I’m not usually one for sequels at box office; too often I think Hollywood takes a perfectly good story and mangles it beyond recognition, thoroughly ruining the whole thing. (Heck, if it’s bad enough, I won’t even bother with the first movie again, even if I’d liked it before, because I’m so annoyed.)
That said, I think you’ll understand why it’s a big deal for me to admit this: I liked Shrek 2 even better than Shrek. It’s true! And this is how I became a sucker for all things Shrek. It helps that my kids really like both movies, too. It allows me to pretend that I’m far too mature and worldly to enjoy such things, but I’m doing it for them, you see.
And so here at my house we’re counting down until the May 18th opening of Shrek the Third. What could be better than even more of the wacky characters we’ve come to love? Already we’ve seen Puss in Boots making sad kitty eyes in the movie trailer (that never fails to draw hysterical laughter from both kids). Clearly we’re in for another treat when this one hits the theaters.
We may have to wait until next month for the movie, but my inner geek turned several cartwheels when I stumbled across these Shrek the Third Fun Facts to keep me busy.
A mere sampling:
A total of 28 babies were born to artists during the making of Shrek the Third.
That’s either a whole lot of artists or there’s something in the water over at that studio.
Early in production, the filmmakers considered making Cinderella a complete slob (due to her perpetually having to clean up during adolescence) and Sleeping Beauty completely caffeinated and constantly awake (you can guess why). Eventually, they decided to go in different directions, with a Cinderella obsessed with cleaning and a Sleeping Beauty with a slight case of narcolepsy.
Paging Dr. Freud….
In the scene where Donkey pulls the covers off Shrek’s legs, the ogre’s leg hair had to be trimmed back from the original. They were just too gross and hairy, even for an ogre.
Too gross and hairy for an ogre? How, exactly, are these things determined?
For the shot where the princesses light a bra on fire, the effects team actually brought a few bras to the studio and ignited them outside their building (just for reference, understand).
How do I get a job with these people? Hey, DreamWorks! Call me!
Go read the rest. It’ll have you counting down the days on your calendar. Or—if not—I’ll have to make sad kitty eyes at you.