Shrek : A Grotesque Fairytale Essay

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Shrek: A Grotesque Fairytale
From the first scene in Shrek, released in 2001, one can clearly expect a series of cynicism and crude humor embedded in a fairy tale. Dreamworks reinvents the tradition pattern of fairy tale happy endings by creating the most bizarre creature: Shrek. The hideous character was first introduced in William Steig 's book published in 1990, and according to critics, Steig 's version of Shrek is more confident and upbeat than the pessimistic and cynical version presented in the movie. Shrek is a cliché version of a classical fairy tale prince, who rescues the princess and they live happily ever after. However, the prince in the story is an ogre and the princess is a traditional "pretty" and "white" princess, who becomes an ogre once the sun sets. One can clearly identify that Dreamworks created this burlesque fairy tale, in order to satirize Disney 's traditional and overrated fairy tales.
Even though Shrek is an animated movie and has a PG rating, the audience can easily recognize sexual and satirical lines throughout the movie. According to critic Jaime J. Weinman 's article, "Big Green Money machine," Dreamworks managed to make profit by adding sarcasm and indelicacy to the movie, along with adult humor and entertainment. Most of Disney 's characters cited in Shrek are accompanied by sexualized and burlesque jokes. Those types of jokes are the main reason why Shrek is intended for a mature audience rather than small children. Children,…

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