Scared Shrekless

Scared Shrekless

DVD cover

DVD cover
Written by Gary Trousdale
Sean Bishop
Claire Morrissey (story "Bride of Gingy")
Robert Porter (story "Boots Motel")
Sean Bishop (story "Shreksorcist")
Directed by Gary Trousdale
Raman Hui
Starring Mike Myers
Cameron Diaz
Dean Edwards
Antonio Banderas
Cody Cameron
Conrad Vernon
Aron Warner
Christopher Knights
Kristen Schaal
Theme music composer Halli Cauthery
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Karen Foster
Chad Hammes
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release
  • October 28, 2010 (2010-10-28)

Scared Shrekless is a 21-minute Halloween 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]

The 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]


It is Halloween night, and Shrek's family is celebrating by scaring trick-or-treaters. Inside their house, Donkey, Puss, Pinocchio, the Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf, and Gingy fail to scare the ogres, and Shrek claims that nothing can scare an ogre because ogres are "the kings of Halloween". To prove him wrong, Donkey proposes a challenge to see who can tell the scariest story, but Shrek amps it up by choosing to hold their contest in Lord Farquaad's abandoned castle Duloc.

The Bride of Gingy

Gingy starts first with a story about his girlfriend dumping him and asking the Muffin Man for a new girlfriend, made with loads of sugar, thus giving her the name "Sugar" as revealed in the credits. 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 who claims they are his ride. 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 Motel

Next, Donkey and Puss in Boots 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 they end up arguing over how the story should be told, and then resort to just making each other look bad. Donkey gets Pinocchio to spray Puss with water, making him run away.

The Shreksorcist

At last, Shrek tells the final story about his experience babysitting Pinocchio, who appeared crazed and possessed. After repeatedly beating up Shrek, Pinocchio leapt 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. Pinocchio squashes the cricket under his foot.

Pinocchio denies that the story is true, but when Shrek shows him a normal cricket, he screams and runs out. Now alone, Donkey and Shrek hear the wind moving about, and a walking suit of armour calling Donkey's name. It appears to be the ghost of Farquaad, who has come to take 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.

Scary stories


Home media

Scared Shrekless got its DVD release on September 13, 2011[3] and a double DVD release on September 27, 2011,[4] along with Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space.[5] Both releases were accompanied with a new short animated film, titled Thriller Night (after the song by Michael Jackson). 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 (2010)". Amazon. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  4. "Scared Shrekless & Monsters Vs Pumpkins Halloween". Amazon. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  5. "Scared Shrekless and Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Halloween Party Double Pack". August 22, 2011. 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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