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After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, an ogre agrees to rescue a princess for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.

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Shrek (voice)
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Donkey (voice)
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Princess Fiona (voice)
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Lord Farquaad (voice)
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Monsieur Hood (voice)
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Ogre Hunter (voice)
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Ogre Hunter (voice)
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Bobby Block ...
Baby Bear (voice)
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Cody Cameron ...
Pinocchio / Three Pigs (voice)
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Old Woman (voice)
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Peter Pan (voice)
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Blind Mouse (voice)
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Storyline

When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret. Written by Film_Fan

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Rated PG for mild language and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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18 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,347,760 (USA) (18 May 2001)

Gross:

$267,652,016 (USA) (30 November 2001)
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Trivia

A fairy godmother was originally included in the movie, but was cut out in the beginning of the movie's production. She eventually appeared in Shrek 2 (2004) and would form a lasting impact across the film series (this is the only film that doesn't feature her at all). See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Shrek and Donkey meet the mascot, after the mascot is on the ground, while looking through the doorway, the mascot isn't colored. See more »

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[first lines]
[a fairytale book appears]
Shrek: [narrating] Once upon a time, there was a lovely princess. But she had an enchantment upon her of a fearful sort, which could only be broken by love's first kiss. She was locked away in a castle guarded by a terrible fire-breathing dragon. Many brave knights had attempted to free her from this dreadful prison, but none prevailed. She waited in the dragon's keep, in the highest room of the tallest tower, for her true love, and true love's first kiss.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen around Shrek as he starts his day:
  • the film's title and Mike Myers's name appear in the mud Shrek bathes with (appropriate considering Myers voices the title character)


  • when Shrek breaks the mirror with his smile, Eddie Murphy's name can be seen behind it


  • Cameron Diaz's name forms out of pond-scum


  • and when Shrek lifts up a snail, its larvae form John Lithgow's name before dissolving.


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Hallelujah
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Written by Leonard Cohen
Performed by John Cale
Courtesy of Menhir Music
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Good quality entertainment.
1 October 2004 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I'm not one of those persons who praises "Shrek" all the time as one of the greatest movies ever made, like many other persons seem to do. Quite frankly I never really understood what the hype was all about. But still you have to give credit to this movie, it's very entertaining and fun to watch over and over again.

A good sidekick is always important, especially in an animated movie. A good sidekick can make the movie better but a bad sidekick can really ruin a movie. "Shrek" doesn't have a good sidekick...it has an excellent sidekick! Donkey is a wonderful and entertaining character thanks to Eddie Murphy who voiced him. The other main voices are provided by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow.

Further more I would like to add that I absolutely love the character Pinocchio in this movie.

The story is told in a good way with a nice pace, I especially like how subtle some Disney movies and characters are spoofed. But for some reason I never really found the story in general that very appealing.

The movie is well animated and it shows that DreamWorks is a worthy competitor for Pixar.

The music is good and takes the movie to an higher level and I'm not just talking about the evergreen songs but also about the movie soundtrack by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams who know how to compose a good and fun score for animated movies.

Although it's getting more credit than it really deserves, it's still a fun and entertaining animated movie.

8/10

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