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Paramount Responds To Controversial ‘Shrek’ Photo Spread

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When cartoon characters are used for sexually provacative material, the effect is usually an incongruous mess like Cool World, the 1992 film which featured Kim Basinger as an animated vixen who seduces Brad Pitt. The three Shrek movies have steered clear of that strange animated territory, which makes Paramount’s decision to allow the characters to be used for a sexually provocative Calvin Klein-like photo spread in the latest issue of VMan magazine all the more bizarre. The controversial photo shoot, that was done to promote the upcoming fourth installment, Shrek Forever After, has, so far, garnered more attention than the film itself. A Paramount spokesman released a statement that said:

While we do respect Vman’s creative vision, the shoot did not turn out the way originally envisioned when the idea was first presented by the magazine. In hindsight, we would have declined to include the Shrek characters in such a magazine spread.

Unless the new Shrek movie is an animated version of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, I think they may have jumped the shark on this one. The rest of the images from the Vman spread (including a disturbing shot of Puss in Boots being fed grapes by an eager male model) are included below.

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