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Shrek

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Template:Infobox Movie Shrek is a computer-animated movie adaptation of William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture-book of the same name. It was released by DreamWorks SKG in May 2001. It was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, a category introduced in 2002. It was released on DVD on November 2 2001.

The name Shrek is taken from the Yiddish word שרעק (pronounced Shreck) meaning fear/terror.

The film features the voices of Mike Myers as a large green troublesome ogre named Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, Eddie Murphy as a talkative donkey, and John Lithgow as the vain Lord Farquaad.

The voice of Shrek was originally recorded by Chris Farley. After his death, Mike Myers was brought on to replace him. After Myers had completed providing the voice for the character and the movie was well into production, he asked to be allowed to re-record all of his lines in a "Scottish accent" similar to the one his mother used when she told him bedtime stories.

It was critically acclaimed as an animated film worthy of adult interest, with many adult-oriented jokes and themes but a simple enough plot and humor to appeal to children. It made notable use of pop music—the soundtrack includes music by Smash Mouth, The Proclaimers, Jason Wade, The Baha Men, and Rufus Wainwright.

The film was extremely successful on release in 2001 and it helped establish DreamWorks as a prime competitor to Walt Disney Pictures in the field of feature film animation, particularly in computer animation. Furthermore, Shrek was made the mascot for the company's animation productions.

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Plot

The story tells how the ogre Shrek is forced by Lord Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona from a dragon for Farquaad to marry. Along the way, Shrek befriends a talking Donkey, and falls in love with Fiona.

The film contains parodies of many fairytale stories and classic Disney films. Lord Farquaad's face visually resembles Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who fired current Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg from Disney in 1994.

Main Cast

Shrek - Mike Myers
Princess Fiona - Cameron Diaz
Donkey - Eddie Murphy
Lord Farquaad - John Lithgow

Songs and Performers

All Star - Smash Mouth
Meditation - Antonio Carlos Jobim
On the road again - Eddie Murphy
Welcome to DuLoc
Friends - Eddie Murphy
Bad reputation - Joan Jett
Whipped Cream - Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass
I'm on my way - The Proclaimers
Escape (Pina Colada Song)
Merry Men - Rupert Holmes
My Beloved Monster - Eels
Stay Home - Self
You Belong to Me Jason Wade
Best Years of our Lives - Baha Men
Hallelujah - John Cale
Like Wow - Leslie Carter
Try a Little Tenderness - Eddie Murphy
It is you (i have loved)- Dana Glover
I'm a believer - Smash Mouth

Sequels

  • Shrek 2 was released on May 19, 2004 and quickly overtook Disney's Finding Nemo as the highest grossing opening weekend for an animated feature.
  • Shrek 4 was announced on August 19, 2004 and is planned to bring back all the cast and be released in 2010.
  • Shrek 5, or a prequel to the first Shrek, is unannounced, but suspected from Katzenberg's statement, "Shrek 3 and 4 are going to reveal other unanswered questions and, finally, in the last chapter, we will understand how Shrek came to be in that swamp, when we meet him in the first movie. There is a reason he came to be there, but there is another chapter to the story before that."

Other media

Original story on which the film is based: Steig, Wiliam (1990). Shrek, Sunburst Paperback. ISBN 0-374-46623-8

Also several video game adaptations of Shrek have been published on various game console platforms.

External links

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