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Shrek
Directed by Andrew Adamson
Vicky Jenson
Produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg
Aron Warner
John H. Williams
Written by
  • Ted Elliott
  • Terry Rossio
  • Joe Stillman
  • Roger S. H. Schulman
Narrated by Mike Myers
Starring Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
John Lithgow
Vincent Cassel
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
John Powell
Editing by Sim Evan-Jones
Studio DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures (through Universal Pictures)
Release date(s) May 18, 2001 (2001-05-18)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million
Money made $484,409,218[1]

Shrek is an animated movie based upon William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book called Shrek!. The name Shrek likely comes from the Yiddish word שרעק (pronounced Shreck) or the German word Schreck. Both words mean "fear" or "terror".[2] It was directed by Andrew Adamson and animated by DreamWorks Animation SKG from 1998-2001. It was the first movie to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, a category introduced in 2001 . It was released on DVD on November 2, 2001. There have also been three sequels (follow-ups) of Shrek, called Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third and "Shrek, forever after."

Story[change | change source]

Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a green ogre who always loves living peacefully in the swamp. However, he finds many fairytale creatures disrupting his privacy. This is because of the order by Lord Farquaad (voiced by John Lithgow). Shrek goes along with Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) to ask Farquaad to give his privacy back. Farquaad wants to be King by marrying Princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) to be Queen.

Farquaad orders Shrek and Donkey to travel for Fiona and bring her to Farquaad. After trying to get Fiona from the castle, Fiona is happy that she is rescued, but soon becomes sad that the knight is an ogre. Shrek forces Fiona to travel with him and Donkey, with Shrek and Fiona finding they have more in common with each other along the way, and falling in love. However, at night, Fiona refuses to camp with them, taking shelter in a nearby cave until morning. Shrek and Donkey stay awake and watch the stars while Shrek informs Donkey that he plans to build a 10 foot wall around his swamp when he returns. When Donkey persistently asks Shrek why he is doing this, Shrek sadly confesses to him that everyone judges him before they know him; therefore, he feels he is better off alone, despite Donkey's admittance that he did not immediately judge him when they first met.

The next night, Donkey finds Fiona in a windmill. Donkey finds that Fiona has turned into an ogress. She tells Donkey that she was cursed as a child and turns into a ogress every night. This is why she was locked away in the castle. She also says that only a kiss from her true love will return her to her "love's true form". Shrek, about to confess his feelings for Fiona, overhears part of their conversation, and is heartbroken as he misinterprets her disgust at her transformation into an "ugly beast" as being disgusted with him. Fiona makes Donkey promise not to tell Shrek about the spell, vowing to do it herself, but when the next morning comes, Shrek has brought Lord Farquaad to Fiona. The two return to the castle, while a hurt Shrek returns to the now-vacated swamp.

After finding out that despite is privacy that he misses Fiona very much, Donkey gets mad at Shrek, and Shrek tells Donkey that he overheard their conversation. They both travel to Duloc quickly, thanks to Dragon, who had escaped her confines and followed Donkey. They interrupt the wedding before Farquaad can kiss Fiona, but not before the sun sets, which causes Fiona to turn into an ogress in front of everyone. While her transformation causes Shrek to fully understand what he overheard at the windmill, Farquaad, disgusted over the change, orders Shrek killed and Fiona imprisoned, but Shrek whistles for Dragon, who bursts in and eats Farquaad. Shrek and Fiona admit their love for each other and share a kiss; Fiona is bathed in light as her curse is broken, but is surprised to find that she has remained an ogress, as she "thought [she] was supposed to be[come] beautiful", to which Shrek replies that she is beautiful. The two of them get married in the swamp and depart on their honeymoon while the rest celebrate by singing "I'm a Believer".

Cast[change | change source]

Cinderella, Snow White, Pied Piper, and several other characters are not speaking roles and are thus uncredited

Production[change | change source]

Steven Spielberg bought the rights to the original book in 1991, when he apparently thought about making a traditionally animated film based on the book with Bill Murray as Shrek and Steve Martin as Donkey. After only a few years in development hell, producer John H. Williams got hold of the book from his children, and when he brought it to DreamWorks, it caught Jeffrey Katzenberg's attention and the studio decided to make it into a movie.[3] After buying the rights to the film in 1995, Katzenberg quickly put the film in active development.[4]

The Art Directors visited Hearst Castle, Stratford upon Avon and Dordogne for inspiration on Duloc's place. Art Director Douglas Rogers visited a magnolia plantation in Charleston, South Carolina for inspiration for Shrek's swamp.[5][6]

The film was originally planned to be a motion-captured film. DreamWorks used live action background plates with miniature fairy tale settings that they had filmed, giving the film a very visual distinct look. After a year and a half of R & D, a test was finally shown. The result was a disaster, with Katzenburg stating "It looked terrible, it didn't work, it wasn't funny, and we didn't like it." Production was shut down for a while. DreamWorks later went to its production partners at PDI in Spring of 1997, when the movie Antz was still in production, to help Shrek get it's final computer-animated look.[7]

“We did a lot of work on character and set-up, and then kept changing the set up while we were doing the animation,” Ramon Hui noted. “In Antz we had a facial system that gave us all the facial muscles under the skin. In Shrek we applied that to whole body. So if you pay attention to Shrek when he talks, you see that when he opens his jaw, he forms a double chin, because we have the fat and the muscles underneath. That kind of detail took us a long time to get right."[8]

Saturday Night Live member Chris Farley was to be the voice for Shrek. He was able to voice around 80-90% of the script, although Chris' brother, Tom Farley, states that Farley had actually already recorded 95% of Shrek's dialogue for the movie, but died in 1997 before he finished voicing the character.[9] Production was shut down again after Farley's death.[7] Andrew Adamson stated "Chris Farley's death was before any animation had been done [although] we'd recorded an amount with him."[10]

DreamWorks later asked Mike Myers to play Shrek, whom Myers wanted the writers to re-write the script to leave no traces of Farley's version of Shrek. After Myers had completed providing the voice for the character, when the film was well into production, he asked to re-record all of his lines in a Scottish accent similar to the one his mother had used when she told him bedtime stories.[7] After hearing the alternative voice-over, Katzenberg agreed to redo scenes in the film, saying, "It was so good we took $4m worth of animation out and did it again."[11]

Reception[change | change source]

The film was entered into the 2001 Cannes Film Festival,[12] and was the first animated film since Disney's Peter Pan (1953) to receive that honour.[13] Shrek open in more 3,587 movie theaters on its 2001 release,[14] 11 of them showing them digitally, made possible by the THX Division of Lucasfilm.[15] This was the first time that DreamWorks had shown one of its movies digitally.[16] Produced on a $60 million budget, Shrek was commercially successful, becoming the highest-grossing animated movie ever to be released in Australia, passing the mark set by 1994's The Lion King.[17] In the United Kingdom, Shrek regained the top spot at the British box office after being beaten out the previous week by Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, earning a $20.3 million since its opening in the UK.[18] The film closed on December 6, 2001, after grossing $267,665,011 domestically along with $216,744,207 overseas for a worldwide total of $484,409,218. Shrek is the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2001 behind Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Monsters Inc.[1]

Shrek received critically good reviews, praising Shrek 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. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89 percent of critics have given the film a positive review based on 176 reviews, with an average score of 7.7/10. The critical consensus is: While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent Shrek also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride.[19]

Roger Ebert liked the film, giving it four stars out of a possible four and describing it as "jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart."[20] USA Today's Susan Wloszczyna praised Eddie Murphy's performance, stating it "gives the comic performance of his career, aided by sensational digital artistry, as he brays for the slightly neurotic motormouth."[21] Richard Schickel also enjoyed Murphy's role, stating, "No one has ever made a funnier jackass of himself than Murphy."[22]

William Steig, the author of the original book, and his wife Jeanne Steig also enjoyed the film, stating "We all went sort of expecting to hate it, thinking, 'What has Hollywood done to it?' But we loved it. We were afraid it would be too sickeningly cute and, instead, Bill just thought they did a wonderful, witty job of it."[23]

Shrek won the first ever Academy Award For Best Animated Feature, beating Monsters, Inc. and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.[24][25] Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "Prince Charming? So last millennium. This decade, fairy-tale fans--and Princess Fiona--fell for a fat and flatulent Ogre. Now, that's progress."[26]

Shrek was also nominated for 6 BAFTA Award, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film. Eddie Murphy became the first actor to ever receive a BAFTA nomination for a voice-over performance. The film was also nominated for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Film Music, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.[25]

Shrek was nominated for a dozen Annie Awards from ASIFA-Hollywood.[25][27]

In June 2008, the American Film Institute revealed its "Ten top Ten"; the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community Shrek was acknowledged as the eighth best film in the animated genre, and the only non-Disney·Pixar film on the top ten.[28][29] It is also third on Bravo's 100 funniest films. Shrek was also ranked second in a Channel 4 poll of the "100 Greatest Family Films", losing out on the top spot to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.[30] In 2005, Shrek came sixth in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Cartoons poll behind The Simpsons, Tom and Jerry, South Park, Toy Story and Family Guy. In November 2009, the character, Lord Farquaad, was listed #14 in IGN UK's "Top 15 Fantasy Villains".[31]

SHREKS’ NEW TESTEMANT

Shrek began life before the dawn of time. At this point, he was little but a mere thought, a feeling. He saw the beginning of life, he saw Humans bloom from the fingertips of God and the creation of new life. Shrek had a thirst for knowledge, and was curious how the dynamics of new life worked.

A long time after birth, Shrek left clues on earth. At this point, this entity wasn’t strong, as he hadn’t ascended to the status of Deity. This wouldn’t be for long, as Shrek works in mysterious ways.

One man was lucky enough to find these clues, and proceeded to create 4 movies describing what he thought he would happen to the earth if Shrek would arrive. Everybody thought that they were harmless family friendly movies, but they had a hidden meaning; Prepare

Later, another man would be foolish and create a video that would unleash terror upon Mankind. This would be dubbed, “Shrek is love, Shrek is life”. This depicted a man having the “full power” of Shrek released upon him. This was wrong, if Shrek were to unleash his full power on one man, the world would end.

And it soon would.

This video caused Shrek to undergo a transformation. He acquired a physical form, not unlike the ones shown in the films and video. His angelic form descended upon the world, and the End began.

Shrek began to prey on Man, killing and enlightening each member of the world. He teamed with various icons, such as Sir Elton John, Chris Hemsworth, Morgan Freeman and Mr Grey. Then he discarded these pawn-like Humans and absorbed their power, getting stronger by the moment.

His first real challenge was The Illuminati. This group used their power to fend off Shrek, but Shrek only absorbed it, and used the knowledge to destroy the Innocence of the shape-shifting lizard people.

Each foe Shrek defeated, he used their unprepared souls to fuel him, and emerald fortress with stronger-than-Kevlar skin.

Finally, Shrek found he was ready. The world a corpse, and the solar system in shreds, Shrek broke down the walls between realities. He consumed the Faceless Ones, absorbed the mind-controlling-dolphin/pug-overlords and reigned over the 7 universes. He consumed all Uranus’s, exploited Saturn’s, and abused Jupiter.

Shrek decided to defeat the only thing standing in his way. So, travelling in thought form, he sped across the galaxies, admiring the Nebulas and Quasars. The mystery of new life still puzzled him. But this was soon to change.

Soon, Shrek arrived at the gates of heaven to challenge the creator. But was in vain. He was unprepared, like Earth upon his arrival. For the first time, the Ogre-Lord felt pain. But he soon blocked it out, and fled from the place. He would return when he was stronger.  When he had devoured enough power.

The gods in Olympus were sitting fine, and then Shrek entered. The enlightened all of the gods, and absorbed their power. Soon, there was no more threats.

Shrek continued like this until the innocence of the 7 realities lay in tatters, and then he pondered. He pondered about what to do next, now that there was nothing to do. He placed his enormous, ogre hands on his knees, and began to create. From absorbing Odin, he had found out the secret of life. But the life he created was basic. He made a world, similar to the one he had commenced his campaign in, but this one knew he was the supreme leader. These would worship him and acknowledge him as the God that he was.

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What follows are what happened in Shrek’s new world, but we cannot be sure of what happened as no mere mortal can portray his work in any way, as the raw power itself would tear them (and their Innocence) apart. These are merely so that his followers (and non) may know of his glory.

Shrible I: The Beginning

In the beginning of the new world, there was a city. Dubbed the Holy City, it was where the Worshipping was made. Shrek visited this place many a time, to keep his subjects in line, and to teach them that he was the One.

The grounds quaked, the stones shook and the Holy Aura sped through the air. This Aura was green in colour, and it moved faster than the speed of light. It sped through the forest, and materialised in front of the City Gates. The tower of muscle and pure Holiness took one step, and started towards the town centre.

When he arrived, a crowd amassed, and stood in awe as The Almighty towered above them. He spoke without using his lips, again using one of his many powers to communicate telepathically with the crowd.

“One of you has disobeyed me, and they shall pay.”

The crowd parted, and a man of senior age was left, standing alone. The One teleported in behind him.

“I am in need of more power, and I shall have to consume thee.”

The man was promptly enlightened in front of the crowd, who gasped in shock.

Shrible 2: Charming’s Fate

The ground shook and mortals quivered. This could only mean one thing.

Shrek had come.

Prince Horatio Charming was busy in his dressing room, preparing himself for the show he was to put on for the city. He was to perform a blasphemous play about himself defeating The Ogre-Lord and taking his place among the stars. He thought he was prepared. Oh was he wrong.

The play ran smoothly, the crowd was enjoying it and Charming loved the glory. They had come to the scene where he defeated Shrek, and the crowd gasped. The band stopped, and Charming himself was bathed in an 8 foot shadow. Shaking, he looked up to see a disappointed face. An emerald, beautiful disappointed face. It stared at him, and Charming stared back. Then, a booming, majestic voice echoed through the minds of the peasants.

“I am disappointed. I never thought that you humans would be so foolish as to disrespect me. I am merciful, so only one of you shall bear my load. This will be a sign. A sign to say that I am forgiving, but will punish when sin has been committed. I had made you my prince in hope that you would fulfil my needs. I need a strong character. One that can be strong and caring. Not one who would be blasphemous.”

The supreme leader stared disappointedly.

Charming pleaded “But my lord, show mercy, please…I meant no harm. I am always your prince.”

Shrek replied in the magnificent telepathic way;

“Goodnight, sweet prince.”

Charming was enlightened.

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Shrible 3: The insolence of Farquaad

“Bow down to your master, the real ogre lord. It is I, Lord Farquaad”

Farquaad’s attempt at a majestic voice echoes through the courtyard.

“But sir, isn’t Shrek the Ogrelord? The one who created us?” A small girl challenged his opinions, unaware of the possible consequences.

Farquaad replied with “Dear child, the god you call the “Real Ogrelord” has not been seen for millennia, and if he has, none have survived to tell? Is a god not kind as well as powerful?” He drew his long, solid rapier from its scabbard deep within his rompers and held it against the girl’s throat, ready to spill her blood on the cobbles.

A mighty voice echoed through the yard.

“That means that you cannot be a god.”

Farquaad attempted to prove himself. “S-s-Sir, you haven’t blessed with the earth with your presence since you created us!”

Of course he had, but he kept it secret, for the humans must not know of his work in cleansing the world of scum such as the Prince Charming from his creation.

“It’s all ogre now”, the calm but strong voice echoed through the doomed lord’s head.

*Brief Intermission as Farquaad screams for mercy and in pain as the Ogre Lord ravages him*

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400 Chromosomes ago…

Deep within the Monoxide 12 realm…

A lone traveller staggers into a derelict area, underneath a bridge. He stumbles, and trips. He can hear an ominous voice echoing; ochinchin ga daisuki nandayo. The words of a dark god.

Why has he been forsaken? He is curious as to why he had been chosen. He was the chosen ONE.

A figure was sat cross legged on a rock. He was dressed in black and his face was blurred. He spoke only four words, but each time, the traveller knew what he meant.

“Ochinchin ga daisuki nandayo” the soft but ominous speech struck the bespectled traveller into the ground. 

“My lord, it is I, Papa Franku. I mean no harm. I come with news; the ogre lord has been seen for the first time since the chromosomes began.”

The dark figure was silent for a moment, then replied.

“Ochinchin ga daisuki nandayo”

The traveller panicked “But my lord, you are not strong enough, you need time!”

The dark lord, Chin Chin, remained emotionless but Papa Franku knew he had angered him.

“Ochinchin ga daisuki nandayo.”

Franku began to sweat and quiver “I’m sorry, lord, I didn’t mean it like that!”

Chin Chin rushed towards Papa Franku at a blinding speed. The last thing the blasphemous traveller saw was this:

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