DreamWorks' Shrek 2 came out 12 years ago today! The first Shrek film was great and all (without it, there wouldn't even be a sequel), but Shrek 2 was much more entertaining and exciting: more fairy tale characters, more musical numbers, and more cultural references (the best-selling feature in all Shrek films)!
Here are the 12 most hilarious scenes that made Shrek 2 stand out among all Shrek films:
1. Prince Charming's Fabulous Introduction
The first time Prince Charming appeared on Shrek 2 had me squealing at his obvious charming appeal, and laughing at how he maintains his beauty. The 'supposed' knight in shining armor of Princess Fiona finally showed up, and boy is he vain!
Sorry Prince Charming, but as much as we love your gorgeous looks and bouncy hair, Fiona's already living her happily ever after with Shrek.
2. Fiona Throws the Little Mermaid Back to Sea
The best thing about all Shrek films is how they made a parody of fairy tale characters- especially the ones adapted by Disney.
While in the middle of a make-out session, the ocean washes on Shrek and Fiona where a mermaid later takes Fiona's place. Fiona, being the rightful true love of Shrek, then drags the mermaid away from Shrek and throws her back to the ocean.
Funny how the mermaid bears a strong resemblance to Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid. I see what you did there, DreamWorks.
3. Meeting the In-Laws
Shrek: Well, it's easy to see where Fiona gets her good looks from! He he... he...
The first meeting with in-laws will always be one of the most awkward moments married couples have to go through. Most especially if you're an ogre married a beautiful human princess. The looks on King Harold and Queen Lillian's faces says it all!
4. Late Night Drive-Through At Friar's Fat Boy
We know from the beginning of the film that Prince Charming was a conceited prince, but we didn't know how much of a drama king and a mama's boy he was until the late night drive-through at Friar's Fat Boy.
At this point, we know that Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming are the villains. Just when we thought Fairy Godmother was about to pull some serious harm on King Harold, her window rolls down to reveal a fast food employee taking their order.
Just look at Charming's medieval meal, it comes with a paper crown and an ax! Such a big baby (though I would order the same if it means getting the same ax, Friar's Fat Boy sure has some good quality toys). They may be the villains of the film, but they sure are the heroes of fast food takeout.
5. Puss in Boots' Secret Weapon
I definitely didn't expect that when I first saw Shrek 2. But you know, Puss is a cat after all- I should've seen it coming.
6. Pretty Woman's Happily Ever After
Fairy Godmother: Let's see... P-p-p-p-p, Princess. Cinderella... Handsome prince, lived happily ever after... oh, no ogres! Sleeping Beauty... handsome prince, no ogres. Thumbelina, no! Hansel and Gretel, no! The Golden Bird, the Little Mermaid, Pretty Woman... no, no, no, no, NO! You see, ogres don't live happily ever after.
According to Fairy Godmother, ogres don't live happily ever after- but Pretty Woman does! She even has a book in Fairy Godmother's library, categorized under "P". Does that mean she's a princess? Or is it just because "pretty" starts with "p"?
7. Shrek's Cinderella Moment
Fiona may be a princess, but this is a Shrek film! Shrek should own the spotlight. The greatest highlight of Shrek 2 was when Shrek turned into a human. He may be better off as an ogre, but admit it, you can't help but wonder how he'll look like if he were human before Shrek 2 came out. Thank heavens DreamWorks did that! Human Shrek is way more charming than Prince Charming.
8. Puss in Boots Gets Caught
How could we forget the cop show that sent our heroes to jail? Knights (a parody to Cops) is the Shrek universe's reality TV series that follows the knights in their patrols. As the knights arrested Shrek, Donkey, and Puss, they caught Puss carrying a highly addictive substance which was identified as catnip. Stop denying it, Puss. You've been a bad kitty!
Also they used a pepper grinder as a medieval substitute to pepper spray! How could I have missed that?
9. Pinocchio Wears a Thong!
Donkey: Say something crazy, like "I'm wearing ladies' underwear"!
Pinocchio: I-uhm... I'm wearing ladies' underwear. [nothing happens]
Shrek: ...are you?
Pinocchio: I most certainly am not! [nose grows longer]
I don't think I have to elaborate on how hilarious this scene was. After that failed, but still rather impressive, Mission Impossible stunt Pinocchio pulled, the last thing he wanted to happen was to be caught lying. Though his lies saved our heroes, it was still embarrassing to have everyone know his choice of underwear.
10. Holding Out For A Hero
I think most will agree with me when I say this was the most exciting part of the film. I just love how everything goes with the song! Re-watch the scene and see for yourself:
This should've been nominated for Best Music Video of 2004.
11. Puss and Donkey's Livin' La Vida Loca
Puss and Donkey finally set their differences aside and performed Ricky Martin's Livin' La Vida Loca together- because what's a Shrek film without a dance party?
Luckily for Puss (Antonio Banderas) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy), their amazing performance of Livin' La Vida Loca earned them another duet performance on Shrek The Third: Sly & the Family Stone's Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again). Am I the only one who wants to hear more of Puss and Donkey's duet?
Another cultural reference! During their musical number, Puss sits on a chair and pulls the chain to dump water on himself- reference to the 1983 American film, Flashdance.
12. Simon Cowell's Cameo Appearance
Before you ask, yes, this really happened! Shrek 2 DVD included a bonus short, Far Far Away Idol. After the big party, the Shrek characters compete in a sing-off with Shrek, Fiona, and Simon as the judges- a parody to American Idol.
Simon's not the only one who's made a cameo appearance. In case you missed it, the late Joan Rivers was the announcer at the red carpet for Medieval Entertainment (reference to E! Entertainment).
I don't know about you, but these moments make Shrek 2 stand out among all Shrek films. But then again, all Shrek films stand out in different ways. Kudos to everyone behind all Shrek films for never failing to make us laugh, cry, and feel all sorts emotion.