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We all like a good movie, or most of us anyway, with some of us liking a bad movie.
One of my favourite types of movies I like are the animated ones where the entire cast is made up of pixals and voice overs from some men and women whose desire the stay in the public eye makes them accept the most insane jobs.
This was released in 2001 and was a bit of a hit for all ages. It was basically harmless animated fun following the exploits of a strange looking green ogre called Shrek, (Mike Myers), and his life changing experience when he is forced by Lord Farquad, (John Lithgow), to rescues princess Fiona, (Cameron Diaz), from the dragon guarded tower of hell... alright, maybe it's not hell, but it is not nice.
On his quest he meets several 'strange' characters, with one particular one, a Donkey, (Eddie Murphy), helping him in the quest.
Only things aren't as straight forwards as you would expect when Shrek finds out the truth about the 'beautiful' Fiona with her dark secret becoming clear, as mud, to Shrek.
The plot itself runs along smoothly, with many, many comical situations occurring throughout. Some of the scenes are side splitting. Most of the characters in the film are well known Fairy tale characters such as the three little pigs, three blind mice,
Pinocchio, the ugly sisters and more, many more.
For an animated movie it covers all the corners, action, comedy, thrills, spills and even a bit of romance, in the most strangest of ways.
The main characters are voices brilliantly, with Murphy doing as brilliant job in keeping his character, Donkey, one of those characters that, no matter how annoying he gets, you can't help but feel sorry for him.
Myers is excellent as the Ogre, with Diaz making Fiona seem more human.
There is a twist in the tale, which, for anyone in the world who has never seen it, I won't spoil it. What I will say is that the twist is something that you probably would not expect until it begins to happenn.
You can grab a copy of this almost anywhere for a couple of quid, or, wait for a bit and look out for it being in the television, it's been on a few times and will be in again.
It is one of those films that is a must to see and will easily cheer up the most miserable people...
I could watch this film for days on end. It's perfect. I'm eighteen, and it still appeals to me. It still makes me laugh, just like it did when I was six years old. If you haven't seen it, I feel very sorry for you and you HAVE to get it right now. Please. Because it will be the best thing you've ever done.
IMDB has given it a rating of just 7.9, and that is completely unfair. It is easily a 10/10 for me. There are other Shrek films, but the first one will be the best no matter what. The movie has a great soundtrack throughout, and if you have kids, it's great fun to sit and sing along with them during it. And at the end, there's a karaoke style song with all of the characters there.
It is a great film for adults and children, and I wouldn't tell anyone NOT to watch it. The cast is brilliant. (Especially Mr Eddie Murphy. Who doesn't love a bit of Eddie?)
I love a good animated family film and Shrek definitely comes under that genre, luckily my daughter loves these films just as much as I do so I have an excuse to watch them again and again.
All of the fairy tale creatures are being caught on the request of Lord Farquaad, including a talking donkey called Donkey. All of the creatures get banished to a big green ogre's swamp, the ogre in question is Shrek and all he wants is a peaceful life. In a bid to try and get his swamp back to himself he goes on a journey to see Lord Farquaad. Lord Farquaad is told by the talking mirror that he can only become a true king if he marries a princess. When Shrek and Donkey get to the castle, Lord Farquaad promises Shrek he can have his swamp back if he rescues Princess Fiona and brings her back to him.
Shrek takes Lord Farquaad up on his offer and him and Donkey go to rescue the princess from the castle. It is surrounded by lava and then Donkey befriends the dragon who is defending the castle, when Shrek gets to the top of the tower, he rescues the princess then grabs Donkey from the dragon on the way out. During the trip home Shrek and Fiona become close and although all Shrek wants to do is get Fiona back, she persuades the gang to camp out overnight. Why doesn't she want to get back as soon as possible? Will Shrek get the swamp back to himself?
It's hard to believe this film was released all the back in 2001, it doesn't feel that long ago and after watching it time after time I'm still not bored of it in the slightest. It is packed full of funny moments and at the same time has a good underlying storyline and can be quite emotional. The film really caters for everyone, whether young children, like me three and a half year old daughter, to oldies like my nan!
There is an all-star cast with Mike Myers providing the voice of Shrek and Eddie Murphy playing the voice of Donkey, this pair is absolutely brilliant and are perfect of the comedy duo of Shrek and Donkey, they fit into the roles fantastically and suit the characters, they bring the funny moments of the film to life and I don't think anyone else could do a better job. Cameron Diaz plays the part of Fiona and again, I think she is the best for the job, it sounds like she plays the voice effortlessly and it goes with the character extremely well.
The animation is also perfect, Dreamworks never really fails and the definitely didn't with this film. Shrek, is made brilliantly and although he is a scary ogre he has a nice friendliness look to him, the other characters are also brilliantly crafted. The backdrops and detailing both in buildings and scenery is fantastic, nothing has been left out.
I'd definitely recommend giving Shrek a watch if you haven't already. It's a brilliant film with a good storyline, hilarious scenes and a great feel good feeling. Both me and my daughter love watching it.
Being the lover of fairytale subversions that i am, how could i resist writing a review on Shrek?
Shrek is probably one of my all time favourite films, so much so that as a term of endearment i call my dad Shrek a lot of the time. It is a term of endearment i swear.
One if the many reasons i love Shrek is because it represents one of the best forms of fairy tale subversion, a parody of fairytales themselves. It is beautifully written in such a way that allows for a great number of fairytales to be combined in a humorous 'never seen before' manner that in turn allows for great family entertainment.
In other words this film is a 'how not to do a fairytale.'
It starts with a story book opening that pretty much sums up the main story line but ends with pages of the book being used as toilet paper- much like the meme of 'New Moon' going around the internet at the moment. Thus pretty much summarising the tone of this film in around a minute of footage.
Shrek (played by Mike Myers) is an ogre who seemingly loves his life as an ogre, thanks to the montage played to Greg Camp's 'All Star.' (Performed by Smash Mouth) His character is pretty much summed up via the famous 'this is the part where you run away' scene- which is beautifully done might i add.
We then move on to how the fairytale characters (or creatures as the Wanted posters suggest) get mixed up in the scene, and in turn meet Donkey (played by Eddie Murphy) the talking donkey who just loves to natter. As Shrek says later on "it's getting him to shut up is the trick." Along with meeting Donkey we also get introduced to characters from fairy tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz (more fairy tale references come later) just to name a few.
Shrek and Donkey meet when Shrek inadvertently saves Donkey from a lot of guards trying to catch him. After the hilarious "you definitely need some tic tacs or something cos your breath stinks' scene Shrek unwillingly allows Donkey to stay with him.
After which we find out why there are a lot of fairy tale characters in this film. Lord Farquad wants a perfect kingdom, and fir some wild reason believes that fairy take creatures are poisoning his perfect world. In this scene we are introduced to 'The Gingerbread Man' where the classic 'run run run' and 'do you know the Muffin Man' lines are produced. Along with this more Snow White references are made in the form of the Magic Mirror, who is used to move the plot along by telling Farquad that technically he's not a king until he marries a princess. I love this Bachelorette scene as it's a subversion on the various 'Prince Charmings' that rescue princesses such as Snow White and Cinderella. Makes you wonder if a load of princes met up in a bar and drew straws on which princess he's to rescue after hearing their 'ads' as it were.
Of course through this we hear the story of Princess Fiona (played by Cameron Diaz)- which, coincidentally is the same story from the opening (oh look it's all starting to come together now) who needs to be rescued from a tower guarded by a Dragon.
Going back to Shrek, who's had a stressful enough day as it is, bless him, who finds his swamp absolutely heaving with fairy tale characters from stories such as 'The Three Little Pigs,' 'Red Riding Hood,' 'Sleeping Beauty' and 'Three Blind Mice' just to name a handful of them. Of course Shrek doesn't like this, though has to juggle with the prospect of what is worse, a swamp full of squatters or a road trip with Donkey.
And so Shrek and Donkey set off to get Shrek's swamp back. Erupting into a hilarious wrestling scene played to Joan Jett's 'Bad Reputation.' As a result Shrek gets roped in to rescuing Fiona in exchange for his swamp. And so continues the story.
With other great songs such as Neil Diamond's 'I'm a Believer' (performed by both Smash Mouth and Eddie Murphy) and Leanord Cohen's 'Hallelujah' (performed by Rufus Wainwright) along with more fairytale subversions like Robin Hood (interesting/useless fact- the fact that Robin Hood has a French accent would have actually been somewhat accurate due to the fact that during the time Robin was alive the English language was being heavily influenced by French.) and on 'how a Princess should behave.' This is a must see, must own, must watch and all the other 'musts' you can think of because it's just so brilliant.
The very first Shrek movie was released in 2001 and instantly became a global sensation. Film 1 introduces us the solitary ogre Shrek, who is happily fulfilling his ogre expectations and frightening village folk and living in his beloved swamp. His idyllic world is turned upside down when not only does he inadventently save Donkey but when Lord Farquaad decides to move all the fairytale creatures to the swamp out of sight and mind in his strive for perfection. The films are computer animated and based on William Steigs book of the same name. The all star cast brings the characters to life and the animation is amazing.
Shrek : Mike Myers
Fiona : Cameron Diaz
Donkey: Eddie Murphy
Lord Farquaad : John Lithgow
Shrek heads off the see Lord Farquaad to demand his swamp back and as only Donkey owns up to knowing where Fraquaads down is Shrek if forced to take him along. Soon a friendship between the 2 develop and this seems to be the most key relationship in the film, even more than when Fiona arrives on the scene. The relationship of friends is what makes the Shrek film so touching.
When the see Farquaad he tells Shrek he can only get his home back if he rescue's a princess So Shrek and Donkey are forced to rescue her from an enormous fire-breathing dragon. Chaos ensues but Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona make their escape. As they journey back to Lord Farquaad Fiona and Shrek grow closer and we then find out Fiona's curse - 'by day one way and by night another'. As the sun sets Fiona is transformed into an ogre and is only returned to her human self as the sun rises. Shrek is unaware of her curse and after a misunderstanding delivers her to Lord Farquaad for marriage.....
I will not spoil the ending for you but True loves kiss breaks Fiona's curse.
The characters are so human with their expressions and movements, and the cast really bring them to life. There are so many characters in the background that you will keep spotting them - three little pigs, gingerbread man, three blind mice, Pinocchio. Each of these smaller characters are hilarious and add to the film giving it depth. Donkey is my favourite main character as he is so funny and hyperactive and lightens the mood in every scene, Shrek and Fiona are also very likeable as are all the smaller parts - keep an eye out for Pinocchio he has only a tiny part but is fantastic!
It is a lovely fairytale that has jokes to amuse the adult and children together and separately!
Mike Myers as Shrek (voice), Eddie Murphy as Donkey (voice), Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona (voice) and John Lithgow as Lord Farquaad (voice).
Shrek is a grumpy Ogre who in an attempt to get back his swampy home from the fairy tale creatures who have been banished to the swamp by the evil Lord Farquaad. So Shrek starts a journey to Dulop, where he makes an agreement with Lord Farquaad where if he rescues the fair Princess Fiona from her dragon gurded prison he would get his swamp back. So Shrek goes to rescue her with his new companion Donkey. They successfully beat the dragon and take Princess Fiona back to Dulop but somewhere along the journey Shreks heart softens and he falls for the lovely Princess.
I love, love, love Shrek. There are so many good points to this movie I dont know where to start. Eddie Murphys Donkey is just delightfull, one of my favourite donkey scenes is where Shrek and Donkey are in the castle and the female dragon makes her feelings clear towards him and tries to talk his way out of her affections, while trying to rescue Donkey from the dragon Shrek accidentily flashes his backside to the dragon and the dragon, in an effort to kiss donkey, kisses Shreks bare backside instead. Princess Fiona is a tough talking, ass kicking lady which makes me laugh as she beats up Robin hood and his merry men. There are so many great and funny moments in this movie and would recomend watching Shrek to anyone who wants to watch a good family movie or if you just need to put a smile on your face.
There isn't anything bad that i can say about this movie except would have loved for it to be longer.
Availability and Pricing
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As soon as i saw the trailer for shrek a few years ago... i went straight the cinema and was far from dissapointed. It does look like another childish animation but it is so much more than that. I knew my stepdad (and even all the family) would realy enjoy the film so when it came out on DVD around christmas time i bought it him, all the family watched it christmas day and it was just hilarious.
Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is an ogre that lives in a swamp. He loves his swamp as it is his own privacy and get bathe in disgusting filth whenver he wants to, in peice and quiet with no distruptions. That is until Donkey (Eddie Murphy) crosses his path and his whole life changes. Donkey is irritating so Shrek gets really annoyed with him really quickly.
All of a sudden loads of fairy tale creatures turn up at his swamp and if he wants his quiet life back then he has no choice but to go and see Lord Farquaad and get his swamp back.
Lord Farquaad sees this great creature and suggests to him that if he wants his swamp back he must go and rescue his future wife 'Fiona' from the tallest room in the tallest town that is protected by a fire breathing dragon.
Shrek is not very happy but off he goes to rescue the princess (voiced by Cameron Diaz)
This is such a funny movie for kids and adults and all through it it has hidden adult jokes and humour that will just have you rolling around with laughter.
Definately one to watch as Shrek fights to save his swamp and discovers a secret about the princess that will shock you all.
I was given this film for Christmas when I was about ten as I really wanted to see it in the cinema, but the day I wanted to go all the tickets had sold out and I sadly have to wait till it came on on video and DVD. When I got the film I was thrilled - I can finally see it! It was the Oscar winner of 2002 for best animated film!
Shrek is an green orge who just loves his life in his swamp and living life on his own. Until, one day a range of fairy tale characters come knocking on his door send by Lord Farquaad, and that a princess named Fiona has been taken right up to the tallest tower. Shrek doesn't really want to go, until he proves that he can be a hero. To join his quest is the most annoying animal named donkey - who is actually a donkey. Shrek hates him as he is so annoying and talks non-stop! But then he finally shuts up? Does he really though? But there quest is long, and sending the princess to the biggest enemy is going to be a bit tight! So join the quest in this family loving film!
cast (voices of)
Shrek : Mike Myers
Donkey : Eddie Murphy
Princess Fiona : Cameron Diaz
Lord Fraquaad : John Ligthow
Monsiuer Hood : Vincent Cassel
directors : Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson
certificate : U
runtime : 90 minutes (one hour and a half)
I think this a great family film and I never, ever could get bored of this even in ten years later! It's actually quite funny! I have seen the 2nd and 3rd one, but i really want to see the 4th one! A huge family must see!
Believe it or not, until this morning I had never seen Shrek. Shocking I know! My best friend was horrified when she heard this and immediately leant me her DVD! Although I watched the film on DVD, this is a film only review as I never bother with any of the extras.
Shrek is a green ogre. He lives in a swamp and he is extremely fond of his home, especially because he lives there alone. However, one day he discovers his swamp is full of fairytale characters. The characters insist he must help them but Shrek is not interested and wants them out of his swamp immediately!
He travels to see Lord Farquaad, who is responsible for the fairytale characters being in Shrek's swamp. The Lord will only agree to take them back if Shrek does him a favour - going to rescue a Princess so that he can marry her, in effect becoming King.
Shrek sets out on his mission but numerous things stand in his way - will he manage to take the Princess back to the Lord?
I had very high expectations of this film, after all people have been talking about it for years and every opinion I have heard has been a good one. I am pleased to say that my expectations were met and I really enjoyed the film. Although it was designed with children in mind, I think that the majority of adults will also enjoy it as there is a lot to focus on and the plot can easily keep everyone's interest.
Although Shrek is a big, green ogre I warmed to him immediately and I was desperate for Shrek to get what he wanted. He is quite miserable in places but I think this is of key importance as it really shapes the character and also helps to emphasise how much he wants his swamp back to himself.
I thought the plot flowed really well, there was never a dull moment and my attention was kept right through until the end. The ending wrapped everything up nicely and although it was predictable it was done very well. I was actually quite surprised the film was ending already which gives me the impression that I must have been enjoying myself! It is the perfect length for children as I am sure they wont get bored towards the end.
I really liked the characters in the film, although Shrek was my favourite, his friend Donkey was absolutely hilarious and bought welcome humour to the film. This really added something extra for the adults who may watch the film as it gives something else to focus on.
It is an animated film and it is done very well. The special effects and the technology used are really good and it wouldn't look out of place in a cinema today. I really enjoyed the animations and it looked very good.
I can see why Shrek was hugely successful at the box office and it is clear why there have been follow ups to the film. The film really does provide something for everyone and it is very interesting and funny throughout. There is nothing there to upset or offend anyone and I thought it was absolutely fabulous!
The film was released in 2001 (it has aged very well!)
It was directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson.
It runs for 90 minutes and is rated a PG in the UK.
The DVD is available from Amazon for £3.99 or a box set of Shrek 1-3 is available for just £7.99.
If you haven't seen Shrek then what are you waiting for?! It is a brilliant film and I recommend it to kids and adults.
Film Duration: 91 minutes
Category: humor / animation
Director: Andrew Adamson
Country: United States
Mike Myers as Shrek
Eddie Murphy as Donkey
Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona
John Lithgow as Lord Farquaad
The story is about an ogre named Shrek who lives alone in the swamp and is very satisfied with his own life. He likes to be left alone so if anyone comes near his swamp he scares them off but his peace is shattered when all the fairy tale characters of the kingdom show up at his house. They are all on the run from the Lord Farquaad who has driven them away from his country. Shek goes to confront Farquaad in a bid to regain his precious solitude and does a deal with him. If shrek can rescue the princess Fiona from a dragon protected castle and bring her back to be his wife then he will allow all the fairy tale characters back. Shrek agrees and along with Donkey the his irritating companion who insists on going with him they set out to rescue the princess and restore the kingdom to it's rightful order.
Ok it's hard to comment on the acting as you never see the actors on screen only their voices but I found it brilliant how they managed to make the characters look like the actors voicing them and i think even though i knew it was famous actors voicing them after a few minutes i completely forgot it was Mike Myers and just thought of him as shrek. The movie has done a really good job in picking the right actors to voice the characters, Cameron Diaz has such a pretty voice id never noticed before and is perfect for the princess and Eddie Murphy is absolutely hilarious as the fast talking Donkey but Mike Myers is the real star of the show and im surprised the studio allowed him to make Shrek Scottish, they are paying him millions of dollars for his name recognition and you have no idea it is Mike Myers doing the voice over. I'm glad they allowed him though as it was a genius decision and he is absolutely great as the voice of Shrek.
The DVD of shrek really offers up extra value with the extras to be found. There are the usual directors commentary and a look at the making of the film. There is also some fake interviews with the characters as though they were actors in the movie. The real fun comes with the Shrek karaoke dance party and a brilliant feature which allows you to record your own voice and dub it over the characters in the film. This was really fun and i recommend everyone to give it a try.
Shrek is a brilliant film for the entire family from small children to the grandparents. The kids will enjoy the fairytale aspect and there are plenty of jokes snuck in for the adults. It is really funny and an absolute joy to watch. The film looks stunning and the computer generated animation is done beautifully. It is the kind of film that has great replay value so if you buy the DVD and enjoy the film then you will probably watch it more than once. I loved the film and you would have to have a heart of stone not to be charmed by Shreks world.
How I got this DVD
I received this DVD as a Christmas gift, and had seen it before at the cinema. Of course, you may think what is the point in watching a film you have already seen, but this film tops all others, it's really funny and whilst watching it you will be laughing out loud! This DVD could be purchased from music stores/ DVD stores / DVD rental stores / supermarkets ect. I would expect it to be around £8.
Why it is good
This film is absolutely hilarious! A great fairytale style story-line too. Shrek is a great character and you'll be sure to want to watch the other Shrek films. (Shrek 2 and 3.) The DVD states; "You've never met a hero quite like Shrek" this is true! Shrek is my all time hero!
The story is about a vein king, who is looking for a princess to marry and become his queen. He chooses a princess to marry, but first has to rescue her from a dragon. So he sends an ogre named Shrek to rescue her instead of going himself. Shrek rescues the princess but ends up falling in love with her. Then his faithful companion Donkey(who slightly annoys Shrek but is hilarious still) discovers a secret about the princess that changes everything . . .
Stars and characters
The film Shrek has hundreds of characters in it and they all have strong personalities, but the three main characters are;
Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers)
Princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz)
Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy)
My favourite character
Donkey is my favourite character! He is a talking donkey who joins Shrek on his mission of saving Shrek. (He also annoys Shrek and sings to him-lol.) Donkey is voiced by Eddie Murphy and is many peoples favourite character from this film.
The next Shrek films
Look out for Shrek 2 and 3! Follow-ons from Shrek 1. I also strongly reccomend these films. They introduce new characters who have even bigger personalities!
My favourite Shrek film
Shrek 2 has to be my favourite, although i love all the Shrek films almost equally. The second Shrek film is when Shrek goes to meet Fiona's parents and an evil fairy Godmother gets involved as she wants Fiona to marry her son Prine Charming (voiced by Justin Timberlake). Another all time favourite character is introduced in this film . . . Puss In Boots!! Whoever you are you are sure to love Puss In Boots!
This DVD is a U
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The film is a typical fairy tale but with a twist you have a princess locked up in a castle, surrounded by a fire breathing dragon and needs to be rescued by a prince charming ( well not quite prince charming but a big ugly smelly ogre).
She has a big dark secret which sees her turn into a orge every night at dusk.
The film has some excellent characters and has you in fits of laughter from the start. The three main characters are Shrek (Mike Myers) who plays an excellent part, then their is everyones favourite donkey ( Eddie Murphy ) who creates the excellent comedy in the film, who plays a very annoying funny donkey, and there is the lovely princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz).
The film starts with shrek having to save princess Fiona from the tower on lord farquaades orders, so that he can marry her, but they end up falling for each other, especially when he finds out she to turns into an orge a curse that will never be lifted if she doesn't marry lord farquaade.
This film is helped along by all the little extra characters that are found in forest such as the gingerbread men and the 3 pigs , this is an excellent animated film by dreamworks.
If you are a lover of animated films this film is a must see.
Shrek is probably my 2 year old's favourite film at the moment.. every day we hear "how about shrek?" as he scowers the DVD rack! I must have seen it hundereds of times but I'm yet to find it boring.
Shrek, created by Dreamworks and released in 2001 has since been followed by Shrek 2, and Shrek the Third...oh and Shrek the Halls. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz play the same parts in all three.
So what is it about?
Shrek is a green ogre who lives in a swamp, as Lord Farquaad - an evil very short leader of a nearby kingdom desperatley wants to become King he wants the perfect home and surroundings for his new wife, Princess Fiona, he moves all of the fairytale creatures to Shrek's swamp. Shrek is not happy by the situation and confronts the Lord.
After some negotiation Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona from the highest room of the tallest tower and return her to Lord Farquaad. If he completes this mission then his swamp will be returned to him...
Shrek sucsesfully rescues the princes, with a little help from his friend Donkey but during the long journey back to the Lord's kingdom he begins to love her..
I wont give any more away about how the story goes, but it isa fantastic classic fairytale with a lighthearted ending which flows directly into the second film.
The film has some great music and catch songs. It also has some great hidden jokes which are aimed for the adults.
Well worth a watch!
A childrens dvd that really is loved more by adults than it is by children. An all star cast presents this childrens fairytale to us and they do not disappoint.
Shrek is played by Mike myers and is a fearsome ogre who is content to live in his swamp uninterupted. However when Lord Farquad threatens to evict all the fairytale characters of the land they all turn to Shrek for help. Shrek is hesitant to help as he does not need the hassle but after he gets annoyed with all the fairytale characters camping in his swamp he feels he has too do something. He is accompanied on his trip to challenge Lord Farquar by donkey (Eddie Murphy) which he is not to pleased about. Lord Farquar tells Shrek if he saves Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from the tower he can have his swamp back. Shrek agrees and what follows is typical fairy tale with a little added extra. Well worth watching to see what twists and turns take place on the road to happily ever after.
Shrek is not just a kids animated movie, there is something in there absoloutley everyone will enjoy. The jokes which eddie murphy and mike myers are cracking are priceless. I would say that Donkey is my 2nd favourtie animated movie character behind Woody in toy story. They will not leave you disappointed in the slightest. The plot is also a good one as it is not your typical fairytale movie, there is a deviance from the norm. Which is extremely welcome.
Lately my 2 year old son has developed an obsession with watching the Shrek movies, and I must've seen 'Shrek' - the first of three movies- at least one hundred times.
Shrek is an animated movie, starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz amongst others, which was released in 2001. It was really popular at the time, with Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third following soon after.
It is a childrens film, however in my opinion adults can enjoy these movies too as there are some very funny moments and a good storyline.
The main characters in Shrek are:
SHREK - Voiced by Mike Myers.
A big, green ogre who lives in a swamp.
DONKEY - Voiced by Eddie Murphy.
A small, talking, friendly donkey.
PRINCESS FIONA - Voived by Cameron Diaz.
A princess who is locked in a tower, waiting to be rescued by her Prince Charming.
LORD FARQUAAD - Voiced by John Lithgow.
The evil leader of Duloc, who hates fairytale creatures and yearns to be a real king.
Also featuring in the film are various fairytale creatures ; Pinoccio, The Seven Dwarfs, The Three Bears and Three Blind Mice to name but a few.
Lord Farquaad is collecting Fairytale creatures and sending them to live in a swamp so that they don't mess up his perfect kingdom. The problem is that the swamp belongs to Shrek.
Not happy with his squatters, Shrek finds Lord Farquaad who agrees to give him back his land if he rescues Princess Fiona from the Fire breathing dragon. Farquaad then plans to marry her, to become a real king.
After rescuing the pretty princess, with donkey in tow, the usually angry and loner Shrek, finds himself falling in love with her.
There is a happy ending as Princess Fiona unmasks her secret - she turns into an ogre at sunset - making Shrek and Fiona a perfect match. They marry and live happily ever after.
It is a typical fairytale story, but there are some serious messages in there.
Don't judge a book by its cover - people were also assuming Shrek was frightening and evil because of the way he looks.
Looks aren't important when it comes to love - Fiona fell in love with Shrek even though he looks the way he does.
Everybody needs friends - Shrek had no friends until Donkey came along and forced his friendship upon him, yet in the end they rely on each other and are great mates.
The soundtrack is excellent, featuring some great tracks :
All Star by Smash Mouth - and Hallellujah by Rufus Wainwright are my particular favorites.
At the end there is a brilliant version of 'I'm a Believer' featuring all the characters singing and dancing - that is my son's best part which he watches again and agin.
I actually really enjoyed this film on the first watch - it's only now that I've seen it hundreds of times that I'm getting fed up.
It is funny, has great music, likeable characters, and the actors who voice the characters are perfectly suited to their roles.
Eddie Murphy in particular does an excellent job. He make the Donkey so funny with the way he delivers the lines.
This is a lovely family film, which I would definately reccommend for kids and adults who are kids at heart.
Full of verve and wit Shrek is a computer-animated adaptation of William Steig's delightfully fractured fairy tale. Our title character (voiced by Mike Myers) is an agreeable enough ogre who wants to live his days in peace. When the diminutive Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) evicts local fairy tale creatures (including the now-famous Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and the Gingerbread Man), they settle in the ogre's swamp and Shrek wants answers from Farquaad. A quest of sorts starts for Shrek and his new pal, a talking donkey (Eddie Murphy), where battles have to be won and a princess (Cameron Diaz) must be rescued from a dragon lair in a thrilling action sequence. The story is stronger than most animated fare but it's the jokes that make Shrek a winner. The PG rating is stretched when Murphy and Myers hit their strides. The mild potty humour is fun enough for the 10-year-old but will never embarrass their parents. Shrek is never as warm and inspired as the Toy Story films, but the realistic computer animation and a rollicking soundtrack keeps the entertainment in fine form. Produced by DreamWorks, the film also takes several delicious stabs at its cross-town rival, Disney. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com On the DVD: DVD could have been invented to showcase Shrek's stunning computer animation--admirably served here by 16:9 anamorphic widescreen presentation--while the exuberant soundtrack comes alive in 5.1 Dolby Digital. There are plenty of extras to choose from on this DVD, from The Tech of Shrek and fake Character Interviews to the amusing Swamp Karaoke Dance Party featuring the whole cast. However, none of these features have much depth, nor do they last long and it would be easy to feel slightly disappointed--were it not for the excellent Shrek's ReVoice Studio. This first-of-its-kind feature requires a computer running Microsoft Windows 98SE or higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, an Internet connection and a DVD-ROM drive. However, once the DVD-ROM is up and running, the instructions could not be clearer and within minutes the whole family will be dubbing their voices over favourite characters and scenes--rendering the other extras almost irrelevant.--Helen Baker