Prepare for Shrek 5 with an epic movie marathon.
Undoubtedly, the Shrek universe stands out as one of Dreamworks’ most culturally impactful film franchises, making waves in both peculiar and admirable ways. Embraced by audiences, young and old, the fandom spawned from this animated series rivals that of Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Lord of the Rings in its profound impact. From Shrek-themed events to peculiar religious practices, fans have taken their love for this unique character to bizarre—and sometimes unsettling—heights.
Applauded for its endless references to pop culture and classic fairy tales, the fantastical adventure of Shrek resonated deeply with viewers. What makes this premise unique is that this animated feature stars a near-absolute anti-hero—someone many fans claim to relate deeply to. Choosing an ogre, one of mythology’s most creepy and disgusting man-eating creatures, as the main character turned out to be an excellent choice for Dreamworks, especially with the cast of zany characters chosen to accompany him. One of these counterparts is Puss in Boots: a hilariously chaotic character who earned his own spinoff movies thanks to this franchise. With over 20 years of Shrek in existence, the series has evolved with the newest feature, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and there are already confirmations of Shrek 5 taking place in the next few years. Shrek is Love / Shrek is Life.
How to Watch the Shrek Movies in Order
How Many Shrek Movies Are There? The Shrek saga comprises a total of 6 feature-length films, including the 2 Puss in Boots movies. Additionally, there are 9 short films, 3 TV and interactive specials, and a Puss in Boots TV series. Recently announced is the development of Shrek 5, and there are hints of a Donkey spin-off movie in the works.
How Long to Watch Every Movie? Embarking on a Shrek (and Puss in Boots) movie marathon will take approximately 9 hours to view them all. The individual runtimes are as follows: Shrek (90 minutes), Shrek 2 (93 minutes), Shrek the Third (93 minutes), Shrek Forever After (95 minutes), Puss in Boots (90 minutes), and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (102 minutes).
The Shrek Movies in Chronological Order
- Puss in Boots (2011): The first movie starring our furry little friend, Puss in Boots, is the spinoff that cemented the character as a standalone. Joined by his team of compadres, Puss (Antonio Banderas) is on the hunt for the golden eggs of the fairytale character, the Golden Goose, to undo charges and suspicions against him. Framed as a sort of Zorro meets Batman character, Puss—voice-acted stupendously by Banderas—and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) have a wonderful chemistry that entertainingly shadows a Batman and Catwoman dynamic.
- Shrek (2001): The legendary pop-culture phenomenon that started it all, Shrek is a tour-de-force of Dreamworks animation productions that changed the future of Dreamworks animation. Incessantly pestered by numerous fairytale creatures and soldiers of the kingdom, Shrek (Mike Meyers) is sent on a reluctant mission to save Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) so he can finally earn some peace and quiet. Highlighted by spot-on pop-culture references, talented voice performances, and the industry-changing soundtrack, it’s no wonder this franchise has gone on to do so much since its release.
- Shrek 2 (2004): Hailed as a masterfully successful sequel that kept the Shrek spirit alive, Shrek 2 takes zero missteps in the continuation of the Shrek-iverse. Summoned to the kingdom of Far, Far Away by her parents, Fiona and Shrek travel way out of his comfort zone to meet the standards and expectations that come with marrying into royalty. With the ever-successful side character, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) returning again for this film, it was a pleasant surprise to add Puss in Boots into this film initially as an antagonist before swiftly transitioning to yet another member of their quirky troupe.
- Shrek the Third (2007): Ramping up its endless references to pop culture and phenomena, Shrek the Third satisfies the thirst for more Shrek but suffers a bit in narrative cohesion and the heart and soul that it began with. When Shrek learns that he is next in the line of royalty, he searches the kingdom desperately for the only other known member of the royal bloodline, Artie (Justin Timberlake) in order to shirk his responsibility as heir to the throne. Despite losing a bit of overall quality, the action, jokes, and occasional darkness of this movie make for a pleasant viewing experience for any Shrek fan.
- Shrek Forever After (2010): Taking on a noticeable change in tone both in animation and writing, Shrek Forever After does its part to add to the universe but ultimately doesn’t stay true to the original. In a rut of a mid-life crisis and missing his old lifestyle of solitude, Shrek unwittingly makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) that sends him into an alternate, terrifying universe where Rumpelstiltskin rules and chaos reigns. Though the most hardcore fans might disagree, this addition to the franchise simply looks and feels very out of place in the normally tone-consistent series.
- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022): A smashingly successful sequel in the Puss in Boots series, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish takes a giant leap into the future of action animation and storytelling in a fantastic way. After living a life of adventure and reckless abandon and plowing through 8 of his 9 lives, Puss must go on a journey to find the mythical Last Wish: a sought-after gauntlet of personalized trials that will earn the victor a magical wish. Impressively improved animation aside, this movie does a fantastic job writing its narrative and characters, including and especially Wolf (Wagner Moura): a villain that is arguably one of the best animated villains since Scar of The Lion King.
The Shrek Movies by Release Date: If you prefer to watch the Shrek films in the order they were released, here’s the chronological order:
- Shrek (2001)
- Shrek 2 (2004)
- Shrek the Third (2007)
- Shrek Forever After (2010)
- Puss in Boots (2011)
- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)
- Shrek 5 (TBA)
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