Shrek was a major animated film, released over a decade ago (14 years to be exact) it still is a fairly entertaining film to watch, what it did however, made it so much more than that. Kids today might find it a bit hard to believe, but back then if you weren't a Disney animated film you were guaranteed to fail, even if you succeeded you were not guaranteed to be remembered after that, Shrek changed that. In 2001, Shrek became a massive success, not just financially but critically as well, eventually becoming the winner of the first ever Best Animated Feature award at the Oscars, clearly leaving its mark in history. Many will agree that everything Shrek had accomplished that year was important in the world of animation, even if you didn't think it was great, or that it even deserved the award (I'll admit to preferring Monster's Inc.) Shrek's win definitely inspired more studios to take risks and challenge Disney in the animation field. Without Shrek, animation would most likely not be the same today, let alone coming from multiple studios, yet that is not the legacy we see today.
|Shrek now seems a bit derpy these days|
|The film that killed it|
Shrek the Third is awful, really awful, the problems built up since the sequel (mainly the pop-culture gags) come in full force, it's so bad that its mark on the series may be whats created the new legacy for the character and the original film. Almost no passion went into this, it was just a big dollar sign for the studios, no one really liked it all that much and despite what Dreamworks has said, I wouldn't be surprised if the studio deciding to kill the franchise after its fourth installment(originally a fifth was in the works) was a result of the awfulness of this one. Shrek the Third was an abomination so bad that the fourth film, Shrek Forever After, had the smallest domestic gross in the series (just to be clear I'm not counting the spin-off here) despite it being the best of the sequels, yes, Shrek Forever After was actually good, dropping much of the weaknesses that had developed and adding heart to the film made it the best sequel, but by that point we had been burned so bad that most people chose not to watch it, or criticize it likely using leftover anger from Shrek the Third. Most bad things fade away after years go by, slowly being forgotten, which results in the good shining through, but due to the changing world, largely because of the internet, I'd say most people (kids growing up), decided to take the ironic path. Shrek the Third was so bad that the stench was left on the franchise as a whole, the large amount of tie-in merchandise that the first movie mocked Disney for, did not help. Kids growing up who loved the series probably realized how bad everyone thought the third installment was, add to that how much everyone decided to lump the franchise as a whole when badmouthing that movie resulted in many deciding to ironically love it, love it because it was stupid, or bad or whatever, despite the importance of the first film, the legacy of Shrek is that he's the face of a mass marketed mess that is as ugly as its lead. I hope a decade from now Shrek reclaims the legacy it deserved, not the one Shrek the Third or the merchandise left it with.
|Things seemed so bright at first|
Today, when people think Shrek, they think not of the movie, not of the importance, but a joke, he is love, he is life(not linking to that), he fits alongside trash like Bee Movie, Johnny Test, and some crap from the Disney Channel. People show some respect, sure he might've gotten rotten, but that first movie is still great, RoboCop, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, even The Matrix are all remembered as masterpieces even though they each have trash (some worse than Shrek the Third) attached to them. Let the legacy of Shrek be a great one and not that of a joke, I love a good meme, but that kind of legacy is just tragic and sad. Shrek is a film that deserves a legacy worth honoring.
Written By Octaviano Macias