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The Internet Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of ‘Shrek’


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I can’t remember if I first watched Shrek in a theater or on DVD, but it quickly became one of my favorite childhood movies. With DreamWorks’ distinctive animation style and a mix of original and pop culture gags, it was a film I didn’t mind watching repeatedly. Over the past two decades, Shrek has become an iconic part of meme culture, explaining the grand celebration of its anniversary.

Today, May 18 marks the 20th anniversary of the original release of Shrek in theaters, and fans of all ages on various social media platforms are joining in the celebration. Some have speculated on what made Shrek so enduring in public memory, citing the widespread presence of the franchise as a significant factor.

According to BuzzFeed’s Elamin Abdelmahmoud, “Shrek has spawned numerous sequels, ensuring a steady stream of content for over 15 years. Apart from the main four films and the Puss in Boots spinoff, there are also eight short films (like 2010’s Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular) and a three-season Puss in Boots TV series. For those under 20, Shrek has been a constant presence in various forms.”

Shrek’s influence has extended beyond the films into the realm of absurdity with slogans like “Shrek is love, Shrek is life” resurfacing in pop culture. Despite new memes emerging constantly, the Shrek phenomenon remains strong. While a thorough study could unpack its impact, for now, let’s appreciate a film franchise that reshaped popular culture. And if they bring back the limited edition Shrek snacks, count me in. That green popcorn was epic.

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