The Shrek movies always have fun with fairy tale characters, so Shrek the Third turns some of fairyland's most famous princesses on their head as Fiona's cohorts. They also cast of the funniest women to voice them. Amy Poehler took an appropriately modern approach to Snow White.
The Princesses of Shrek the Third
"My modern day kind of take on her was that she was running a small business out of her house and so she had to be kind of a task-master," said Poehler. "She had a lot of people that she’s taking care of. Usually the story, Snow White is kind of a straight man to all of the hilarious dwarves."
As Rapunzel, Maya Rudolph created the ultimate ditzy blonde. I mean, there's a lot of blonde hair there. "She felt like a total character," said Rudolph. "It certainly wasn’t me, let’s put it that way. To me it was kind of just like dark, sort of. We did experiments. It was collaborative in that we experimented with different ideas and this is the one that we ended up doing. I kind of feel like everybody sounds a bit like themselves.”
Amy Sedaris got to play a Cinderella she felt was superior to the previous animated versions. "I feel honored to play Cinderella and have some flaws," she said. "That was the fun part. Cinderella gets to talk to herself and slap herself across the face.”
Likewise, Cheri Oteri's Sleeping Beauty took charge of her own destiny. "Women waiting for a guy to come kiss them, you know, I would have kissed myself if I could have so that I could have just gotten on with my life," Oteri said. "I think there’s a good message there. But you know how to filter it when you’re a kid. I mean, it’s just an image, the princess thing and waiting for the prince to come. That served its purpose and it’s beautiful. But I love the way these women are now.”