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Shrek (2001)

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A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Myers ... Shrek (voice)
Eddie Murphy ... Donkey (voice)
Cameron Diaz ... Princess Fiona (voice)
John Lithgow ... Lord Farquaad (voice)
Vincent Cassel ... Monsieur Hood (voice)
Peter Dennis Peter Dennis ... Ogre Hunter (voice)
Clive Pearse ... Ogre Hunter (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Captain of Guards (voice)
Bobby Block Bobby Block ... Baby Bear (voice)
Chris Miller ... Geppetto / Magic Mirror (voice)
Cody Cameron Cody Cameron ... Pinnochio / Three Pigs (voice)
Kathleen Freeman ... Old Woman (voice)
Michael Galasso Michael Galasso ... Peter Pan (voice)
Christopher Knights Christopher Knights ... Blind Mouse (voice)
Simon J. Smith Simon J. Smith ... 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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Taglines:

The greatest fairy tale never told. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,347,760, 20 May 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$267,665,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$484,409,218
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Shrek compares ogres to onions, saying they both have layers. This refers to the Henrik Ibsen play 'Peer Gynt', where the title character declares himself an onion for similar reasons. See more »

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When Shrek sits to eat his meal he has a slug on the left-hand side of his plate facing towards him. When he is invaded by the Three Blind Mice the slug is suddenly facing the other way. 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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Scenes storyboarded but not filmed (available as "Deleted Scenes" on the DVD): "Fiona Gets Them Lost" where Fiona causes a cave-in when she finds out Shrek is only acting on Farquaad's behalf. They go through tunnels and briefly glimpse various Disneyland characters. "The Deal": Farquaad makes the bargain with Shrek whereby Shrek will rescue Princess Fiona in exchange for the deed to the swamp "Fiona's Backstory": Fiona escapes her prison and meets Bib Fortuna, who offers her a choice of potions; one to give her beauty or one to give her happy-ever-after. She chooses beauty thinking this will lead to happiness (see also trivia). See more »

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2 December 2003 | by jaywolfenstienSee all my reviews

Shrek is one hell of an animated ride, and right when you're certain you know where to expect the next gag it one ups you. If you need a reason to see Shrek, here is that reason: imagine Eddie Murphy as an annoying not to mention obnoxious talking donkey. Yeah. Eddie Murphy gives Robin Williams a serious run for his money in terms of greatest animated side kick. From there we get Mike Myers voicing a big green ogre, who plays off Eddie Murphy with perfect comedic timing like the two were meant to do this film together.

Shrek is merciless in its humor. Targeting everything from fairy tales to Disney films to narrative clichés to bad puns, sliding in its own commentary, all the while giving the typical fantasy story a few modern twists and turns to deliver a strangely original unoriginal story with original unoriginal characters . . . that doesn't make sense, but Shrek does, does it well, and doesn't care. And you never know where this humor is going to come from, either – either visual gag, musical nod, or spoken dialogue. All three provide their share of narrative and commentary to the concepts in Shrek.

I think the beauty of Shrek is it's taken the typical fairy tale (which all of us have heard), and it answers the silly 'what if . . .' and 'why don't they ever . . .' questions we tend to ask. But that's not the core of the story - the core of this story is the friendship between Shrek and Donkey, which works in a funny goofball, but touching and unique way. If the audience can buy into Shrek and Donkey's relationship to one another, then they can believe entire film (which more or less focuses on the adventure the two share together). True, Shrek has a love theme . . . but it's Donkey and Shrek who sustain the film through most of the picture.

As for Cameran Diaz and John Lithgow, while not on screen as much as our two heroes, still play an important role. I wouldn't want to downplay Lithgow and Diaz who do bring their respective characters to life, but Shrek is a tale about an enduring friendship with a romance story on the side.


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