Thursday, October 28, 2010
T.V. REVIEW: Scared Shrekless
What scares an ogre?
Shrek claims nothing, but Donkey and Puss in Boots aren't convinced, so they come up with a fun/spooky idea of how to spend their Halloween night. They will take turns telling scary stories and whoever can last through the night will be dubbed "The King of Halloween." And to up the ante, Shrek suggests they tell the stories in Lord Farquaad's supposedly haunted castle.
This 30-minute Halloween special is comprised of three stories and the wraparound story of Shrek and pals spending the night in a haunted castle. These are the three segments:
The Bride of Gingy
After Gingy's girlfriend kicks him out, he arrives on the Muffin Man's doorstep and begs the baker to make him a new girlfriend. But Gingy insists on adding tons of sugar to ensure his new girlfriend is sweeter than the last. Despite Muffin Man's warnings that no one has ever made cookies with that much sugar and that he doesn't know what could happen. Well, Gingy's girlfriend ends up a little too sweet...and clingy.
Donkey and Puss in Boots collaborate on this story, but try to kill the other one off throughout. On a dark and stormy night Donkey and Puss take shelter in the Boots Motel where Puss takes a well-deserved tongue bath. But he's murdered! Or is he? Perhaps it was Donkey taking a shower until he is interrupted by... a donkey-eating waffle who wants revenge!
Shrek helps Geppetto put Pinocchio to bed, thinking he can handle it because he takes care of three baby ogres on a daily basis. But it's more difficult than he presumes because Pinocchio seems to be possessed.
Scared Shrekless is a fun Halloween special and had me laughing quite a bit. I love Gingy. He's such a cute and funny character. For instance, in one part when he gets scared he poops out candies. And look at his explanation for why his girlfriend kicked him out:
Gingy: "I dunno something about me being too into myself, blah, blah, blah, yak, yak yak."
Muffin Man: "You?! But you are so adorable!"
Gingy "I know! That's what I keep telling her!"
Oh, Gingy. You really are adorable. Scared Shrekless is even better than I expected. I'm not a big fan of kids' movies or T.V. shows, but while this one is kid-friendly it also has some humor for adults. If you missed Scared Shrekless it will air again on NBC at 8:00 pm on Saturday.