Shrek Original Moves: Unearthed Test Footage Dances into the Past

Shrek Original Moves: In a delightful discovery for those intrigued by the creative process behind beloved movies, test footage from the original Shrek film has surfaced online. The clip, shared by the Zoom Art Studio on YouTube, offers a glimpse into the early stages of the movie’s development, featuring the ogre dancing to James Brown’s “I Feel Good.”

This test footage dates back to 1995, during the initial stages when comedian Chris Farley was set to voice Shrek before his untimely passing in 1997. The role was later taken over by Michael Myers. The short video showcases a version of Shrek that is closer to William Stieg’s 1990 children’s book, with a slightly more unsettling appearance for the ogre, fitting the traditional stigma associated with such characters.

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While this early rendition might have been deemed too intense for younger audiences at the time, it provides a fascinating look at the evolution of Shrek’s character design. Despite being labeled as a “dark edgy low budget film” by Zoom Art, the essence of the final Shrek film is discernible in this brief footage. The blending of pop culture with a fairy tale setting and the well-timed comedic elements laid the foundation for the Shrek franchise, solidifying DreamWorks as the “anti-Pixar.”

The test footage offers a unique perspective on the series’ origins and what could have been. With recent developments like Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and the potential fifth Shrek film in progress, it appears that the iconic green ogre is poised for a triumphant return, sparking both excitement and reflection on the legacy of the beloved animated franchise.

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