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Shrek Retold
Directed by Grant Duffrin
Produced by
  • Christopher Carlone
  • Nolan Cooney
  • Justin Silverman
  • Bryan Stickley
  • Lee Terwilliger
Music by
Editing by Grant Duffrin
Studio 3GI Industries
Release date(s) November 29, 2018
Running time 90 minutes
Language English

Shrek Retold is a recreation of the 2001 film Shrek, made by fans. It was released on November 29, 2018 to YouTube. YouTuber Grant Duffrin ("3GI") led the process of making the film. It features the work of over 200 creators, each making a single short part of the film.


As a recreation, Shrek Retold has the plot of the original film with only a few changes. The biggest difference between Shrek Retold and the original film is the strange ways each creator made their scene. As a group effort with over 200 creators, the art style, voice acting, and music change from scene to scene, and are usually very different from the original. Unlike the original Shrek which is completely 3D animated, Shrek Retold is made with 2D and 3D animation, live action, stop motion, and other methods. The film's creators include many internet personalities and actors, such as David Liebe Hart, Michael Cusack, Ratboy Genius, Anthony Fantano, Noah Munck, KC Green, Jamie Loftus, Doug Lussenhop, and SiIvaGunner.

Production and release

I have no idea if it's possible to like something ironically. It's like, could you enjoy ice cream ironically? Could you eat ice cream as a joke?

interview with Quartz

Shrek Retold was made as group effort, although each creator made their part of the movie on their own. Director Grant Duffrin separated the film into scenes of different length, then each scene was remade by a creator. In an interview with Quartz, Duffrin said his love of Shrek was real, not like the "ironic" Shrek internet memes that were popular at the time. Soon before the film's release, a trailer for the film was uploaded to the 3GI channel which was talked about by many news outlets. The film was first shown on YouTube to a live audience on November 29, 2018, and is still on the site. On November 29, 2019, 3GI announced that the film would be able to be purchased in VHS format and as a free digital download. In March 2020, Shrek Retold was followed up by Sonic Rebuilt, a similar recreation of the 1999 Sonic the Hedgehog film.

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