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Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. It is loosely based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek!, and also somewhat serves as a children’s parody film, targeting other films adapted from various children’s’ fantasies (mainly Disney films). Shrek stars Mike Myers as a big, strong, solitude-loving, intimidating ogre named Shrek; Cameron Diaz as the beautiful, feisty, but very down-to-earth Princess Fiona; Eddie Murphy as the talkative Donkey; and John Lithgow as the villain Lord Farquaad. The film made notable use of popular music; the soundtrack includes music by Smash Mouth, Eels, Joan Jett, The Proclaimers, Jason Wade, The Baha Men, and Rufus Wainwright (covering Leonard Cohen). When Steven Spielberg bought the rights to the book in 1991, before the founding of DreamWorks, he thought about making a traditionally animated film based on the book. However, John H.
With WWF-style wrestling, vivid color schemes, a scary ogre who's not that scary, psychological evaluation by a talking donkey, loads of humor, and a simple and straightforward plot, Shrek zings along, providing fun and thrills at every turn. But the real treasure lies in Shrek's ability to subtlety poke fun at the mega-mouse corporation of Disney en route to providing a quick 85 minutes of pure entertainment. Torturing the Gingerbread Man? I'm sold.
Shrek plays out much like the fairy tales it sends up. In a faraway land called Duloc, a lonely ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) lives in the swamp. Duloc's heartless ruler Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) is rounding up all of the fantastic creatures in his kingdom, interring them in Shrek's swamp. Peeved, Shrek attempts to get Farquaad to cart away the nuisance fairytale creatures, and after proving his strength by defeating all of the Lord's men in a WWF melee, the Lord strikes a deal with Shrek to rescue a princess (Cameron Diaz) whom he needs to marry in order to become king of Duloc. The only problem is that the princess is stuck in a castle surrounded by a fierce dragon. Shrek agrees, and along with his trusty donkey steed (Eddie Murphy), they venture to the castle, save the princess, defeat a band of Riverdancing merry men, and... well you know the rest.
The film's cleverness lies in both its jaw-dropping animation and its quick script (which was written and re-written by four screenwriters). As road-tripping stars, Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers are the new Hope and Crosby of computer animation, fun throughout their journey.
As mentioned, the movie is chock full of Disney-bashing from its theme parks to its cuddly characters and ridiculous takes on every fairy tale creature out there -- from the Three Blind Mice to Pinocchio. The best part of Shrek, though, is the unbelievable computer animation that includes gorgeous landscapes full of trees blowing the wind, detailed character movements, realistic shadowing and lighting from torches and candles, and amazing water ripples.
Shrek will find broad appeal in a wide range of audiences -- from short-attention-span-stricken kids to cynical teenagers to over-stimulated adults. The animation is fabulous, the humor is sharp, and in the end, don't we all love green ogres who use farting and belching as a sign of affection?
Dreamworks goes all-out on the special edition DVD release of the film, with two discs full of junk to entertain adults and kids. The commentary track and documentaries are a little snoozy and repetitive -- my favorite bit is the goof reel, which features technical glitches that make the donkey overly fuzzy or the king's hair go bananas. Now that's comedy, folks. Recommended.
My donkey can fly higher than your donkey.