‘Shrek Forever After’ is giving our favorite Shrek characters some major makeovers, as Shrek gets transported to an alternate version of Far Far Away by the evil Rumpelstiltskin. When Shrek gets tired of his quiet family life, he thinks Rumpelstiltskin has given him a ticket to one day full of adventure, but instead finds himself in a world where Donkey, Fiona, and the rest of his friends don’t seem to know him at all. So here’s a look at how some of our favorite Shrek characters will be different in the alternate universe of ‘Shrek Forever After’:
Gingy is one of the quirkiest characters in the Shrek movies, a creation of the Muffin Man who is very fast on his doughy feet. He can also get a bit of an attitude (especially when he loses a gumdrop button), but he’s pretty brave for a character that can be easily crumbled (and defeated with a glass of milk). In the first Shrek movie, he really displays just how tough he is by enduring the loss of both of his legs (he later undergoes an intense rehabilitation process to get back to his super-quick old self). He’s also had to go through the loss of his newly-created giant friend Mongo in ‘Shrek 2’, and reveals that he lost his gingerbread wife when Santa Claus ate her in ‘Shrek the Halls’.
Gingy’s Character Change in ‘Shrek Forever After’
It looks like Gingy will still be one of the bravest and toughest Shrek characters in ‘Shrek Forever After’, where he’ll be portrayed as a gladiator in the alternate version of Far Far Away. So what will his gladiator character be fighting? Animal crackers, of course. (I don’t know much about the character beyond that just yet, but perhaps he’s friends with Fiona’s new character, an ogre rebel fighting in “the resistance” against Rumpelstiltskin’s regime).
Donkey is one of the main characters and Shrek’s best friend in all the Shrek movies, whether the ogre likes it or not. From the moment the two first meet after Shrek saves him, Donkey decides that he’s never going to leave Shrek’s side, and he talks incessantly every moment that the two are together. Ultimately Shrek quits trying to avoid him and befriends him (despite still getting irritated with him at times), and the two go on plenty of great adventures full of fairy tale magic and mayhem. Donkey also becomes a dad to a bunch of dronkeys with his unlikely love interest, a dragon named Dragon.
Donkey’s Character Change in ‘Shrek Forever After’
Donkey undergoes a shocking transformation in ‘Shrek Forever After’, as Shrek discovers that his best friend has no idea who he is. At first Donkey fears Shrek and wants nothing to do with him, fleeing when Shrek first tries to connect with the alternate version of his old pal. Apparently Donkey has become a cart-pulling work animal instead of a happy-go-lucky adventurer in the bizarro version of Far Far Away, however, judging from the trailer, it looks like this version of Donkey also ultimately teams up with Shrek to help him save the day. (It’s also likely that Donkey and Dragon are not a couple in the alternate version of Far Far Away, meaning that he’s not the proud papa of the adorable dronkeys.)
Puss in Boots
One of the best Shrek characters, Puss in Boots begins his role in the Shrek movies as an assassin paid to kill Shrek. He’s a sly, spry, dashing and debonair Zorro wannabe, but the small cat isn’t quite as suave as he seems; when a hairball thwarts his attack, he is forced to beg Shrek and Donkey for his life. The two ultimately let him join them, as the other annoying talking animal becomes a useful ally, able to bring bad guys to their knees with his adorable sad face.
Puss in Boots’ Character Change in ‘Shrek Forever After’
Puss in Boots is one of the characters that changes most in ‘Shrek Forever After’, as the fit feline is transformed into a pampered and portly puss that has traded his boots, hat, and sword for a big pink bow. And his chubby new physique isn’t all that is altered about him; he’s so lazy that he does nothing to stop a mouse from drinking from his bowl of milk. However, Puss does have one secret weapon still intact: his pleading puppy-dog eyes.
Fiona is one of the most unique fairytale princesses you’ll ever see, as the beautiful princess becomes an ogre so that she can live happily ever after. Despite Shrek’s somewhat rude and crude ways, she falls in love with him, and the two settle down and eventually have triplets after undergoing plenty of trials and tribulations involving princes with big egos and evil fairy godmothers. Fiona is strong-willed and independent, making her a formidable foe for her stubborn hubby who is prone to temper tantrums (plus she can burp and belch with the best of them).
Fiona’s Character Change in ‘Shrek Forever After’
Fiona is one of the characters whose change will most effect Shrek in ‘Shrek Forever After’, after his loving wife is transformed into an ogre on the lam, something Shrek discovers when he finds “Wanted” posters of her decorating the trees in the alternate version of Far Far Away. She is the leader of a group of renegade ogres fighting against the kingdom of Rumpelstiltskin, who has hunted them to near-extinction. But despite her still being feisty and strong-willed, she has undergone one very important change: she can’t stand Shrek.
So how can Shrek break the spell he is under in ‘Shrek Forever After’ and turn our favorite Shrek characters back into the quirky and kooky bunch we fell in love with? Well, he’s got to make the alternate version of Fiona fall in love with him, but with witches, bloodthirsty villagers, and Fiona’s dislike of him to deal with, will the final chapter of Shrek’s story have a happy ending? Check out the movie on May 21, 2010 and find out if True Love’s Kiss saves the day again.