Hidden Meaning in SHREK – Earthling Cinema


This video was brought to you by Squarespace, helping you make beautiful websites quickly and easily. Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is “Shrek”, the very first
winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar, even though the animation is creepy as hell. Oh God. The film takes place in one of Earth’s fairy-tale kingdoms, like Never-Never Land or Scandinavia. Our protagonist is former Batman villain Max Shrek, a big green ogre who lives alone in a spacious one bedroom loft. But when a bunch of squatters are forced onto
his land by royal decree, Shrek ain’t havin’ none o’ that, not no how! Shrek goes to appeal to Lord Facebook and
uses an extremely talkative GPS to get to Silicon Valley. Lord Facebook agrees to give Shrek his land back on the condition that Shrek rescue some princess for him to force into his outdated
conception of patriarchy. So Shrek and Donkey meander on over to the
nearby volcano castle and rescue Princess Fiona from a dragon who’s all about that vape life. Fiona thinks Shrek is a prince because a small portion of his face is obscured by a helmet that he put on for basically no reason, but then he takes it off, and she gets bummed that he’s an uggo. Kind of like the pot calling the kettle hypocritical, don’t you think? [Screeching music] No! Also, she doesn’t even try to contact her
family once she’s free. Who’s the ogre now? Soon, Shrek and Fiona warm up to each other — “Ow” — even experimenting with a little butt play. [Shrek groans] But then Donkey finds out Fiona has been cursed
to turn into an ogre every night. Still better than finding out she’s an ogre
the next morning, am I right, fellas? [Laughs maniacally] [Sighs] Fiona and Shrek get in a big fight based on
a simple misunderstanding — “Who could ever love a beast so hideous and ugly?” — that would be cleared up in five seconds if either one of them stopped
talking so vaguely. “Well, I thought you’d understand.” ” Oh I understand!” — and Shrek delivers Fiona to Lord Facebook. Donkey waits until Shrek is wee wee wee wee
all the way home before finally getting around to telling him he misunderstood
the misunderstanding. “She wasn’t talking about you.” So they how to train their dragon back to
Facebook HQ, toot sweet. They don’t do an all out ripoff of “The Graduate”,
since Mike Myers has done that already, but Shrek does stop the wedding. “You can’t marry him!” Fiona transforms, and the disgusted Lord Facebook
tries to put on his ad blocker — “Get that out of my sight” — so the dragon enables cookies. Shrek and Fiona kiss, which breaks the curse. Mmm, breaks it all night long… Only she’s a ogre now instead of a hot girl. “I don’t understand” They do humanity’s most popular and timeless
dance, the Macarena, before ending the film on a somber note: a tribute to Eric Garner
and other victims of police violence. “Oh, oh , oh” “Can’t breath, I can’t breath.” “Shrek” undermines the idealistic perfection
that pervades traditional fairy tale stories, in particular, Disney’s superficial and overly sentimental
offerings — may our Disney overlords forgive and protect me. Throughout the story, the film takes potshots
at several of the beloved characters associated with classic Disney IP. [High pitched screaming] Robert Hood and his merry men are depicted
as a bunch of creepy Frenchmen who kidnap young girls and probably smell like cheese. Cinderella is presented as a mentally abused
shut-in — “Bachelorette Number One is a mentally abused shut-in from a kingdom far, far away,” — and Shrek dismisses Snow White as just another piece of clutter. “Dead broad off the table!” Though to be fair, I have the same rule about
my kitchen table. The film’s anti-Disney agenda is most evident
in its central characters, by which I mean the characters in the center of the screen. Shrek’s first action is literally wiping his
ass with a page from a book of fairy tales, and his second action does not appear to be washing his hands. He brushes his teeth with slime and farts like no one’s watching, the opposite of the glamorous entrance usually awarded to more clenched-up Disney heroes. Fiona eventually comes to her senses, but initially she behaves like a stereotypical Disney princess. “You were expecting prince charming?” “Yes, actually.” She expects to be swept off her Sketchers
in the storybook manner, with acts of chivalry and grand, dramatic gestures. “Recite an epic poem for me!” However, the character who espouses these characteristics is the most odious character in the film and also has the lamest haircut. “Will you be the perfect bride for the perfect groom?” The film’s numerous attacks on the Disney
aesthetic were purported to be the result of a feud between Disney CEO Michael Eisner, and his former whipping boy, Jeffrey “J Money” Katzenberg. Under Eisner, Katzenberg ran Disney’s movie
and television division for a decade and was responsible for revitalizing Disney’s
stale animated film catalog with hits such as “The Little Fish Lady”, “Interracial Couple”,
and “The Genie Saves Hanukkah”. Despite Katzenberg’s efforts, Disney refused
to promote him, so Katzenberg left to start Dreamworks out of pure spite. Some believe that Katzenberg based the Lord
Facebook character on Eisner, while I maintain that Eisner was based on him. Either way, Lord Facebook’s kingdom is a dead ringer for Disneyland, complete with employees in ridiculous costumes and puppets singing incessantly about what a small and pitiful world Earth is. Katzenberg and his new friends at Dreamworks
criticize the idea that the beautiful are destined for greater rewards than “normal,”
less valuable people. Typically, at the end of a fairy tale, the lovely princess and handsome hero live “happily ever after.” “Shrek” rejects this narrative by making both
of its heroes ugly, thereby suggesting that their marriage will be rocky,
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