Scared Shrekless

  • Review Date: October 28, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 21 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Halloween "scary tale" is a real treat for families.
  • Review Date: October 28, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 21 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Shrek and his friends are good-humored and mostly embody positive traits of friendship, loyalty, and reliability. Some potty humor, including a kick to the groin, vomit in the face, and a frightened cookie character pooping sprinkles when he’s scared.

Positive role models

Shrek and Fiona encourage their kids to frighten trick-or-treaters, but it’s all in good fun. Shrek and his friends try to outdo each other with scary stories.

Violence & scariness

It’s a Halloween special, so it’s unavoidable that there are brief scenes that show knives, magic wands, and other items objectified as weapons. Donkey is shown being eaten by an animated waffle, and characters sing that they’ll “chop off your head and then laugh when you’re dead” as one demonstrates using a wooden fish as an ax. Scary content includes disembodied ghostly voices and furniture moving by itself, but this relatively mild stuff might only bother very young kids.

Sexy stuff

One very mild instance of innuendo as Fiona hints at intimacy with Shrek, but it will go over most kids’ heads.

Language

One instance of "stupid," plus the title plays on an expression that normally includes a swear word.

Consumerism

This holiday special is part of an extensive media franchise that includes full-length movies, specials, toys, books, games, and other accessories.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that for kids who are familiar with Shrek and his pals, there’s nothing in the content of this very funny Halloween special that will surprise them. Mild peril includes some inferences of a ghostly presence as well as some brief instances of knives or magic wands brandished as weapons, and in one scene, characters sing about chopping off heads and then laughing about it. Expect a fair amount of the trademark potty humor (vomiting, pooping, and the like) that Shrek is famous for, as well as one very subtle bit of sexual innuendo. Of course there’s also the major marketing tie-in as well, since Shrek’s face graces everything from lunch boxes to loungewear, but more than anything, families should prepare to laugh at this treat of a Halloween special.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

It’s the ogre tots’ first Halloween, and while they’re out spooking trick-or-treaters, the fairytale characters are setting up camp in Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Fiona’s (Cameron Diaz) house to scare them. When their surprise doesn’t have the effect they hoped for, Shrek challenges Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Puss (Antonio Banderas), Gingy (Conrad Vernon), and the others to a scary tales contest at Lord Farquaad’s creepy abandoned castle. As they swap terrifying tall tales and keep an eye out for Farquaad’s ghost, it’s a battle of nerves until just one winner remains.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Four full-length movies and two holiday specials later, these ogres prove that they’re anything but rough around the edges. Shrek and Fiona are as imperfectly lovable as ever, and their hodge-podge of faithful friends can still dish out the laughs with the best of them. Longtime fans won’t be disappointed in this festive tale, which revisits Donkey and Puss’s contentious relationship, gives the Duloc singers the stage once more, and chronicles Gingy’s attempts to create the perfect mate.

No one familiar with Shrek will be surprised that SCARED SHREKLESS has its fair share of potty humor (vomiting, a kick to the groin, and Gingy poops sprinkles in a moment of fear), and the Halloween theme and spooky setting calls for ghostly voices and some very mild peril. But fear not; none of this makes it off-limits for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about media marketing. Why do advertisers use the images of characters like Shrek on products like candy, clothing, and accessories? What kinds of things have you seen characters’ pictures on? Does seeing their picture make you want the item more? Why or why not?

  • Do you think the Shrek stories should continue? Have you enjoyed the later movies as much as you did the first couple? How do they keep the stories fresh and funny? How do new characters help the movies succeed?

  • Is Shrek a good role model? What are some of his best qualities? Is there anything about him that you wouldn’t want to imitate? Can Shrek be considered a hero in any way? How does he show that he’s a good person? A good friend? 

Movie details

DVD release date:September 13, 2011
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
Directors:Gary Trousdale, Raman Hui
Studio:DreamWorks Animation
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Fairy tales, Friendship
Run time:21 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 3 and 14 year old Written byLuvNGreenKoolAde2 January 25, 2011
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3
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Lots of Laughs for any age!!

My 3 yr old laughed so hard....it sounded like it came all the from his toes
Parent of a 1, 4, and 9 year old Written byJetmom October 30, 2010
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12
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This is one of those cartoons that is really for adults. It spoofs adult movies. It portrays a smothering girlfriend as scary-- not a message I want to send to my boys. It spoofs The Exorcist, which is not funny if you understand what it is portraying. Yes, most went over my preschooler's head but I was uncomfortable watching with my 9 yr old! It wasn't even funny for the kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old October 29, 2010
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7
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Awesome!

It's really funny. My Mom and dad liked how it was based on some scary movies you never want to see. It was also a bit scary to. Like in gingeys story ( like the bride of chucky my sister said) the bride cookie got thown into a mixing bowl and then it made a whole bunch of bride cookies and they got gingey. But then shrek and his friends found out he was not telling the truth.Then in puss and donkeys story the were staying at the motel ,that one was a bit scary. Then there was this other one were shrek was the babysitter and pinnocho throwed up on him. Then shrek scared donkey ( with help from fiona and the kids). It ended with them egging the sevan dwarfs. Over all I really liked it, all kids over seven will not get scared. The first story was a bit disturbing though, It was not scary to give anybody nightmares i think. It was so funny when they were at the information booth ( as seen in the first one) and they were singing a scary song. It was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence

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