Shrek Distances

I’m sure I’m not the only person troubled by the loose geography in the Shrek movies. In the first movie Shrek takes a couple of days to get to the dragon’s castle. In the second movie Shrek and Fiona appear to take a few days to get from Shrek’s swamp to Far Far Away by coach. However, in the fourth movie, Shrek walks from his swamp to the dragon’s castle and then to Far Far Away all in a single night. There is no explanation. How is this possible?

Even allegorical fairy tales are weakened by a lack of internal story consistency.

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  1. adg said,

    January 12, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    You’re not alone, I also noticed, and was bothered by, the inconsistency.

    Perhaps it was intentional, though? The spirit of the films was to lampoon faery tails (and everything else). This could just be another, subtle subversion of the norm.

    Or they were just lazy.

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