Shrek 2 is the 350th episode of Screen Junkies comedy series Honest Trailers. It was written by Spencer Gilbert, Joe Starr, Danielle Radford and Lon Harris. It was narrated by Jon Bailey as Epic Voice Guy. It parodies the 2004 computer-animated comedy film Shrek 2. It was published on June 16, 2020, as part of Blockbuster Summer, a special run of episodes in which Screen Junkies turned their attention to blockbusters both old and new. It is 4 minutes and 30 seconds long. It has been viewed over 100,000 times.
This summer, we're getting honest about summer blockbusters past and present. This is Honest Trailers: Blockbuster Summer.
From the studio (DreamWorks Animation) founded by Steven Spielberg and the brain genius who brought you Quibi (Jeffrey Katzenberg) comes a film that's aged beautifully as a sequel, with animation that's aged as well as those Taiwanese news recaps.
Taiwanese News Anchor: (in Taiwanese) ...and diving right on in... tiny orange hands fist of course.
(Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin fuse into one being as Wonder Woman blasts and disintegrates them)
Welcome back to what feels like the Internet's favorite franchise -- because the Venn diagram of people with the spare time to make memes and people born in the late 90's is a perfect circle -- and revisit the film that turned a whole generation bi-Shrek-sual, because if the voice of Fat Bastard coming out of a green potato wearing a bra over their shirt wasn't sexy enough, Shrek 2 transforms him into the love child of Gaston and John Goodman, and people can... not... handle it. (shows various tweets proclaiming how handsome Human Shrek is)
Woman 1: You're so tense.
Woman 2: I want to rub his shoulders.
Woman 1: I got it covered, thanks.
Woman 3: I don't have anything to rub.
Human Shrek: Hehe...
Really not looking forward to ten years from now when everyone's horny for Paddington or whatever... (Paddington Bear roars and blinks)
Forget fighting a dragon and saving a kingdom; it's time for the scariest journey Shrek could possibly take: meeting his partner's racist parents...
King Harold: For his type, yes.
Shrek: "My" type?
...as the Shrek you know and love must team up with the donkey he still effing hates...
...on an epic quest to salvage his clearly doomed marriage...
Shrek: Who says I want to be part of this family?
Princess Fiona: Uh, you did! When you married me!
Princess Fiona: Do you think it might be nice if somebody asked me what I wanted?
Shrek: Sure. Do you want me to pack for you?
...in an animated sequel about the small doubts, microaggressions, and resentments that build up over time and slowly turn relationships toxic in the absence of proper communication... but with farts and stuff! (Shrek and Fiona fart in a mud bath; Puss in Boots coughs up a hairball; Shrek sneezes on a mushroom) Hehehe... Gross.
Shrek will need all the help he can get to save the day, so he's bringing along an ass and a puss. Antonio Banderas takes the role of a swashbuckling Latin lover, which is kind of a played-out trope at this point, if you think about-- (Puss in Boots shows off his "cute" face) Aww, so cute! Go ahead and sing "La Vida Loca", you little stereotype, you!
Donkey/Puss in Boots: (singing) Livin' la vida loca!
Together, they'll take on the Fairy Godmother, a brilliant and menacing villain who's more nuanced than the first one, sings a cover song better than the original version...
Fairy Godmother: (singing) I need a hero!
...with a third act that had 90's kids more shook than Avengers: Endgame.
Thanos: I am... inevitable.
And I... am Mongo, the Gingerbread Man.
Mongo: (as he sinks into the river) Beeeeee... gooooood...
(Gingy cries as a white flash occurs)
So enjoy a rare sequel that manages to naturally evolve its characters, expand its universe, and develop the theme of the first film even deeper, with plenty of references that you'll totally get, but some were dated even for 2004... (compares shots of Fairy Godmother lying on a piano with 1989's The Fabulous Baker Boys)
Donkey: Yeah, and there's that bush that's shaped like Shirley Bassey!
...and some jokes were just repeats from other Mike Myers movies...
Shrek: Better out than in, I always say.
...and sometimes, it's more trans-phobic than J. K. Rowling on her third butterbeer.
Fairy Godmother: Some gender-confused wolf...
Bartender in Drag: Who's the guy?
Gingy: It's a thong! (snaps Pinocchio's thong)
But hey, times change, and Shrek 2 can't be expected to predict the future, or they definitely would've cut this part out. (shows the Royal Guard forcing down Horse Donkey and Human Shrek)
Horse Donkey: Why you grabbing me? OW! Police brutality! Police brutality!
Uh, uh, quick! Somebody fart! (Shrek farts) Hehehe... Gross.
Starring: The Shrek is Love Guru (Mike Myers as Shrek); The Literal Princess Diaries (Fiona's diary); Fi-Fy-O-Na (Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona); Sidekick Horseman (Eddie Murphy as Donkey); How You Spay? Ah, Yes... (Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots); Toffrey (Rupert Everett as Prince Charming); I'm Actually Mary Poppins Y'all! (Julie Andrews as Queen Lillian); Mongo Only Pawn in Game of Life (Conrad Vernon as Mongo); I'm a Witch, and I Hover, I'm a Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders as Fairy Godmother); and You're the Man Now Frog! (John Cleese as King Harold).
King Harold: Just the old, uh, crusade wound playing up a bit!
Wait, Fiona's dad fought in a crusade? I get that they have all versions of our pop culture, but our history, too? Who were they fighting, Aladdin?
Viewer's Comments Edit
Say "shrek is love shrek is life" - Sharon Valsaraj
Please say, "Be excellent to each other." - Meme Lord
Please say: "Curse you Perry the Platypus!" - Others
Say: "I'm peeing on the seat! Give me a raise!!!" - Geralt of Rivia
Please say: "Happy anniversary Mom and Dad" - Seth Jillson
Production Credits Edit
Produced by: Spencer Gilbert & Joe Starr
Edited by: Kevin Williamsen
Post-Production Supervisor: Emin Bassavand
Supervising Producer: Max Dionne
Associate Producer: Ryan O'Toole
Executive Producer: Roth Cornet