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The principal actors never met each other. They all read their parts separately, with a reader feeding them the lines. John Lithgow later admitted that, while he enjoyed playing Lord Farquaad, he was a little disappointed that he never actually worked directly with Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, or Eddie Murphy.
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The line "You're on your way to a smacked bottom" was improvised by Mike Myers after he got annoyed at one of the directors. He had also used this line a few years earlier while playing his Austin Powers character in the popular music video of Madonna's song 'Beautiful Stranger'.
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Mike Myers originally voiced Shrek with his natural speaking voice before the film was test-screened. Then he tried country Canadian accents for Shrek. However, after viewing a rough cut of the film, he felt that something was missing from his performance, and re-recorded all of his lines with a Scottish accent, based on the voice his mother used when reading him bedtime stories as a child. The original voice can still be heard in the technical goofs on the DVD. The decision to revoice Shrek in a Scottish accent ended up costing an additional $4 million, as it took him twenty sessions to complete the re-voiceover. It can also be stated that Shrek's accent is similar to the one Mike Myers uses for his character Fat Bastard in the Austin Powers series. This was his first voice performance in an animated film.
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Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek and even recorded almost all of the dialogue. However, after his death, the role was given to fellow Saturday Night Live (1975) performer Mike Myers. Shrek's "air quotes" in the film is an homage to Farley, whose character Bennett Brauer also used air quotes. A story reel featuring a sample of Farley's recorded dialogue was leaked to the public in August 2015.
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The song "All Star" by Smash Mouth, heard in the opening credits, was only a placeholder for test screenings until a new song could be found. But test audiences loved it, and the producers kept it in. When the producers decided to keep "All Star" they decided to let the band perform the last song in the movie, "I'm a Believer."
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Shrek received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Eddie Murphy says the Shrek series is among his best works.
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The scene where Princess Fiona burps was written after a recording session where Cameron Diaz burped after drinking Coca-Cola. Eddie Murphy improvised Donkey's response to Shrek, "She's as nasty as you are!"
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Eddie Murphy's BAFTA nomination for his voiceover performance was the first of its kind.
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Mike Myers was in New York City when they realized that the line "What are you doing in my swamp?!" had never been read. So producer Jeffrey Katzenberg flew to New York City, and had Myers read the line in the back of a limo.
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Alan Rickman was the initial casting choice for the role of Lord Farquaad. However, Rickman opted to portray the role of Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) instead. The role ultimately went to John Lithgow.
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The film's art director Douglas Rogers visited a magnolia plantation in Charleston, South Carolina to do research for the look of Shrek's swamp. He ended up getting chased by an alligator.
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There are 36 unique locations in Shrek - more than any other computer-animated film at the time.
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Mike Myers was hesitant about succeeding the role of Shrek from Chris Farley, due to them being friends and believing it was disrespectful to do so. But after thinking it over and the producers all telling Myers: "Can't we just settle this over a pint?", he decided to take on the role. And that line was eventually used in the final cut of the film
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Computer animation production started on the project on October 31, 1996, and took more than four and a half years to complete.
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When the fairytale creatures arrive at Shrek's swamp, you can see Papa Bear comforting Baby Bear at a fire... later in Lord Farquaad's castle, as he watches Fiona on the mirror you see Mama Bear as a rug, skinned and laying on the floor. Her ultimate fate, however, seems to be OK: she re-appears in the Video/DVD Karaoke scene, dancing with Papa and Baby Bears.
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"Shrek" means "monster" in Yiddish, and is derived from the German word "Schreck", which means "terror" or "fright".
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The effects department actually took mud showers to study how to realistically portray mud in the film.
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While Donkey is a hooved animal, his movements are based on dogs and rabbits.
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Steven Spielberg was originally going to produce the film in 1991, when he was in charge of Amblin Entertainment. Then, the film would have been in hand-drawn animation, and was going to star Bill Murray as Shrek and Steve Martin as Donkey.
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Prior to release, the movie was viewed by DreamWorks' lawyers, since there were concerns that Disney would sue over the movie's not-so-subtle satirical references to the company's films and theme parks.
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(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.
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Because the film took so long to make, DreamWorks were able to reference other films that weren't even made when the film was conceived. The Matrix (1999), for example.
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Janeane Garofalo was originally set to voice Princess Fiona but was summarily fired without explanation after the death of Chris Farley. To this day, Garofolo has no idea why she was let go.
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In an interview once Eddie Murphy joked that the movie Shrek, and his character Donkey, became so popular that had he died the year the movie was released newspapers would have probably used a picture of Donkey instead of Eddie Murphy.
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This film was the first winner for the inaugural Best Animated Film category of the Academy Awards 2001. The actual Oscar itself is now on display at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, donated by the recipient, producer Aron Warner.
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The song "I'm a Believer", which has become one of the series' theme songs, was chosen specifically because of the line "I thought love was only true in fairy tales."
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Robin Williams was going to have a role in the film, but he suffered a bitter falling-out with Jeffrey Katzenberg when Katzenberg was still working at Disney, and refused to work with him.
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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).
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Mike Myers actually read opposite his (then) wife Robin Ruzan when recording his lines for the climactic love scene at the end of the movie.
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The song "Welcome to Duloc", which is sung by the wooden dolls in the cabinet at the entrance to Duloc, is not only a parody of Disney's "It's a Small World", but is in the same key and has the same beats per minute (tempo) as the Disney song.
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Shrek became DreamWorks' mascot for the company's animated productions.
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Donkey and Fiona are the only characters to refer to Shrek by name in this film. Others would later do so in the other films.
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Eddie Murphy and Jeffrey Katzenberg have known each other since the beginning of their film careers. They promised that one day, they would do an animated film together, which culminated with this film. Katzenberg even recommended Murphy for the part of Donkey, and no-one else. He thinks its Murphy's best work.
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Shrek showering in mud and bathing in water were two of the hardest things to animate in the movie. Any scene involving fire also proved difficult.
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Just after release, DreamWorks started work on Shrek 2 (2004).
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Gingy, the Gingerbread Man, later became a mascot for Wal-Mart.
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The intent with Fiona was to create the most photorealistic CGI depiction of a human. Prior to this, people animated through CGI had a certain stiffness and the facial features remained a little blank. To this end, the animation team brought in a leading Hollywood beautician to tell them how she applied make-up to A-lister stars.
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The whole animation team from Antz (1998), DreamWorks' first animated movie, were recruited to work on Shrek.
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Over 1,000 fantasy characters invade Shrek's swamp at the beginning of the movie.
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William Steig, the writer of Shrek, also wrote a Children's book called "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" In which, a donkey has a magic pebble and, scared of a lion, wishes himself to be a boulder for protection. This is referenced in Shrek in Donkey's famous quote "I like that boulder, that is a nice boulder."
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Rumors abound that Lord Farquaad was based on former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. If the rumor is true, it could be a deliberate attack by his former partner Jeffrey Katzenberg, who worked on this film.
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Cameron Diaz, having undergone Kung Fu training during the making of Charlie's Angels (2000), became very physical when recording her kung fu moves for Fiona's fight with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, and at times even broke out into Cantonese.
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Co-director Andrew Adamson frequently found himself at loggerheads with Jeffrey Katzenberg over the film's adult jokes. Katzenberg thought that some of the more adult material was inappropriate for an animated film, Adamson disagreed. Adamson could be perceived as winning the argument as many critics liked the film for the fact that it didn't just pander to under-age audiences.
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An armor expert was brought in to show the animators a variety of armors that they could use as inspiration in the film. The animators tried on the armor, studied how they moved with the armor on, and also took turns flailing different swords.
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Donkey was the easiest character to sketch since no-one knew what a talking donkey would look like. He looked very different in the early drafts, more akin to Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.
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Storyboard artist Cody Cameron provided the voices for Pinocchio and the Three Little Pigs. In fact, several of the artists voiced the smaller characters for which they drew the scenes.
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The "Fairytale" theme that opens the film would become the theme music for DreamWorks Animation.
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Everything in Farquaad's castle is designed to be angular (no curves or bends) to heighten his evil nature.
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John Lithgow, who voices the dwarf Lord Farquaad, is considered one of Hollywood's tallest actors (he stands 6 feet 4 inches). Lithgow felt that was the joke of his casting.
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When Mike Myers came on board, he insisted on a complete script rewrite to remove any vestiges of Chris Farley's involvement. Myers didn't want to be influenced in any way by Farley's interpretation.
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In 2007, Jeffrey Katzenberg said that the film not only saved the company, financially speaking, but that it gave Dreamworks Animation an image that allowed them to make Madagascar (2005), Kung Fu Panda (2008), and How to Train Your Dragon (2010).
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When Donkey goes off alone in the castle in search of stairs, he mutters "I am the stair master." This same line was spoken by Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor (1996) after transforming into his character's alter ego, Buddy Love.
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In 2001 it became the first American animated film screened at Cannes film festival since Peter Pan (1953).
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Nicolas Cage was initially offered the role of Shrek but he turned it down because he did not want to look like an ugly ogre. In 2013, Cage admitted that he regrets the decision, and explained: "When you're drawn, in a way it says more about how children are going to see you than anything else, and I so care about that."
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Some viewers have complained that Robin Hood was English and should not speak with a French accent. It should be noted that in the film he is always referred to as "Monsieur Hood" and never as Robin.
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During a voiceover session, Cody Cameron suggested that Cameron Diaz marry him "... so you can become Cameron Cameron".
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Gaming hosts Jim Lange and Jimmy Fallon recorded the voice of the Magic Mirror (Lange in particular hosted The Dating Game (1965), which the Mirror parodies). Eventually, however, the Mirror was voiced by storyboard artist Chris Miller.
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An additional scene was storyboarded but never filmed that revealed Lord Farquaad's plan for Duloc. He wanted to turn the entire kingdom into something like a gigantic shopping complex. Another scene planned and scrapped was Fiona getting Shrek and Donkey lost on the way back to Duloc.
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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.
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The film's music editor provided the sound of the dragon 'burping' up Farquaad's crown.
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Shrek's outhouse has a crescent moon (the DreamWorks logo) on its door.

The filmmakers had planned to open the film with the DreamWorks logo fading into the outhouse door, but decided against it.
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Cameron Diaz has said that Princess Fiona's romantic/practical nature was more like her sister rather than herself.
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The first 2001 film to win the "Best Animated Feature" Oscar, beating out Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) and Monsters, Inc. (2001).
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Donkey annoying Shrek with his singing was one of the first scenes to be animated. The scene at Fiona's fortress was the second.
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The film also foreshadows Fiona's identity as something other than a normal human princess. For instance, at one point the trio walk through a bug-infested field, and Fiona uses a cobweb stretched between two branches to ensnare the bugs. She wraps the web up into a candyfloss-esque snack, which she passes to Shrek to eat. After she does this, she licks her fingers, hinting she shares Shrek's appetite for gross food not usually edible for humans. Later, she says his weed rat recipe is delicious and digs into it.
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Shrek saying to Donkey, "That'll do, Donkey, that'll do" is a reference to the 1995 film "Babe" about a farmer and his sheep herding pig.
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In 2020, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", making it the first DreamWorks Animation film to earn that honor. It was also the first animated feature film from the 21st century, the first PG rated animated feature film, the first non-Disney animated feature film, & the first non-Pixar computer animated feature film to be inducted.
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In the original pitch, Shrek was to be a knight and rescue Donkey from a wicked witch. Shrek also varied from Scottish to Canadian and then back to Scottish again.
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Shrek was adapted into a stage musical in 2008 with music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. The original cast included Brian d'Arcy James as Shrek, Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, Daniel Breaker as Donkey and Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad. A high definition recording of Shrek the Musical (2013) was released on DVD/Blu-Ray and on streaming in 2013.
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Loosely based on William Steig's fairytale picture book of the same name.
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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.
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Shrek was almost made in stop-motion animation, but early tests proved too costly and executives weren't pleased with the overall look and lack of facial expression in the main character. After live-action miniatures and motion-capture graphics also proved unsatisfactory, the studio went with computer-generated animation.
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1,250 props and environments were created in the computer for the first film.
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Raman Hui, supervising animator of Shrek, stated that Fiona "wasn't based on any real person." and he did many different sketches for Princess Fiona and had done over 100 sculptures of Fiona before the directors picked the final design.
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One of the most difficult parts of creating the film was making Donkey's fur flow smoothly so that it didn't look like a Chia Pet's fur. This fell into the hands of the surfacing animators who used flow controls within a complex shader to provide the fur with many attributes (ability to change directions, lie flat, swirl, etc.) It was then the job of the visual effects group, led by Ken Bielenberg, to make the fur react to environment conditions. Once the technology was mastered, it was able to be applied to many aspects of the Shrek movie including grass, moss, beards, eyebrows, and even threads on Shrek's tunic. Making human hair realistic was different from Donkey's fur, requiring a separate rendering system and a lot of attention from the lighting and visual effects teams.
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Donkey's appearance was based on Pericles ("Perry"), a miniature Donkey who lives in Barron Park, Palo Alto (California) - right in the neighborhood of the Pacific Data Images/DreamWorks animators.
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In the original script Dragon was going to have hair on her head and be more overweight so Donkey's flirting with her would have been more effective but test audiences didn't like the idea so the idea was removed from the final draft.
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Earlier in his film career, J.J. Abrams worked on this film (credited as Jeffrey Abrams) as part of the "Propellerheads", a computer animation group which was under contract by Jeffrey Katzenberg to develop animation for the film.
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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.
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A shot-for-shot remake, Shrek Retold (2018), was released on the internet in 2018. It has gained 2.8 million views on YouTube since March 2019.
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Voted number two in channel 4's (UK) "Greatest Family Films".
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According to Andrew Adamson, Shrek's height varies between seven and eight feet depending on who you ask. He was seven feet and since then he's grown in people's minds, and now he's usually referred to as eight feet.
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Early concept sketches of Shrek in the 1990s saw him living in a garbage dump near a human village called Wart Creek. Another version saw him living with his parents and keeping rotting fish in his bedroom.
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After Farley's passing, talks went around the studio about hiring an impersonator to finish the lines. At one point, Chris' brother Kevin Farley thought about finishing the rest of the lines, but didn't due to being too shook up from his brother's death.
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Kathleen Freeman's final feature movie before her death shortly four months later.
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Conflicting theories abound as to Donkey's origin: one theory states he parodies Winnie-the-Pooh's Eeyore (a melancholy donkey), and another theory states he is a human who was turned into a donkey (based on Pinocchio (1940), where bad boys ended up turning into donkeys).
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The opening storybook sets up the appearance of Fiona, as well as where she is being held and her curse, as well as, in a Freeze-Frame Bonus after Shrek tears the page out, the wedding at the end. Both of them, actually--Fiona and Farquaad's, then Shrek and Fiona's.
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Radio Disney was told not to allow any ads for the film to air on the station, stating, "Due to recent initiatives with The Walt Disney Company, we are being asked not to align ourselves promotionally with this new release Shrek. Stations may accept spot dollars only in individual markets." The restriction was later relaxed to allow ads for the film's soundtrack album onto the network.
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The character of Shrek is based on a figure of the same name in Russian folklore, dating as far back as 1200 CE.
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When Donkey and Shrek are looking up at the stars, Shrek points out the constellation "Bloodnok the Flatulent", a reference to the character Major Bloodnok, created by Spike Milligan and voiced by Peter Sellers in the 1950s BBC Radio program "The Goon Show".
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During the scene in which Shrek, Donkey and Fiona are isolated from each other, John Cale's 1991 cover of "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen plays. Before choosing "Hallelujah", directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson tried several other sad songs. Upon settling on "Hallelujah", they eventually decided that Cale's version was the best fit for the scene. However, rock musician Robbie Robertson, who was one of the people in charge of the film's soundtrack, forbade the usage of Cale's version on the soundtrack, due to Cale having no affiliation with DreamWorks Records. Instead, DreamWorks recording artist Rufus Wainwright was drafted to record the song for the soundtrack, but Cale's version was kept in the film itself, because Adamson considered Wainwright's version "too full" and "too rich", and felt that "the rawness of John Cale's version seemed to suit the character of Shrek a little better."
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Originally, Shrek was intended to have magenta skin, having been based on the ogres of Icelandic mythology, but this proved harder to render in CGI, so the color was switched to green.
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The list of fairytale characters in the movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves; the Wicked Witch of the West (or the East); The Three Bears; Pinocchio and Geppetto; the Three Little Pigs; Tinkerbell and Peter Pan; The Big Bad Wolf; The Pied Piper of Hamelin; The Gingerbread Man; Cinderella; the Three Blind Mice; Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Of all the fairytale characters Snow White, Pinocchio, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan and Cinderella are the only ones that are based off of Disney.
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The film marks Mike Myers' sixth performance with a Scottish accent, following Saturday Night Live (1975), Wayne's World 2 (1993), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), and as Fat Bastard in the last two Austin Powers movies.
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The dragon has a cookbook that includes "choice cuts" and the diagram of a knight chopped up.
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Monsieur Hood's Merry Men perform to Riverdance: The Show (1995).
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The film has 31 sequences, with 1,288 shots in every sequence total.
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Towards the end, Dragon knocks out the last pane of glass stained window. And all that remains is the dragon at the bottom.
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Producer John H. Williams first encountered the Shrek book when he found his children reading it.
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The only film in the Shrek franchise to not take place in Far Far Away.
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The knight that gives Donkey a mean stare is the same one that tried to capture him at the beginning.
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This is the only Shrek film where the main cast members names are shown at the beginning instead of the end.
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After working on the film for five years, co-director Kelly Asbury left the production to go work on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002). He was replaced by Vicky Jenson.
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During the "Ogres are like onions" scene, the sunflowers in the background are facing the sun, which is actually what sunflowers naturally do.
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After Shrek and Donkey defeat the knights at the tournament Shrek turns to the crowd and says, "Try the veal." This line is part of the line spoken by Sollozo to Captain McClusky when they met with Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).

Both lines come before a major character undergoes a life-changing moment.
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When the masked executioner, Thelonious, is singing, it is a direct reference to a "Stacker 2" commercial that the "WWF (World Wrestling Federation)" character Kane (Glenn Jacobs), who also wears a mask, appears singing karaoke.
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When Magic Mirror was introducing Fiona, one of his lines was "She likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain." That was a nod to Cameron Diaz's movie The Sweetest Thing, which is the song she sang in the movie with Christina Applegate.
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Tom Bosley and Marion Ross were slated to voice Shrek's parents in the original Chris Farley version of the film.
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Planned characters not used in the film include Goldilocks and Sleeping Beauty. The latter of which would make it into Shrek the Third (2007).
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Shrek means "monster" in Yiddish and is derived from the German word "Schreck" which means "terror" or "fright".
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Though Shrek bears a striking whole-body resemblance to the late wrestler Maurice Tillet ("The French Angel"), DreamWorks has neither confirmed or denied the rumor that Shrek was modeled on Tillet.
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The only Shrek movie that hadn't been in production for only three years, but rather four to five years, having gone through multiple production obstacles.
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After rescuing Fiona, Shrek sarcastically asks her if she was expecting Prince Charming. This foreshadows the second and third films of the series as Charming serves as a main villain in those films.
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The second DreamWorks Animation's computer-animated film as well as the second one to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Antz (1998).
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Linda Hunt was slated to voice a character, Dama Fortuna in the original Chris Farley version. Her character became the Fairy Godmother, voiced by Jennifer Saunders.
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Lord Farquaad uses the lowercase 'F' ("small" f) as his flag. This is a reflection of his small stature.
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Around the time of Shrek Forever After, McDonald's had released a promotion of Shrek themed glasses with a purchase of a meal. However, shortly after being released, they were recalled due to the metal cadmium being detected in the decorative paint used for the images on the cups.
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Shrek has become the subject of several internet memes; these range from the infamous 'Shrek is love, Shrek is life' post on 4Chan to re-edits of the entire Shrek movie, i.e. 'Shrek but every time he smiles it gets 5% faster'. These edits quickly gained momentum in 2016 after Bee Movie, another DreamWorks Animation film, gained renewed attention as a meme subject to absurdist editing.
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Farquaad's tourney has strange events such as horse wrestling and a drinking contest.
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Tom Kenny was going to voice a mugger in the original Chris Farley version. His character was going to insult Shrek's mother, in which Shrek then pulls on the rope the mugger was hanging from and sends him soaring into the night sky.
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This is the third, and so far the last, DreamWorks animated film (and the only film in the Shrek series) to have Harry Gregson-Williams team up with John Powell to compose the score (after Antz (1998) and Chicken Run (2000)). Powell was left out to compose scores for later Shrek films with John H. Williams due to a conflict.
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The third computer-animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA after Antz (1998) and Dinosaur (2000).
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Second Cameron Diaz movie where her love interest was green. The Mask (Cameron's movie debut) was the first.
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The job of composing the score was offered to David Newman, but he turned it down because of his work on Ice Age (2002).
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Farquaad sending Shrek to save Fiona for him to get his swamp back could be a parody of the Wizard of Oz, as Oz would only grant Dorothy and her friend's wishes by killing the Witch of the West. Unlike the Wizard, Farquaad was honest as he got the swamp cleared for Shrek as agreed, although he threatened to change his mind.
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In the scene where everyone is lining up with their magical creatures for sale, the woman that has Donkey is voiced by Kathleen Freeman. At one point she says "No! No!". This is said exactly the same in the 1980 film Blues Brothers where she plays a nun, and Jake offers to get her money to save the orphanage and she says "No! No! I will not take your..."
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Merchandise for the movie includes baby mobiles, Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona figures.
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Fiona uses a leaf as a hot pad when picking up the stone she used to cook eggs from the bird she made explode.
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Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow have all appeared in projects where they played multiple characters: Myers in the Austin Powers movies, Murphy in The Nutty Professor movies, and Lithgow in 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996). Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy also wore fat suits in the movies where they played multiple characters. Mike Myers did so for the character Fat Bastard in Austin Powers 2 and 3 and Eddie Murphy did so in at least the first Nutty Professor movie.
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This film is considered the Anti-Disney film since despite being a film based on his book also parodies Disney movies since Pinocchio appears (a character who already had his film from Disney) or sleeping beauty (also from Disney) or also Shrek joking of a book of princess at beginning of the movie
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The film is best rated in the Latin version due to many things, for example, they perfectly expressed the humor of the film, got best jokes of the film, the actors of the film in the Latin version surpassed many more than English and even Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez wrote the script for the Spanish version with a lot of joke together with his friend Gus to adapt it and turn it into the best Latin Spanish film.
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John Lithgow's first CGI Film
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One of the single girls the magic mirror suggests to Farquaad is Snow White who is from the same fairy tale.
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The scene in which Shrek carries Fiona over his shoulder in the forest. Also references Gilligan's Island It's a Bird, It's a Plane, it's Gilligan.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2004 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 America's Greatest Music in the Movies for the song "I'm a Believer."
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The part where Shrek carries Fiona over his shoulder. Also references Gilligan's Island Beauty Is as Beauty Does.
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Donkey is similar to Grady from the show Sanford and Son.
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Farquaad's executioner is seen breaking a mirror. According to a famous superstition breaking a mirror supposedly causes 7 years bad luck.
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The scene in which Shrek carries Fiona over his shoulder in the forest. References The Goonies (1985).
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The scene in which Shrek carries Fiona over his shoulder in the forest. Also references Gilligan's Island Our Vines Have Tender Apes.
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The scene in which Donkey is told to look for a blue flower with red thorns. References Gilligan's Island Topsy Turvy.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Mike Myers improvised numerous lines in the film, including when he addresses the guests at Fiona and Farquaad's wedding.
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The original script had Princess Fiona born an ogre to the late King and Queen of Duloc. They had her locked in the tower under the lie that she was "of such rare beauty" she was kidnapped. They died, and the kingdom was left under the rule of an ambitious regent (implied to be Farquaad). When she 'became of age' to ascend the throne she escaped the tower and encounters a witch named Dama Fortuna - who has narrated the entire sequence through her tarot cards. She gave Fiona a potion which would make her beautiful; but warned her the potion had a side effect - she would change between her human and ogress form until she found her true love. Later she was whisked away by her dragon guardian and returned to the tower. This storyline was not adapted to keep the story simple, but is mentioned through the "witch" Fiona tells Donkey about.
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Fiona's capture was storyboarded but never filmed. It was instead revealed over the course of the series.
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The first film from DreamWorks Animation where the main villain dies.
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The film heavily parodies fairy-tales in general. But it also explicitly pokes fun at Disney's movies, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Sleeping Beauty (1959), and it sometimes directly parallels Beauty and the Beast (1991). Additionally, DreamWorks Animation (the rights holders of the Shrek films) was bought for $4 billion US by NBC Universal, longtime rival to The Walt Disney Company, in 2016. Walt Disney used to work for Universal Studios the 1920s and 1930s and created Oswald Rabbit for them.
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When climbing up the fiery mountain to rescue Princess Fiona, Donkey says "My mouth was open and everything" when Donkey thought Shrek passed wind. Eddie Murphy (Donkey) had used the same line in his stand-up comedy movie Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983) when he mentioned "You could fart in your friend's face while watching the game, he don't care..."
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The film borrows a few ideas from Disney films. Examples include: Fiona singing with a blue bird, which is a parody of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Shrek and Donkey gazing at the stars is a parody of The Lion King, where Simba is taught about the great kings of the past; Fiona becoming a permanent ogre via mist is a parody of Beauty and the Beast where Beast returns human; and Donkey flying is a parody of Peter Pan and Dumbo.
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