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Shrek

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2001
  • Andrew Adamson
  • 86 mins
  • U

Summary

Animated fantasy comedy featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. Shrek is a grumpy green ogre whose swamp is overrun with homeless traditional fairy-tale characters. To get them evicted by evil Lord Farquaad, he must rescue Princess Fiona from her dragon-guarded tower, with only a talking donkey for company.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Shrek / Blind mouseMike Myers
DonkeyEddie Murphy
Princess FionaCameron Diaz
Lord FarquaadJohn Lithgow
Monsieur HoodVincent Cassel
Ogre hunterPeter Dennis
Old womanKathleen Freeman

Crew

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DirectorAndrew Adamson
DirectorVicky Jenson

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2001-06-29
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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