Scared Shrekless

Scared Shrekless is a 26-minute computer-animated Halloween horror comedy television special, set shortly after the events of Shrek Forever After, that premiered on the American television network NBC on Thursday, October 28, 2010.[1] Scared Shrekless was based on the children's book Shrek!, by the writer William Steig, which was published on October 17, 1990.

Scared Shrekless
DVD cover
DVD cover
Based onShrek!
by William Steig
Screenplay byGary Trousdale
Sean Bishop
Story byClairee Morrissey (story "Bride of Gingy")
Robert Porter (story "Boots Motel")
Sean Bishop (story "Shreksorcist")
Directed byGary Trousdale
Raman Hui
StarringMike Myers
Cameron Diaz
Dean Edwards
Antonio Banderas
Cody Cameron
Conrad Vernon
Aron Warner
Christopher Knights
Kristen Schaal
Theme music composerHalli Cauthery
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerGary Trousdale
ProducersKaren Foster
Chad Hammes
Running time26 minutes
Production companiesDreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
DistributorDreamWorks Animation
Original networkNBC
Original release
  • October 28, 2010 (2010-10-28)

This short marks the first time Eddie Murphy does not reprise his role as Donkey and is replaced by Dean Edwards, Rupert Everett is replaced by Sean Bishop as Prince Charming, and the Ogre Babies are now voiced by Miles Christopher Bakshi and Nina Zoe Bakshi. This is the first time Duloc is seen since the original Shrek. It was produced with the working title of Shrek or Treat.[2]


After Fiona and their three children scare away some teenage trick or treaters, Shrek, Donkey, Puss, the Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf, Gingy, and Pinocchio (after unsuccessfully trying to scare Shrek and his family) decide to tell scary stories. Shrek claims that whoever can tell the scariest story will be crowned King of Halloween. They go to the run down kingdom of Duloc where Lord Farquaad once reigned and get settled inside his abandoned castle and each take turns telling their story.

Scary storiesEdit

The Bride of GingyEdit

Gingy goes to see the Muffin Man and tells him that his girlfriend dumped him because he only thought of himself. So, he and the Muffin Man make a new girlfriend named Sugar. When they make her, Gingy decides to use a lot of sugar, thinking that she will love him forever, despite the Muffin Man's warnings. When she is baked, Gingy becomes happy with her but ends up becoming freaked out of all her love for him.

After running away and pushing her in a big container of batter, he finally becomes free of her, unaware that the batter Sugar was dropped in ended up creating thousands of zombie clones of herself, surrounding Gingy and eating him. The Three Little Pigs get scared and run away with Big Bad Wolf.

Shrek comments on the falsehood of Gingy's true story, saying that he cannot be there if he was eaten, and he runs off as well.

Boots MotelEdit

Next, Donkey and Puss tell a story about them taking shelter from a thunderstorm at the Boots Motel (a parody of the Bates Motel from Psycho). Their story starts off well, but when Donkey tells it, it always end up with Puss getting killed, so Puss decides to change it: Donkey and Puss go to the Motel, but Donkey calls Puss his sidekick.

When Puss tries to deny it, Donkey says he took a tongue bath, and gets killed by the innkeeper, but Puss retells it, saying he would fight the innkeeper but the keeper gets knocked over by Donkey, who rescues Puss.

It turns out that the keeper was Prince Charming and he zaps Puss with his wand to dust, but Puss says he used his sword and leaped to safety, but Donkey says he was standing on an 'X' spot, which Charming pulls a lever to trap Puss, but Puss says he would never let that happen to him, so he says that he woke up, revealing to be all a dream. Donkey comes in and tells Puss that he's actually on the ceiling, in which the bed falls.

The lights go out and when they come back on, Donkey is in the shower and about to be eaten by a giant waffle. Donkey tries to run, but gets covered in butter, wear a pink tutu, a sombrero and a coconut bra. Finally, Donkey gets Pinocchio to spray Puss with water, making him run away. Shrek suspects that that was cheating.

The ShreksorcistEdit

At last, Shrek tells the final story about his experience babysitting a crazed and possessed Pinocchio.

After repeatedly beating up Shrek, Pinocchio leaps from the window, despite Shrek's attempts to catch him. When Pinocchio lands on the streets, a talking cricket (Jiminy Cricket) pops out of Pinocchio's head, claiming to be his conscience and the voice in his head that made him go crazy, in which Pinocchio squashes him with his foot in retaliation.

Pinocchio denies that the story is true, but when Shrek shows him a normal cricket, he screams and flees in terror. Now alone, Donkey and Shrek once again discuss the rumours about Farquaad's ghost, with Shrek recalling that Donkey was involved in Farquaad's death. Suddenly, they hear the wind moving about, and a walking suit of armour calling Donkey's name. It appears to be Farquaad's ghost, who has come to exact revenge. Scared out of his wits, Donkey admits defeat and runs away.

Fiona reveals it was her and the babies who planned the ghost act and then they, along with Shrek, celebrate by egging the Seven Dwarfs.


Home mediaEdit

Scared Shrekless got its DVD release on September 13, 2011, along with Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space.[3] Both releases were accompanied with a new short animated film, titled Thriller Night (after the song by Michael Jackson).[4] and a double DVD release on September 27, 2011,[5] It was released on August 28, 2012, on the Shrek's Thrilling Tales DVD,[6] and the Shrek's Spooky Stories Blu-ray.[7]


  1. ^ Hibberd, James (September 6, 2010). "NBC orders 'Shrek,' 'Kung Fu Panda' specials". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "Scared Shrekless". Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Scared Shrekless and Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Halloween Party Double Pack". August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "Scared Shrekless (2010)". Amazon. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "Scared Shrekless & Monsters Vs Pumpkins Halloween". Amazon. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  6. ^ "Shrek's Thrilling Tales (Widescreen)". Wallmart. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  7. ^ "Dreamwork's Spooky Stories: Shreks Thrilling Tales / Scared Shrekless / Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space (Blu-ray) (Widescreen)". Wallmart. Retrieved July 20, 2012.

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