Andrew Adamson (2001)

U Certificate


Our Score
This animated fantasy comedy from DreamWorks is an irreverent, occasionally scatological fairy tale with state-of-the-art computer-generated images that almost steal a march on 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 disrespectful treatment that they receive suggests a sly dig at Disney orthodoxy). The animators achieve a startling level of reality, but it's the characters that carry what is an incredibly slight 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. Children will love it, while adults can enjoy the action-movie homages and 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