2001 was the year that the world was introduced to the fictional, angry ogre, Shrek

The word ‘Shrek’ is derived from ‘Schrek’, the German word for ‘fright’ or ‘terror’.

Loved by adults and children alike, Shrek is an animated film featuring adult-oriented humour whilst appealing to children at the same time.  The award-winning film is loosely based on a 1990 fairy tale book of the same name by author William Steig.  In 1991, American film director, producer and screenwriter Steven Spielberg purchased the rights to the book with the intention of producing a traditionally animated film. He was convinced to take the film to the newly founded DreamWorks Animation in 1994 and following the studio’s purchase of the rights, the development of the film began in 1995.

The success of Shrek helped to establish DreamWorks Animation as a major competitor to Pixar in feature film animation. It is now recognised across the world for its quality family entertainment.  Shrek received numerous award nominations and awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Such was the popularity of the film, it has been followed by three sequels – Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek The Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010), as well as two holiday specials, a spin off film (Puss in Boots, 2011) and even a stage musical. 

Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow, Shrek parodies other fairy tale adaptations. Shrek (Myers) lives in a swamp which becomes overrun with fairy tale creatures who have been banished there by Lord Farquaad (Lithgow), who wants to become King. Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona (Diaz), whom he wants to marry, in return for Shrek regaining his swamp.  With the help of Donkey (Murphy), Shrek begins his quest but falls in love with Princess Fiona along the way, who is hiding a secret that changes both of their lives forever. 

Our Steiff collection comes to you courtesy of Steiff and DreamWorks Animation. Let’s introduce you, shall we?


The main man, Shrek, is grumpy and proud of it.  From his outfit to his unmissable ears, Shrek stands tall and proud. 


Confident and brash, after a somewhat rocky start, Donkey is Shrek’s best friend. Superbly crafted, Steiff has perfectly captured Donkey’s personality.

Puss in Boots

Making his first appearance in Shrek 2, Puss is named after his signature boots. 

All Steiff Shrek pieces are limited edition pieces, limited to just 1,500 pieces worldwide. As with any of the Steiff limited pieces, buy now to avoid disappointment as once they are gone, that’s it!  All limited edition pieces include a Steiff box and certificate confirming provenance They are designed to be admired by an adult collector rather than as toy pieces.

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