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5 Movies like Shrek: Fairy Tales & Fantasy Twists

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Dale Barham itcherMovies like ‘Shrek’, ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘Stardust’ all break the mould with their unique takes on the fairy tale and fantasy genres. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of knights in shining armours and fearsome dragons – just not quite in the way you’re used to! ~ Dale Barham

Ogres Are Like Onions…

…and so is the movie, ‘Shrek’. Not only is it a hilarious animated comedy aimed at kids, it’s also a rib-tickling parody with a script that’ll keep most of the older audience entertained. Believe me, you’ll never think of the three little pigs or the big bad wolf in the same way again!

Shrek tells the story of a reclusive and cranky ogre who lives a content life alone in his swamp. But when he finds that a whole host of other mythical and creatures have been relocated to his front door, he’s understandably incensed!

To regain his privacy, he strikes a deal with the ruler Lord Farquaad; he is to save a princess from a dragon and bring her to the Lord. The only help he’ll receive in his journey is the company of an annoying, braying donkey.

But of course, there’s a catch! For who can resist the allure of a beautiful princess?

If you love films like Shrek and fancy watching other fantasy movies with a twist, why not give these suggestions a spin?

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Movies Similar to ‘Shrek’…

‘The Princess Bride’ (Rob Reiner, 1987)

Based on the incredible book of the same name, ‘The Princess Bride’ tells of a love story between a beautiful woman and her long lost soulmate.

When the princess finds herself kidnapped right before she is set to marry an evil king, a kindly lad from her past comes to her rescue and to proclaim his love once again. But they’re going to have to go through the entire mythical kingdom of Florin first if they’re to achieve their happily ever after.

It might sound wishy-washy from the synopsis alone, but this is a fantastic fantasy movie with plenty of wit, charm and originality. You’ll find yourself quoting this one over and over again, wondering why it took you until now to experience the magic that is ‘The Princess Bride’ until now.

Similarity Match: 85%
Like ‘Shrek’, this is a very satirical take on fairy tales with its tongue firmly placed in its cheek. However the humour leans more towards that ‘Monty Python’ ridiculousness that can go either way with audiences.

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‘Stardust’ (Matthew Vaughn, 2007)

When a young man promises to fetch a fallen star for his dearly beloved, he ventures out of his quaint countryside village and crosses the border into a neighbouring magical world. However he quickly realises that he’s not the only one looking for the star (who is actually a woman played by the wonderful Claire Danes) and that there are plenty of unsavoury folk out there who wish to use her powers or their own benefits

This is an epic love story with a truly original premise that offers laughs on laughs. Would you expect any less from the director of ‘Kick-Ass’ and a cast of Mark Strong, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter O’Toole and Robert De Niro?

Sound good? Make sure to also have a look at these other movies similar to ‘Stardust’.

Similarity Match: 80%
Like ‘Shrek’ there’s plenty of fairy tale parody and a quest of similarly epic proportions laced with notions of true love. However this has a much grander feel than its animated counterpart.

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‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ (Mel Brooks, 1993)

You’ve never seen the story of Robin Hood told like this, trust me!

Mel Brooks’s fingerprints are all over this picture about the noble Robin of Loxley, a man who escapes from prison and returns home to find his family estate has been taken over by the evil Prince John. It’s up to Robin and his ragtag team of misfits to regain his homeland and defeat their tyrannical enemy.

And there’s also the small matter of coercing the beautiful Maid Marian into falling in love with him!

If you’re in the mood for some really goofy comedy with a song or two thrown in for good measure, ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ might be right up your street!

Similarity Match: 75%
Once again, you’ve got the silly spoof Robin Hood character, only this time he’s the main attraction rather than a simple cameo.

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If You Like ‘Shrek’, You Will Like…

The thing I love most about ‘Shrek’ is that it breaks Pixar’s vice like grip on the animated genre. offering a fresh alternative with witty humour, well realised characters and sharply written dialogue.

So if you’re in the mood for some more animated fare but don’t fancy dipping back into the Pixar oeuvre, feel free to check these bad boys out!

‘The Lego Movie’ (Chris Miller and Phil Lord, 2014)

‘The Lego Movie’, starring Chris Pratt, tells a tale of a completely nondescript construction worker who discovers he may be the chosen one – a being who is destined to take down a ruthless capitalist overlord before he can enact his evil plans.

The journey takes him to different dimensions as he meets various different heroes and villains (including Batman, Gandalf and Han Solo) who will help him on his journey. Oh did I mention they’re all little Lego people in a Lego world as well? Yeah that’s kind of important!

I wasn’t prepared for how clever and meta ‘The Lego Movie’ would turn out to be, but if you like your animated comedy with a hint of biting satire, you’ll love it just as much as I do!

Like ‘Shrek’, this is highly aware of itself as an animated film and of the pop culture significance of its characters, so expect plenty of tongue in cheek “in jokes” here. However, ‘The Lego Movie’ does take the whole meta thing one step above and beyond.

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‘Kung Fu Panda’ (Mark Osborne and John Stevenson, 2008)

Jack Black lends his voice to Po, a bumbling overweight panda who spends his days working in his father’s noodle bar and dreaming of becoming something like his idols, the Furious Five. It’s announced that these Kung Fu masters are set to compete in a tournament to name a new Dragon Warrior.

But when Po struggles to find a way in to catch a glimpse, he ends up falling from the sky and landing right in the middle of all the fighters as a decision is about to be made. Before he knows it, it is declared that HE will, in fact, become the Dragon Warrior.

That’s cool and everything, but there’s just one problem: he doesn’t know the first thing about Kung Fu! Not to mention he’s lazy, mega clumsy and none of the Furious Five or their master, Shifu, seem to care about him.

Will he be able to prove himself to his new peers, become the fighter he was born to be and manage to stop an evil leopard from enacting his revenge? You’ll have to check this one out and discover that for yourself!

Rest assured, though, this is one hell of a fun ride!

Like ‘Shrek’ this is an epic tale complete with competent action sequences and delightful humour for all ages, although it is more interested in reinventing kung fu than drastically altering fairy tales.

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A Fairy Tale Ending?

So there you have it, a collection of fantasy spoofs and animated gems that don’t take themselves too seriously but deliver on their promise of hilarity. You can’t feel sad when one of these films is playing, Seriously, when you’re having a bad day, ‘Shrek’ is the ultimate pick me up.

In fact, I’m feeling a little glum myself right now, I might go and give it another watch!

Have you got any other recommendations for similar movies?

Let me know in the comments section below!

Hi, I’m Dale and I’m a Blu-Ray addict. When I’m not obsessively fixating over the ever-growing mountain of movies taking up most of the front room, I’m usually writing about all things Hollywood. Go figure, huh? If I’m not glued to the television watching ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for the billionth time, you can probably find me crooning in my hard-rocking blues band or having inane conversations with the resident cats.
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