Andrew Adamson (2001)

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Our Score
This irreverent, occasionally scatological fairy tale from DreamWorks launched a hit franchise to rival Pixar's Toy Story. Shrek is an ugly, antisocial green ogre (voiced in a variable Scottish accent by Mike Myers), who must rescue a human princess (Cameron Diaz) in order to appease evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) and rid his swamp of an infestation of traditional fairy-tale characters: three little pigs, a Pinocchio-style character and so on. The animation was cutting edge for its day, but it's the characters that carry this beauty-and-the-beast story. The only problem, and it's very minor, is the degree to which Eddie Murphy's Donkey - a partly improvised vocal turn to match Robin Williams's in Aladdin - steals the film. However, kids will love it, while adults can enjoy the relentless Disney-mocking.


Anti-social ogre Shrek resolves to stop an evil ruler from banishing fairy-tale characters to his swampland home. However, the reluctant hero ends up forced to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from a castle guarded by a dragon, aided only by a wisecracking donkey. Animated comedy, with the voices of Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Vincent Cassel.

Cast & Crew

Shrek / Blind mouse Mike Myers
Donkey Eddie Murphy
Princess Fiona Cameron Diaz
Lord Farquaad John Lithgow
Monsieur Hood Vincent Cassel
Ogre hunter Peter Dennis
Old woman Kathleen Freeman
Director Andrew Adamson
Director Vicky Jenson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Jun 2001
Comedy Drama Children's