Shrek was made in 2001 and is a American computer-animated fantasy comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. Loosely based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek!. Shrek stars Mike Myers as a big, strong, solitude-loving, intimidating ogre named Shrek; Cameron Diaz as the beautiful, feisty, but very down-to-earth Princess Fiona; Eddie Murphy as the talkative Donkey; and John Lithgow as the villain Lord Farquaad. Commercially successful on release in 2001, it helped establish DreamWorks as a prime competitor to Pixar in the field of feature film animation, particularly in computer animation. The film's success also made DreamWorks Animation create three sequels: Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After. There was also a Christmas special called Shrek the Halls and a Halloween special called Scared Shrekless. Furthermore, Shrek was made the mascot for the company's animation productions. It was critically acclaimed as an animated film worthy of adult interest, with many adult-oriented jokes and themes but a simple enough plot and humor to appeal to children. It
Release Date: May 18, 2001
Writer: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Roger S.H. Schulman, Joe Stillman, William Steig
Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Producer: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Aron Warner, John H. Williams, Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins
Cast: John Lithgow, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Jim Cummings, Chris Miller, Kathleen Freeman, Peter Dennis, Clive Pearse, Bobby Block, Cody Cameron, Michael Galasso, Christopher Knights
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I laughed my head off with the exploding bird. This is an excellently told unconventional fairy tale. I love how it constantly makes fun of Disney. Much of the humor in this is actually quite adult, but is presented in such a way that little kids wouldn't even understand any of it. Despite some of the adult humor I feel this movie is worth seeing at least once if your into unconventional fairy tales. Or if you want to see Disney get ripped on. Love it!February 21st, 2011 · Details
One day, there might be a kids' film that doesn't rely on flatulence jokes and other vulgar humor to get laughs. But until that day comes, at least we can delight in something like "Shrek" in spite of its reliance on lowest-common-denominator gags. However, the fact that this computer-animated comedy-adventure can amuse at all is surprising, considering just how crude it is at times. (For one thing, the film features some very suggestive jokes that, thankfully, only adults will understand.) Still, as low as some of the humor stoops, it can't spoil this imaginative, often clever film. Like last summer's sleeper hit "Chicken Run" (which came from the same studio, DreamWorks), the amount of sheer invention that's gone into this film and its semi-realistic animation style is astonishing. And if that isn't enough, once the movie gets rolling, it's hilarious, with a worthwhile message about not judging others by their appearance, which should win over even the most easily offended audiences. Besides, it should be noted that some of the film's gross-out gags are in keeping with the tone of its source material, author William Steig's popular children's book about the title character (voiced by Mike Myers), an ornery ogre who lives in a swamp. He's happy to live in solitude, but unfortunately for him, that's about to end. First, he gains a new "best friend," a talking donkey named, ironically enough, "Donkey" (Eddie Murphy). Next, he finds that his humble abode has been overrun by fairy-tale creatures who have been displaced by the tyrannical Prince Farquaad (John Lithgow). So Shrek heads off to the prince's castle, though he doesn't find the warmest reception there. Nevertheless, Shrek vanquishes Farquaad's troops and manages to strike a deal with the prince: He'll return Shrek's swamp to him, but only if he manages to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), who's being held captive in a tower. Easier said than done. Not only is the princess being guarded by a dragon, but there are other complications not the least of which is that there seem to be some sparks between the brutish hero and the petite princess. The film's irreverent tone clearly shows the influence of its two main screenwriters, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio ("Aladdin," "The Road to El Dorado"), who have loaded it with blink-and-you'll-miss-them gags and parodies (including jabs at competitors, especially Disney). And while much of the praise should go to them and co-directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, the cast is having a good time, which helps. Myers isn't nearly as insufferable as usual when he plays the straight man (and when you don't actually have to see him), while Diaz's funny turn shows she's more than just a pretty face. However, as Shrek's sidekick, Murphy steals the show from both of them (it's abundantly clear that several of his best bits are improvised). "Shrek" is rated PG for crude sight gags and humor, animated violence (most of it slapstick) and brief, mild profanity. Running time: 87 minutes. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgAugust 24th, 2004 · Details