Shrek

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Shrek is a film franchise by DreamWorks Animation, loosely based on the 1990 picture book Shrek! by William Steig. Weezer has been tangentially involved in the franchise on multiple occasions.

Shrek (video game)

Texture artist/character designer Ron Davey[1] hid the words "weezer rocks" in a texture in the 2001 video game Shrek for Xbox.[2] Davey also hid a texture referencing "My Name Is Jonas" in the game Pryzm Chapter One: The Dark Unicorn for the Playstation 2.[2]

Shrek 2

See My Best Friend

The producers of the 2003 film Shrek 2 asked Weezer to contribute a song to the film's soundtrack. Rivers Cuomo offered up the song "My Best Friend," but the producers found the song to be too "Shrek-ish,"[3] prompting Cuomo to re-write the song's lyrics. Ultimately, the song was not used (the film instead featuring the song "Accidentally in Love" by Counting Crows), but the rewritten lyrics remained in the final song, which appeared on the band's fifth album, Make Believe.

Shrek Forever After

See I'm a Believer

A cover of the song "I'm a Believer" (originally written by Neil Diamond and originally performed by the Monkees) is featured at the end of the film Shrek Forever After. The original Shrek film ended with a cover of the same song performed by the band Smash Mouth. Weezer's cover is preceded on the soundtrack CD by a short interstitial track titled "Wheezer Wig", featuring the character from the film, Rumpelstiltskin (voiced by actor Walt Dohrn).

Weezer's cover of "I'm a Believer" was recorded after Rivers Cuomo was involved in a bus crash in December of 2009, leading to uncertainty as to whether the band would be able to record the cover. The supervisor in charge of the Shrek soundtrack then reached out to the band Vampire Weekend, but frontman Ezra Koenig "refused to capitalize on Weezer's misfortune."[4]

See also

  1. @ronfreemandavey "this was me! i did this. ill see if i still have a screenshot of it. although its almost 2 decades old now." Twitter. 18 July 2023. https://twitter.com/ronfreemandavey/status/1681376266790764551
  2. 2.0 2.1 Karl's Corner - 02/12/2002
  3. Weezer Recording History - Page 15
  4. Strauss, Matthew. "Vampire Weekend "Refused to Capitalize on Weezer's Misfortune" by Replacing Them on Shrek Soundtrack" Pitchfork 7 April 2016. https://pitchfork.com/news/64667-vampire-weekend-refused-to-capitalize-on-weezers-misfortune-by-replacing-them-on-shrek-soundtrack/