May 15

Shrek Days

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"Fiona: You didn't slay the dragon?!!
Shrek: It's on my to-do list."

~ Shrek (2001)

Everyone's favourite grumpy and onion-loving ogre, Shrek has his own tartan to complement and bring out the greenish hues in his complexion. The tartan was created for the third film in this franchise in order to reference both Shrek's and Mike Meyer's (Shrek's animated voice) Scottish origins. All of the namesake films were released in May as well as Shrek's receipt of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Although the original source material for Shrek did not reference Scotland, Mike Myers who took over the voice role from Chris Farley (who had died during initial production) explained his choice of accent: "There is a class struggle in Shrek between the fairytale kings and queens and the common people. I always thought that Shrek was raised working class. And since Lord Farquaad (the villain) was played English, I thought of Scottish." Shrek's kilt and plaid made for the first presentation of this tartan required 10 meters of fabric!

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Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy film loosely based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book of the same name.

Shrek is a green ogre (with a Scottish accent) whose name is derived from the German word Schreck, meaning "fright" or "terror".

On May 21, 2010, Shrek received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.  All of his namesake films were released in May making this Shrek month! 

The first of many films focuses on Shrek who finds his swamp overrun by fairy tale creatures who have been banished there by order of the evil Lord Farquaad. In order to get his swamp back, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to bring him a queen in exchange for the deed for his swamp. Shrek sets out with a talking Donkey and rescues Princess Fiona. While they take Fiona to Farquaad so she can marry him, Shrek starts to fall in love with the princess and discovers a shocking secret about her!

Although the source material for Shrek did not reference Scotland, Mike Myers who took over the voice role from Chris Farley (who had died during initial production) explained his choice of accent:  "There is a class struggle in Shrek between the fairytale kings and queens and the common people. I always thought that Shrek was raised working class.  And since Lord Farquaad (the villain) was played English, I thought of Scottish." 

At the 74th Academy Awards, Shrek won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and has since been turned into a stage musical, video games, and inspired many other animated films and programs. 

 

For more about the design of this tartan with its muted swampy browns and acid greens, click Shrek!

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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