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Shrek As An Aggie

We’re reimagining characters from the DreamWorks film Shrek in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the movie’s release!

By Rachel Knight ‘18

Shrek, a modern classic in animated films, turns 20 this year. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, the College of Liberal Arts is reimagining some of the movies’ main characters as liberal arts students. Join us in taking a trip down memory lane and imagining Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, and others as Aggies!


Gif of Shrek telling Donkey, "No! Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers."

Major: Philosophy
Shrek’s thoughts are like onions: you have to peel them back one layer at a time. That’s why he chose to study philosophy from professors like Claire Katz at Texas A&M University. 


Gif of Donkey smiling and blinking innocently.

Major: Communication
While Donkey is best known for his fast and funny speech pattern, his true passion is studying communication at Texas A&M. His love for Dragon challenged him to learn more about nonverbal communication, but it was really his love of being heard and understood that led him to study under professors like Nathan Crick.


Gif of Fiona in human form getting ready for a fight.


Major: Psychological and Brain Sciences
After realizing she’s happiest as an ogre, Fiona decided to learn more about human behavior and the brain. She’s learning from professors like Bisi Atoba by day and practicing what she learns through service learning projects by night.


Gif of Dragon making googly eyes at Donkey.

Major: English
Dragon decided to study the portrayal of dragons in English fairy tales at Texas A&M after realizing only one side of her personality is typically depicted in classic stories. Now, she’s learning from professors like Vanita Reddy.

Puss in Boots

Gif of Puss in Boots making sad or begging eyes.

Major: Performance Studies
Puss in Boots learned early how to play the “cute kitten” role. Now, he’s learning to perfect his craft and is exploring topics like costuming under professors like Rayna Dexter.

Gingerbread Man

Gif of Gingerbread Man from Shrek saying, "The only thing you're gonna ever be king of is king of the stupids!"

Major: Political Science
After one interaction with Lord Farquad, Gingerbread Man decided to learn more about political science and government at Texas A&M. Now, he’s learning from professors like Dwight Roblyer


Gif of Mirror in Shrek getting ready to talk to Lord Farquad.

Major: Sociology
When you’re asked questions like , “Mirror, mirror on the wall, is this not the most perfect kingdom of all,” you need to know a thing or two about society to be able to answer. That’s why mirror chose to study sociology under professors like Samuel Cohn.