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
Farley's version of Shrek was completely different from Mike Myers' version. Farley's version was about Shrek not wanting to scare people but to be a knight. Fiona, originally voiced by Janeane Garofalo, was to be a brash and sarcastic character. See more »
"Lord Farquaad summons the Mirror to show him a princess he can marry (to become King of Duloc). The Mirror presents him with Cinderella, who is not a princess in her own right, so Lord Farquaad could not become King by marrying her. Of the choices named by the Mirror, only Snow White and Fiona are princesses."
Cinderella is one of the earliest Disney princesses, although not a princess by definition. This is a deliberate choice of the filmmakers, who are satirising fairy tales but Disney in particular. For example, Farquaad's character has been recognised as a jab at Michael Eisner, the CEO of the Disney Corporation when Shrek was filmed. See more »
[a fairytale book appears]
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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This is the only Shrek film to open with the DreamWorks Pictures logo; later films would have the DreamWorks Animation logo. See more »
The Blu-ray release adds some extra music cues to the score. For example, when Donkey sings "You Gotta Have Friends" to Shrek, an instrumental that wasn't there before is heard in the background. See more »