Bold move from The Guardian.

It is hard to believe that someone would have the audacity to say a bad word against Shrek. But someone has.

Perhaps you would expect such an article from a satirical mag such as The Onion.

After all, it seems to be a deliberately controversial (and deliberately wrong) opinion with the sole aim to cause a fuss.

But this hurtful piece actually comes from the reputable publisher that is The Guardian. Well – it was reputable before it slated Shrek…

The article is called Shrek at 20: an unfunny and overrated low for blockbuster animation. 

Just because it has turned 20 now doesn’t mean you have the right to slate it.

The Article

The article begins by saying: “The fairytale comedy was a hit with critics and audiences but its toilet humour, glibness and shoddy animation mark it out as a misfire.” Well, that sentence could have just ended at “The fairytale comedy was a hit with critics and audiences” because that’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

The first attempt to slate Shrek is by pointing out ‘Shrek has an outhouse with a working toilet.’

Apparently, this is a negative aspect of the film because of its inconsistency with Shrek’s other habits. Because Shrek brushes his teeth with slime, he apparently does not deserve a working toilet.

Shame on The Guardian. Anyone can have a working toilet, regardless of what they brush their teeth with!

Not only this, but plumbing technicalities really isn’t the most unbelievable part of the film – a talking donkey literally procreates with a dragon. But never mind that – let’s focus on the plumbing systems!

The author then goes on to outrageously claim that the film is ‘not funny.’

This is just an untrue statement.

Not only is it filled with cheeky one liners and quips, it also features some brilliant innuendo.

Perhaps the most prominent one being Shrek’s remarks about Farquaad’s humungous Castle: ‘“That must be Lord Farquaad’s castle. Do you think he’s maybe compensating for something?

Shrek is funny.

The author then claims that ‘it looks awful’. Also untrue. It looks incredible. That is just an objective fact that I’m not willing to provide evidence for – it just is.


We’re not the only ones outraged at this slander. The majority of Twitter are defending Shrek from The Guardian’s insensitive words.

One person agrees that to open the article with the issue of plumbing is quite simply laughable:

Another responded for the nation when they wrote this tweet:

Another said: “I could write a better article about Shrek than this in half an hour. In fact here is an outline: Shrek showed a generation that Princesses can rescue themselves, body image is less important than personality, and was the perfect antidote to Disney’s saccharine fairytales.”

Another really said what we’re all thinking:


Well, there you have it. Try and cancel Shrek and get cancelled trying. 

Image via The Guardian