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Shrek (2001)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  18 May 2001 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shrek (voice)
Donkey (voice)
Princess Fiona (voice)
Lord Farquaad (voice)
Monsieur Hood (voice)
Ogre Hunter (voice)
Ogre Hunter (voice)
Bobby Block ...
Baby Bear (voice)
Cody Cameron ...
Pinocchio / Three Pigs (voice)
Old Woman (voice)
Michael Galasso ...
Peter Pan (voice)
Simon J. Smith ...
Blind Mouse (voice)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Шрек  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


[June 2008] Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Animation", the only non-Disney or Pixar film on the list. See more »


Shrek makes jokes about Lord Farquaad's height even though he just learned of Farquaad's existence, and never saw him anywhere before except on a balcony. However, Donkey could have heard about Farquaad's height before, and told Shrek about it during their quest. See more »


[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

SPOILER: The Ss in the "DreamWorks SKG" logo turn green and pop out ogre-like ears. This hints at Fiona's nightly transformation into an ogre. See more »


Spoofs Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel and Newton Mendonca
Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Courtesy of Verve Records
Under licence from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Shrek is a delight for all ages!
12 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shrek is a movie like no other. It stands alone in its appeal to people of all ages and in its presentation of comedy, romance, and creative story line. Shrek is a delightful comedy about a crude ogre, an energetic princess, a witty donkey and an uptight ruler. The movie has a brilliant story line, following the path of an initially moody ogre as he discovers friendship and love all in the face of hysterical comedy. The story line is layered for different levels of understanding; it is an enjoyable film for people of all ages. One clever tool Shrek uses to humor the audience is its spoof on other fairy tales. In one scene, Princess Fiona's singing causes a bluebird to explode. And in another scene, the Magic Mirror's description of Snow White is "She may live with seven men, but don't be fooled, she's not easy." While these subtle comedic lines amuse adults, it is the simple humor, such as the movie opening with the ogre sitting in a swamp "farting," that amuses children. The amazing cast of Shrek, including Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers does a great job of living up to their comedic expectations. Shrek has something for everyone; it is a great animated tale that is wonderful for adults and children alike.

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