Thriller Night
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Official film poster
General information

Thriller Night


6 minutes

Release Date

September 13, 2011

Release on DVD

September 13, 2011 (Scared Shrekless)
August 28, 2012 (Shrek's Spooky Tales)


Holiday / Halloween special

Production information
Directed by

Gary Trousdale

Produced by

Dean Edwards
Michael Gough
André Sogliuzzo
Holly Fields

Preceded by: Succeeded by:
Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular Thriller Night The Pig Who Cried Werewolf

Thriller Night is a 6-minute Halloween-themed short film. It's a parody of Michael Jackson's music video Thriller, and was directed by Gary Trousdale-- released on September 13, 2011 in the Scared Shrekless DVD.

Dean Edwards and Sean Bishop reprised their roles as Donkey, Prince Charming, and King Harold. However, Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, and Cameron Diaz did not return as Shrek, Puss in Boots, and Fiona as they were replaced by Michael Gough, Holly Fields, and André Sogliuzzo.


The special starts with Shrek (Michael Gough) bursting out of a movie theatre called The Mirror in anger and agony, followed by everyone else, including Princess Fiona (Holly Fields), Puss in Boots (André Sogliuzzo), and Donkey (Dean Edwards), who are all fine. Fiona checks if Shrek is all right and he replies that he actually wanted to see something scary because it is Halloween.

As Shrek leaves, Donkey and Puss try to cheer up Shrek by singing Thriller. They start walking down the street (with Shrek annoyed with Donkey's singing), and they all start singing. Puss (who plays the role of Vincent Price) tags behind and points to a cemetery where many figures rise from the dead: This includes Prince Charming (Sean Bishop), Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) and Fifi (Frank Welker {uncredited}), Fairy Godmother (Pinky Turzo {whose wand was bent}), Lord Farquaad (Sean Bishop), The Headless Horseman, Captain Hook (Matt Mahaffey), Mongo (Conrad Vernon), King Harold (Sean Bishop {in frog form}) and Pied Piper (Jeremy Steig). Everyone surrounds Shrek, Donkey and Fiona (who is getting ready for a Zombie karate fight). Pied Piper starts playing the flute. Upset, Shrek tells Fiona it's time to leave, but when she turns around she has now become a zombie, much to his horror. He is also terrified to see that the Donkey and Puss have also become zombies. Everyone starts to dance and so does Shrek (against his will). Singing finally follows, led by Donkey.

At the end of the song, Shrek manages to break Pied Piper's flute, complaining that it will be a pain in the morning. As he turns around, he sees everyone (zombified) approaching him to kill him. Donkey then yodels as he and the others close on Shrek, preparing to eat his brains.

Shrek wakes up screaming and it is shown that he is really back in the movie theater, and it revealed that he was dreaming the whole time. He asks if it is over; unfortunately, Fiona tells him that he only slept through the previews and Donkey says he has 3 more hours of children, puppets, and nuns, much to Shrek's distress and he shouts out, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!".

Right before the short film ends, Puss appears from the black background laughing evilly (also similar to Vincent Price) and then hisses.

Voice cast


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The short film was released on September 13, 2011.

Home media

Thriller Night was released alongside Scared Shrekless on September 13, 2011.


The short film received favorable reviews upon release.


  • A 3D version of the short was added in October 2011 to the Nintendo Video service for Nintendo 3DS owners.
  • There is evidence that Shrek was just dreaming: the characters who actually did die in any of the previous installments were zombies, which does not make any sense.
    • Lord Farquaad was eaten by Dragon in the first film and probably digested, so it would have been impossible to bury him. He was also once seen as a ghost.
    • The Fairy Godmother exploded in the second film, so it would have been impossible to bury her as well.
    • Mongo would have crumpled up into crumbs and die.
    • Other villains portrayed as zombies who never died were Rumpelstiltskin, Captain Hook, Cyclops, the Headless Horseman, the Pied Piper, and others.
  • Though Prince Charming was seemingly crushed in the third film (and even seen as a zombie), he is seen alive and well at the end of the short, indicating that he survived the hit of the tower.
  • At the beginning of the film, there is a movie poster of The Highest Tower, which may be a Halloween version of Fiona's story.





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