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
Although Antz (1998) was the first computer animated film produced by DreamWorks, it was Shrek (2001) that established the studio as a major name in the field, alongside its main competitor, Pixar. See more »
The door to Shrek's swamp opens inwards in some scenes and outwards in others and is stopped by the frame each time. It should only be able to open one way. 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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The film opens and closes using the famous "Disney Fairytale" storybook method; however the film makes fun of this approach by having Shrek tear a page out and use it as toilet paper. See more »
Mike Myers originally recorded Shrek's lines without a Scottish accent, and only later convinced the producers to let him go back and re-recorded the character with the accent. Examples of his original, unaccented dialogue can be heard during the technical goofs feature on the DVD. See more »
Beautifully computer-animated fairy tale: a gentle morality play, very skillfully done.
I'm an old dude, 75 to be exact, and in my working days I was everything from a mainframe programmer to a HiTech startup Tech Admin. This sentence is here only to show why I am interested in the productions of Dreamworks and, of course, Pixar. Coming from a computer background permits me to be very, very impressed with the wonderful skill and creativity that go into making movies such as Shreck.
Now then: The movie itself is marvelous! The characters are gentle and funny; there is no gratuitous violence; there are innuendos, of course, but skillfully done in a way that the "libretto" if you will can be "read" at least two levels. The story line itself is charming, and the ending is a real, nifty surprise!
I add here that I've watched this with my younger G_Kids, who loved it; and also with my bride of fifty years, who loved it.
It is in all ways in a class with the best that Mr. Jobs has so far produced, which is saying a great deal.
HIGHLY recommended as good, funny, charming entertainment for a whole bunch of ages.
Nick Fortis Los Altos California
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