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Shrek and co. may have just been the subject of a once-in-a-lifetime photo spread by legendary photographer Ellen von Unwerth, but that doesn't mean execs at Dreamworks were happy with the results. "In hindsight the studio would have declined to have the characters participate" given how the pages turned out, a rep for the studio told Fox411.
The issue? Sources claim the photoshoot was too racy for the family-friendly 'toon. "I don't think Walt Disney would have allowed Snow White and Cinderella to appear in a magazine spread that made it look like they were about to participate in a menage a trois," NY Post film critic Kyle Smith said.
Not like Shrek movies are as innocent as Dreamworks may lay claim: "'Shrek' has always been the most adult-friendly animated film franchise out there, as appealing to parents as it is to kids," Moviefone Senior Editor Kevin Polowy told Fox. "The films are littered with double entendres and innuendos, so it's really not all that surprising to seem them push the envelope. They seem pretty harmless.”
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