Shrek Forever After

Question: Why did the king and queen disappear when the king signed the contract? The deal was that Fiona will be saved from the curse if he did - but Fiona wasn't saved at all. Was the contract void from something?

Chosen answer: Rumpelstiltskin used a contract that 'made all their problems disappear'. He didn't reference any specific problem and the king and queen assumed it would cure the curse. However, it just makes the king and queen disappear, and since they have disappeared, they will no longer have any problems.

Question: What happened then to Prince Charming or Fairy Godmother? In Shrek 2, they did mention that it was the Fairy Godmother who cursed Fiona. So how come Prince Charming never rescued her instead of Shrek (since he was never born in Rumpelstiltskin's timeline)? The King and Queen may have disappeared but at least Prince Charming could have still saved her.

Chosen answer: It is not known why it took Charming so long to rescue Fiona. She was in the tower for several years. Shrek 2 picked up after she was rescued and it was too late for Charming. Since Shrek was never born and Charming was so late, I would think there was nothing from stopping the King and Queen from signing the deal with Rumplestiltskin. The deal was for Fiona to be rescued from the tower in exchange for the Kingdom. He never said "who" rescued her. She rescued herself. It was a trick from the beginning. Not sure of their whereabouts after the deal. Fairy Godmother probably could not change the alternate reality if she did not know what happened to everyone.

Question: In the beginning, the king and queen are shown riding in a carriage. However, before watching this movie, I viewed Shrek 3 where the king had turned into a frog and died. If he died in 3, how did he come back to life in this movie? This was before the king and queen signed any contract and vanished, so magic was not involved in his being alive.

Chosen answer: It was stated in this scene that Fiona was rescued from the tower, meaning this scene took place at the same time as Shrek 1, when the King was still alive.

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Mistakes

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The flute solos played by the Pied Piper were played by Jeremy Steig, a well-known jazz flutist. He is also the son of William Steig, the author of the original Shrek books.

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