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Shrek 2 (2004)

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Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres.

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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)
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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 has rescued Princess Fiona, got married, and now is time to meet the parents. Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. It's not just the family who are unhappy. Prince Charming returns from a failed attempt at rescuing Fiona, and works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother, 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$108,037,878, 23 May 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$436,471,036, 22 August 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$919,838,758, 25 November 2011
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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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