If Shrek Gets This Reboot Without The Original Voice Cast It Will Destroy The Sanctity Of The Franchise

Illumination Studios needs to tread carefully because they are meddling with perfection.

Usually getting another Shrek movie would be fantastic news met with nothing but hype, but this reboot is making us all nervous.

Universal Pictures’ Illumination Entertainment is rebooting the franchise, but they don’t have any of the original cast secured for the production. Lord help us all.

In a Variety exclusive with Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination and the man who headed the Despicable Me and Minion spinoff franchise, he announced that he’s been handed the keys to the kingdom.

Also the Puss in Boots spinoff franchise is in his hands now, though it’s unclear if any of us actually care about Puss in Boots at all (???).

The good news is that it sounds like he wants to use the OG vocal cast, it’s just whether or not Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas are keen.

“When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome,” Meledandri said. “And while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations,”

Even if they can get the original cast to sign on to the reboot, the plan seems to be to do something different and go in a new direction with the Shrek narrative.

“You want to find something in the narrative that really feels like a departure,” he said.

This is all pretty stressful stuff because Shrek is a holy work of art that strictly must not be tainted by any halfway attempts to revive it. Surely the process should be to sign on the original cast and then move ahead with production???

But this is the way the cookie is crumbling so let us pray that the Shrek crew empathise and save this reboot mission by getting on board. SOS.

Smash Mouth Vehemently Defend Their Title As The Official Shrek Band After Smashing Pumpkins Tried To Come For The Crown

Shrek without Donkey performing I'm A Believer? I am not a believer.

Shrek is a masterpiece (fact) and it is made complete by a perfect soundtrack (fact #2). While there are many great artists that appear on the revered Shrek soundtrack, Smash Mouth undoubtably claim the throne with their opening scene track ‘Allstar’ and closing scene cover of The Monkees’ ‘I’m a Believer’.

I’m not saying necessarily this is the greatest final scene musical performance in cinematic history, but I’m definitely not saying it isn’t.

So, one does not simply claim that they were the first choice band for the iconic closing credits scene of Shrek and expect Smash Mouth to let it slide.

And yet, Billy Corgan of fellow smashy 90s band, Smashing Pumpkins, has really tried it. In a Q&A session on Instagram Corgan claimed, “We were offered the end credit song for Shrek 1 but the offer was withdrawn and given to Smashmouth [sic] (who had hit with Monkees song).” 

Yea OK Billy. Smash Mouth wasn’t having a bar of it.

“Actually we said no and Michael Austin from Dreamworks kept calling.” Reads Smash Mouth’s tweet.

“That went on for over a month. We assume multiple bands we’re asked. If it feeds Billy’s ego to think they we’re first let him think that. Def would have been a darker approach. are on it & others.”

Apparently the song Smashing Pumpkins would have used for the final celebratory scene of Shrek was ‘Untitled’. ‘Untitled‘. That is what it is called.

What a pity that Shrek did not end with this utterly joyless track that reeks of a forced attempt to be 2 cool 4 school. Just title your damn song pumpkin patch kids.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that Smash Mouth do in fact love being known as the official reigning Shrek band and they will defend their throne with passion.

The moral is also that Shrek is great, always.


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