one but the Madagascar’s are pretty fun to watch as well.  Its a pretty good time.  I’d say that Dreamworks has some decent franchises, especially with How to Train the Dragon.  I seriously can’t wait for the sequel 🙂

What do you think about these Dreamworks franchises? Whats your fave?