"This ogre likes to eat helium.... and obviously, he's been eating some pretty big helium slugs!" -- John Piper during a 2007 behind-the-scenes sneak peek
Shrek is a fictional ogre character created by American author William Steig. Shrek is the protagonist of the book of the same name and of eponymous films by DreamWorks Animation. The name "Shrek" is derived from the German word Schreck, meaning "fright" or "terror". Shrek is voiced by Mike Myers, although it was planned for him to be voiced by Chris Farley before his death in December 1997, and played by Brian d'Arcy James in the musical. Shrek is an ogre living in a swamp.
On May 21, 2010, the same day that his fourth and final installment, Shrek Forever After, was released in theaters, Shrek received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. In June 2010, Entertainment Weekly named him one of the "100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years", placing 15th.
History with the Macy's Parade
With the release of Shrek The Third releasing just six months prior, DreamWorks Animation commissioned the Macy's Parade Studio to create a brand-new Shrek balloon in 2007. The lovable ogre wore his familiar woodsman outfit, with his oatmeal sweater and brown vest. That same year, he was also named Macy's Holiday Ambassador, with a special Shrek plush being sold at exclusive Macy's stores, and a cold-air Shrek inflatable perched upon Macy's 34th Street marquee. The balloon made 4 appearances until it was retired after the 2010 Parade, due to the conclusion of his films after the release of Shrek: Forever After. This balloon will most likely never return, as Illumination Animation is rebooting the film series in the near future.
In 2009, the cast of Shrek: The Musical also performed the ever-popular "I'm A Believer" as part of pre-parade entertainment.
The balloon made an appearance outside of the Parade in July 2010, where he helped celebrate the arrival of Shrek: The Musical in Chicago.
In addition to appearing as a balloon, the Shrek series of films have also been featured in Macy's Holiday Parade and Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's. A separate article for those appearances can be read here.
Below, you will find a list of the music tracks that played during the balloon's appearance on the NBC telecast.
- True Love's First Kiss (2007)
- I'm a Believer (2008-2010)
- Shrek is the second known balloon in the Parade's history to have his retirement announced during the NBC telecast, after Donald Duck in 1972.