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Shrek 2 (2004)

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Shrek and Fiona travel to the Kingdom of Far Far Away, where Fiona's parents are King and Queen, to celebrate their marriage. When they arrive, they find they are not as welcome as they thought they would be.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Myers ... Shrek (voice)
Eddie Murphy ... Donkey (voice)
Cameron Diaz ... Princess Fiona (voice)
Julie Andrews ... Queen (voice)
Antonio Banderas ... Puss In Boots (voice)
John Cleese ... King (voice)
Rupert Everett ... Prince Charming (voice)
Jennifer Saunders ... Fairy Godmother (voice)
Aron Warner Aron Warner ... Wolf (voice)
Kelly Asbury ... Page / Elf / Nobleman / Nobleman's Son (voice)
Cody Cameron Cody Cameron ... Pinocchio / Three Pigs (voice)
Conrad Vernon ... Gingerbread Man / Cedric / Announcer / Muffin Man / Mongo (voice)
Christopher Knights Christopher Knights ... Blind Mouse (voice)
David P. Smith David P. Smith ... Herald / Man with Box (voice)
Mark Moseley ... Mirror / Dresser (voice)
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Storyline

Shrek (Mike Myers) has rescued Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), got married, and now is time to meet the parents. Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and King Harold (John Cleese) find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. It's not just the family who are unhappy. Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) returns from a failed attempt at rescuing Fiona, and works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), to try and find a way to get Shrek away from Fiona. Written by Film_Fan

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Rated PG for some crude humor, a brief substance reference and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the scene where King Harold and Queen Lillian are in talking in their bedroom, Queen Lillian is reading a book called "Kings Are from Mars, Queens Are from Venus" (a nod to the real-life book "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" by John Gray). See more »

Goofs

When Shrek and Fiona are in bed in the castle, she is lying on her left side. After Shrek gets up and opens her music box, he looks at her and it shows her rolling onto her left side. She was on her left side to begin with. See more »

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Prince Charming: Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, the king and queen were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, and throughout the land everyone was happy, until the sun went down, and they saw that their daughter was cursed with a frightful enchantment that took hold each and every night. Desperate, they sought the help of a fairy godmother, who had them lock the young princess away in a tower, there to await the kiss of the handsome Prince Charming. It was he who would chance the ...
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Crazy Credits

Stay through part of the credits to see what happens between Donkey and Dragon. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the UK version the voices of the Ugly Stepsister and Joan Rivers are not done by Larry King and Joan Rivers but two British TV presenters, Jonathan Ross and Kate Thornton. See more »

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Soundtracks

Holding Out for a Hero
Written by Dean Pitchford & Jim Steinman
Performed by Jennifer Saunders
Arranged and Produced by Harry Gregson-Williams
Co-Produced by Paul Oakenfold
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Respectable effort with a tough act to follow
23 April 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Shrek 2 has as much humor, talent, and fun as the original classic, and almost as much heart. The film picks up where Shrek left off, with Fiona and Shrek celebrating their marriage, but they are immediately cast into a new adventure when summoned to the land of Far Far Away (a clever parody of Hollywood), to the court of Fiona's mother and father, for a surprise royal wedding ball. The only problem, as it turns out, is that Fiona has married the wrong guy - according to everybody but Shrek, Fiona, and their friends.

The plot, revolving around this central problem, is helped along by nearly constant allusions to virtually every fairy tale in the English canon, and satirical references to many recent popular films. Unsatisfied with the combination of romantic comedy, Hollywood satire and self-parody, the film-makers' also went all out with a clever original soundtrack, making Shrek 2 as much of a musical as anything else.

The voice talent is just as essential as it was in the first film, and there's more of it, with John Cleese and Antonio Banderas giving very memorable performances. And the animation is, unsurprisingly, lovely.

To their credit, Dreamworks kept the core talent in place, but created a somewhat different formula for this film. Even though I expect most fans of the first film to adore the second, I am not sure Shrek 2 is going to make the franchise any new fans. Though more clearly made for adult audiences than the original, Shrek 2 is still warm-hearted family fare. As much as I DO recommend this film, and as entertaining as I think it will be for just about anybody, I don't consider Shrek 2 to be quite the classic Shrek was. It's touching and goofy, to be sure, but it's much more of a Hollywood film than the original, and it doesn't quite reach the same levels. Nevertheless, it is one of the better sequels I have seen, and it was definitely worth both the price of admission and a third or fourth viewing of the DVD.


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Release Date:

19 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$108,037,878, 23 May 2004

Gross USA:

$441,226,247

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$928,760,770
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