Australian Council on Children and the Media

Shrek

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What’s it about?

Shrek is a grumpy green ogre who loves his life in the mucky, slimy, swamp. His life gets turned upside down though when his swamp is invaded by three blind mice, Tinkerbell, the three little pigs and many other fairy-tale characters who’ve been banished from their homes in the Kingdom of Dulac by mean Lord Farquart.

Shrek decides to go and have this out with Lord Farquart and takes along Donkey, a loveable and annoying creature. Lord Farquart at first wants to kill Shrek, but they come to a deal that he will allow the fairy-tale characters back into Dulac if Shrek can rescue Princess Fiona from a castle where she’s being held captive. Shrek and Donkey set out on what becomes a dangerous, adventure filled journey.

What to look out for

There’s some violence in this movie such as:

  • Shrek is attacked by a group of humans who are hunting ogres with pitchforks and fire torches.
  • There’s a fight between Shrek and Lord Farquart’s soldiers who are trying to kill Shrek and Donkey.
  • Princess Fiona beats up Robin Hood and his merry men by throwing them, kicking and punching them.

There are also some scary scenes which might frighten younger kids such as:

  • Shrek and Donkey are attacked by a large, fire-breathing dragon who chases them on several occasions. Skeletons of dead soldiers that the dragon has killed are seen.

Moral of the Story

Follow your heart and don’t judge someone on how they look.

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