Life Size Shrek Stolen In A Heist

A 200-pound statue of Shrek was stolen from a Massachusetts yard, prompting a police search.

By Lyndon Nicholas | Updated

Shrek has now been a longtime beloved character for decades. Fans resonated with the ogres’ reclusive nature and crass but loveable personality. According to a tweet from reporter Nick Aresco, it seems like one fan has gone too far.

A heist has taken place in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Police in Hatfield, Massachusetts are on the hunt for a missing cement statue (via Gamespot). The kicker is that the statue in question is a 200-pound cement statue of Shrek.

The statue was taken from its home on Mountain Road in Hatfield. “The dragon sculpture he lives with is frustrated and lonely,” reported Hatfield police in a Facebook post. Any tips on the culprits or the statue’s whereabouts could help bring the statue back home.

There is a renewed interest in the Shrek franchise after the recent release of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Although originally a minor character, the Puss in Boots spinoff films have proven successful in their own right. Still, many fans can’t help but wish to see their favorite green ogre featured on the silver screen after what’s felt like a long hiatus.

The Shrek franchise has grown into a longstanding entity within the media. 2001’s animated comedy film was many fans’ introduction to the green grump. The movie is actually adapted from a 1990’s children’s book written by William Steig. 

The original movie spawned three sequels: Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After. These in turn led to two spinoffs: Puss in Boots and most recently 2022’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. In addition, the franchise has also had a television series, multiple video games, and multiple animated specials.

The latest entry into the Shrek franchise has created some excitement for what’s to come in the near future. Fans of the Shrek franchise will be ecstatic to know that NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shell has made a number of positive comments about more entries in the franchise. He even recently called Puss in Boots: The Last Wish “our entry back into the Shrek universe.”

It’s no surprise that Shell is interested in revisiting the Shrek franchise. The most recent film has been a commercial and critical success. It bodes well for future installments of the franchise.

The most recent film has grossed $341.3 million so far against a $90 million budget. Its Rotten Tomatoes score of about 95% isn’t too shabby either. The film’s success shows there’s still interest in the franchise.

The film recently was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated feature film. Ironically, the first Shrek made history in 2002 when it was the inaugural recipient of that same award after the creation of the animat d feature category. The franchise has a history of quality animated storytelling that still continues.

Shrek is known to engage in adventures that take him far away from his swamp. In this case, residents are hoping that the adventure is over soon so that they can enjoy the cement ogre’s presence once again. Hatfield local fans of the franchise may need to watch the recently released Puss In Boots: The Last Wish or revisit previous titles to get their fix of Shrek until the statue is found.