Dreamworks Animation Released 2001


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Andrew Adamson , Vicky Jenson
Shrek is a 2001 American computer animated comedy film from DreamWorks Animation, featuring the voice talents of Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. Loosely based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book of the same title, the film is about a mean, old ogre, Shrek (Mike Meyers) who finds true love in a very unexpected place. When Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow), the reigning lord with a small stature and a large Napoleon's complex, disturbs Shrek's peaceful life in his swamp, the only way that Shrek can reestablish order is if he fetches the cursed Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from her tower and brings her to Lord Farquaad, to become his bride. Shrek will do anything for some peace and quiet, so off he goes to rescue the princess. Much to his displeasure, he finds himself saddled with a talkative donkey, Donkey (Eddie Murphey), along the way. Though it isn't easy, Shrek and Donkey manage to 'rescue' Princess Fiona. But that's where the real adventure starts'it turns out that Princess Fiona has a mind of her own, and a closet full of skeletons to match! Shrek was hugely popular, sparking the creation of two sequels.moreless


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  • 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    This spirited and often very funny lark accomplishes something that most films in the bygone Hollywood studio era used to do but is remarkably rare in today's world of niche market...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This fractured fairy tale not only knows there's no substitute for clever writing, it also has the confidence to take that information straight to the bank.

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A giggly cocktail, though it's more foam than drink.

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pop culture observations, witty remarks, pop culture references, for the child in you