Big middle finger to the fairy tales. The pop-culture approach on the classic tales really benefited Dreamworks to distinguish from the Disney style, creating a monster franchising able to grant them a place on the animation studios first class.
If Woody Allen had grown up on a diet of MAD magazine and Beavis and Butthead, instead of classic film and literature, he might have made this similarly hyper referential movie...good for a laugh, and it does contain John Cale's rendition of Hallelujah, but I've never really been one for toilet humor...not that that's all this film's got going for it, there are some genuinely clever jokes here...
A fun reinvention of fairy-tale cliches, characters and a cool dragon to "slay". Fun dialogue and slapstick humor, but the outcome is never surprising and why do always the comedic sidekick has to be voiced by an Afro American? Some dialogue not the best for the smallest children in the family and the Gingerbread Man's fate can be scary torturing stuff for some.
Back then, I used to like this movie quite a bit and it was a big deal back in its deal. Why it was, I'll never know because having revisited the movie post Shrek 4, it really isn't that good. Maybe I was so tainted by the last two that my opinion drastically shifted. The only good thing that came out of this was it gave Andrew Adamson a chance to direct and he went on the make the great Narnia movies. Overall, meh.