Shrek 2: an Animated Movie Review

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I recently watched the sequel to Shrek the other day for the first time called Shrek 2. This movie is about how Shrek saved Princess Fiona from the Dragon’s Castle and then they go off and end up marrying each other. Which bring us to where Fiona’s parents, the King and Queen of Far, Far Away, set up a wedding celebration because they heard the news about the marriage, but they think Fiona is married to Prince Charming. Fiona’s parents end up finding out that she married an Ogre when the married couple first show up the castle for the celebration of their marriage. Then the King goes on during the movie of how to get rid of Shrek from Fiona. What happens then is that Shrek changes himself into a human for Fiona to take back their love, but Fiona wants to stay like an Ogre because she wants to live the carefree life. This movie has a good story behind it with themes of love and forgiveness, but there were many jokes throughout the movie that were inappropriate for the audience of PG viewers: meaning young children. Throughout the movie, Dreamworks made jokes about sexuality, drugs, and the use of vulgar language just is not appropriate for young children.

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Shrek 2 many has scenes and characters that express sexuality. For insists, when we first meet the Fox he is cross dressing in a dress as representing to be the grandmother of Little Red Riding Hood. Also there were scenes where the animals were messing with Pinocchio as of picking on him as if was a special needs kid. Then the animals were trying making him say a lie to help out, but ends up saying something being true that he was wearing girl’s underwear, which is not right for a boy or man to wear. Besides the Fox and Pinocchio wearing girl’s clothes there was many more sexual instances in the movie. There were a lot of examples at the beginning of the movie during the honeymoon, such as Shrek and Fiona kissing and being naked in the mud pit (representing to be a hot tub). In addition from that, there were many females throughout the movie showing cleavage and making perverted comments. An example of this is during the transformation of Shrek to a normal human being. The females were then throw themselves at Shrek because of his handsomeness, which is not setting a good example for young girls. The last thing that is related to sexual and appearance is that everyone should be accepted even though they are an Ogre or not. This is expressed when Shrek and Fiona first show up to the Castle and all the people all turn silent because of the what is on the outside, instead of what is on in the inside. These were not setting good examples for children when they grow up to judge.

During the movie they make many references to using drugs and theft. There are many times during the movie where the characters are drinking alcoholic beverages. Also a situation where it’s a Cops chase. Puss-N-Boots is riding on a white Bronco, making a reference to O.J. Simpson’s chase, but besides that the cops end up catching Puss-N-Boots and busting him for having catnip, which represented marijuana. Before that scene of getting caught by the cops, Shrek and his partners Donkey and Puss-n-Boots steal a potion from the Fairy God Mother to help change Shrek into a human being. From that it is an image of stealing which is giving young children the idea that is it good. From that, even though Shrek uses the potion, it is not the right to use potions because it gives the idea of taking something can change a person, which gives young children the wrong idea. All the drug and stealing references are always bad in kid movies because sooner they learn about them, the sooner they start to experiment with them and try to steal things.

Throughout the movie, the creators try to appeal to the parents too in this movie, which is their problem. They used vulgar language throughout the movie. Using vulgar language in this movie is bad for children to pick up on at an early. An example of this instead of giving the cat a different name, they gave him the name Puss-n-Boats which is not appropriate if you pick up on the sexual reference. Another example is when they ladies see the transformation of Shrek and throw themselves at him to get with. This movie would have been just as good if they didn’t use the vulgar language so often in this movie.

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In conclusion, this movie is good for ages around 10+ because of all of the jokes referenced throughout the movie. Shrek 2 is produced by Dreamworks which gives me the chance to compare it to Disney movies. With Disney movies, they don’t add in vulgar language and inappropriate jokes throughout movie. Disney stick to their theme for the movie, but don’t throw in so many fillers just to appear great. They do have jokes throughout the movie but don’t have anything bad related with them. This is why many parents agree upon for their children to watch Disney movies rather than other producers like Dreamworks.

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