First Photo from Shrek Forever After and a Storyline Update
That photo you see above is the "very first" official photo from DreamWorks Animation's Shrek Forever After. USA Today has a new first look article today debuting the photo as well as some new information on the franchise. Let's get the most important news out of the way first. Shrek Forever After is, sadly, the final film in the Shrek franchise (although I'm sure it'll still continue with straight-to-DVD spin-offs and sequels). "All that was loved about Shrek in the first film is brought to the final film," promises Bill Damaschke, head of creative production at DreamWorks. And as for the story, here's the new description from USA Today.
The premise is the Brothers Grimm meet It's a Wonderful Life: After rescuing a princess, getting hitched and fathering triplets, Shrek is feeling over-domesticated. "He has lost his roar," says director Mike Mitchell (Sky High, Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo). "It used to send villagers running away in terror. Now they run to him and ask him to sign their pitchforks and torches."
To regain his ogre mojo, he strikes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, the wee troublemaker who popped up briefly in Shrek 2 and 3.
Of course, the pact goes awry and Shrek must confront what life would be like in Far Far Away if he had never existed. That translates into Donkey being forced into cart-pulling duty, fat and lazy Puss in Boots trading his sword for a pink bow and the underhanded Rumpelstiltskin ruling the kingdom.
This may sadly be the end of a popular franchise (for those who are fans at least), but it sounds like this is the perfect story to go out with. The huge voice cast for this one includes Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Amy Poehler, John Lithgow, Maya Rudolph, Amy Sedaris, Eric Idle, Larry King, and Regis Philbin. And a few more newcomers include Kathy Griffin and Kristin Schaal as well as Jon Hamm of Mad Men. "He is the best-looking ogre you've ever seen," Mitchell reveals. For those anxious to see a trailer, there will be one playing in front of Avatar in December. Any fans still left?