When we last saw the giant green ogre, he and his true love Fiona had settled happily into their tree-trunk home with their new triplets. Their ensuing life is idyllic, even for ogres—happy days filled with laughing baby ogres, sun-filled mornings, and lazy dinners with Donkey and his dragon wife (and their flying donkey children).
But all is not well in the gurgling swamp. The quotidian domesticated life doesn't fully agree with newly minted family man Shrek, who misses the glory days when his roars would scare villagers away instead of making them applaud in delight. He longs for a time when he could wallow in mud, undisturbed by fairy tale tour buses—when he could belch, holler, and generally act like an ogre. He pines for the days when "things made sense."
Rumpelstiltskin—who, we discover, has been harboring a bitter grudge against Shrek for many years—catches wind of the ogre's discontent and offers him a deal. Shrek will get a whole day of wallowing, belching, roaring, and scaring villagers; Rumpelstiltskin, in return, will take just one day of Shrek's life—a day from his childhood, a day he wouldn't even remember. How much trouble could that be?
Thanks to time-travel movies, we all know that changing one day in the past changes everything in the future. But Shrek apparently doesn't. He agrees to the offer—and suddenly, Rumpelstiltskin is king of a withered, ugly Far Far Away. Witches populate the castle. Donkey doesn't recognize Shrek. Puss is morbidly obese. The swamp is a dry, barren place.
Rumpelstilstkin, it turns out, craftily stole the day of Shrek's birth, and therefore Shrek was never born. And yet, here he is, star of the movie—but unrecognized by other characters. He ...1
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Shrek Forever After
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