Looking for some funny fairytale movies similar to those in the Shrek series to help you deal with the final chapter in ‘Shrek Forever After’? On this list you’ll find a variety of funny fairytale movies similar to the Shrek films to help you cope with Far Far Away withdrawal once the series is over. From unlikely love stories to fractured fairytales, the movies on this list may not star a loveable ogre, but Shrek’s kind still may exist in these magical alternate fairytale universes:
This is one of the best movies like those in the Shrek series for kids of all ages. The story is a far cry from that of ‘Shrek Forever After’ and the other Shrek movies in that there are no princesses or love stories, but kids should really love this twisted take on the ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ story. The Big Bad Wolf is transformed into an investigative journalist; Granny is a master chef/extreme sports star; and the Woodsman is a wannabe actor. There’s plenty of intrigue and treachery as Red attempts to discover who the Goody Bandit is in order to protect her Granny’s prized recipe book, and plenty of extreme action in the way of avalanches and explosives. The storyline is an interesting mashup of movies like ‘The Usual Suspects’ and ‘Rashomon’, to name a few, and it’s definitely one of the best funny fairytale movies here that takes a classic tale and transforms it into something truly unique (much like the way the Shrek movies completely changed the classic fairytale princess story).
The Princess Bride
This is one of the original movies that took a fairytale world and transformed it into something funny as well as fantastical. You’ve got to love the setup here, as Peter Falk reads a twisted fairytale to the kid from ‘The Wonder Years’. With giants (Andre the Giant, that is), princes (but no Prince Charming), and swashbuckling sword fights, there’s no way you won’t fall in love with this funny fairytale (inconceivable!). Like in the Shrek movies, the storyline doesn’t always follow fairytale rules (the “true loves” here bicker a bit, and the bad guys aren’t always completely evil), but this movie is a funny live-action flick that really brings a fairytale world to life. There might not be talking donkeys or gingerbread men, but this classic film is definitely one of the best fairytale movies you’ll ever see.
This is one of the best new fairytale movies you’ll ever see, and it’s similar to ‘Shrek Forever After’ in that it involves a fairytale character finding herself in a strange new world. Also like the Shrek movies, it involves an unlikely love story, as a princess from the animated world of fairytales finds herself falling in love with a real-life man from modern-day New York City. It’s a fun and imaginative tale, and one of the movies here that Shrek fans will surely enjoy, as it shows us that alternate fairytale worlds like the one found in the Shrek movies could exist beyond our own (you’ve just got to go through a sewer to get there).
Just like Fiona in the ‘Shrek’ movies, poor Ella is cursed in this live-action fairytale film starring Anne Hathaway. However, her curse isn’t that she turns into an ogre; she is cursed by the “gift of obedience” bestowed on her by her fairy godmother. Also like the Shrek movies, this is a fractured fairytale full of funny moments (and a fight scene very reminiscent of one Fiona herself takes part it). It’s basically a retelling of Cinderella’s tale, as she falls prey to a wicked stepmother and stepsisters who use and abuse her “gift of obedience”. And when she meets Prince Charming, you can bet it gets in the way of true love, leading her on a mission to rid herself of the curse with the help of elves, giants, and even ogres. So if you’ve grown tired of the same old Cinderella story again and again, be sure to check out one of the best fairytale movies with a twist on this list.
So to help yourself get over the fact that ‘Shrek Forever After’ is the last of the funny fairytale movies about the ogre, spend some time in these other Happily Ever Afters that prove that fairytales don’t always have to go by the storybook to have happy endings.