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The Gingerbread Man (better known by his nickname, Gingy) is a talking cookie character in the movies Shrek, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third. Also, he is set to appear in Shrek Forever After. He is derived from the children's story The Gingerbread Man.

Characteristics and personality

The Gingerbread Man was created by the Muffin Man. He is small and a fast runner, making him difficult to catch. He is made out of a normal carved-out gingerbread with icing and gumdrop buttons.

It should be noted that he is impatient. This can be seen in Shrek 2 and Shrek The Third. One example in Shrek 2 is when Pinocchio cannot move himself while he is freeing Shrek and the trio from prison, Gingy sighs immediately and goes down to help.

Gingy in the Shrek films

Shrek

In the film, Lord Farquaad broke off both of his legs to torture him and prevent him from running away. In the process, one of the legs was crumbled to pieces. At the end of the movie, the intact leg was reattached in stitches using frosting and Gingy used a candy cane as a crutch to make up for missing his other leg.

Shrek 2

Gingy becomes one of Shrek's best friends prior to the events of the film. By the beginning of the film, Gingy had obtained a replacement for that leg as well, also attached to his body with frosting. He and Shrek later persuaded the Muffin Man to bake up an enormous gingerbread man named Mongo, who breached the defenses of the castle in Far Far Away so Shrek could get inside. In the process, the castle guards dumped cauldrons of boiling milk onto Mongo, softening his arms to the point that they broke off when he pulled the drawbridge open. He fell into the moat surrounding the castle; Gingy tried to go back for him, but had to abandon him and carry on with Shrek's plan.

Shrek The Third

In the film, when threatened by Prince Charming and Captain Hook, Gingy's whole life flashes before him. This sequence shows that Gingy endured months of painful exercise and rehabilitation to make his new legs strong (with scenes lifted from the opening titles of The Six Million Dollar Man). It is also revealed that he was married (or had been at some point in the past) and could ride a small car (like Stuart Little), but made out of baked goods.. A bout of delirium caused him to begin singing "On the Good Ship Lollipop."He is captured shortly afterward and placed in deserted Bakery but is later freed by Donkey and Puss. He helps defeat Charming and the fairy tale villains at the end of the movie.

Shrek Forever After

Gingy is confirmed to appear in the film, with Conrad Vernon reprising for his voice. The film will be released in May 2010.

Shrek 5

Gingy will probably appear the final film set for release in 2013.

Shrek The Halls

In the TV special, it is revealed that Gingy's wife, Suzy, was eaten by Santa Claus; he has been afraid of Santa ever since.

Appearance in video games

  • Gingy appears as a default character in Shrek Super Slam where his slam is Peppermint Fury.
  • He was also in Shrek 2: The Game. His special was Cookie Toss.
  • Gingy appears as a racer in Shrek Smash and Crash. His personal item is the candy cane and his kart is the cupcake horse.


Musical

Gingy appears in Shrek the Musical, the 2009 Broadway adaptation of the first film. He is portrayed by a puppet who is operated and voiced by the actress playing the Sugar Plum Fairy. He is currently played by Haven Burton who originated the role.

Commercial appearances



Trivia

  • Gingy apparently loves his gumdrop buttons as he says in Shrek.



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