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Shrek (2001)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  18 May 2001 (USA)
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After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, an ogre agrees to rescue a princess for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shrek (voice)
Donkey (voice)
Princess Fiona (voice)
Lord Farquaad (voice)
Monsieur Hood (voice)
Ogre Hunter (voice)
Ogre Hunter (voice)
Bobby Block ...
Baby Bear (voice)
Cody Cameron ...
Pinocchio / Three Pigs (voice)
Old Woman (voice)
Michael Galasso ...
Peter Pan (voice)
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Blind Mouse (voice)


When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret. Written by Film_Fan

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Rated PG for mild language and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Шрек  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,347,760 (USA) (18 May 2001)


$267,652,016 (USA) (30 November 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Just after release, Dreamworks started work on Shrek 2 (2004). See more »


When Shrek and the donkey are looking at the stars, in one shot Orion's Belt (three bright stars in a row) is right next to the moon, but in the next shot of the stars it's not. See more »


[first lines]
[a fairytale book appears]
Shrek: [narrating] Once upon a time, there was a lovely princess. But she had an enchantment upon her of a fearful sort, which could only be broken by love's first kiss. She was locked away in a castle guarded by a terrible fire-breathing dragon. Many brave knights had attempted to free her from this dreadful prison, but none prevailed. She waited in the dragon's keep, in the highest room of the tallest tower, for her true love, and true love's first kiss.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen around Shrek as he starts his day:
  • the film's title and Mike Myers's name appear in the mud Shrek bathes with (appropriate considering Myers voices the title character)

  • when Shrek breaks the mirror with his smile, Eddie Murphy's name can be seen behind it

  • Cameron Diaz's name forms out of pond-scum

  • and when Shrek lifts up a snail, its larvae form John Lithgow's name before dissolving.

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Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Puss in Boots (2011) See more »


Written by Leonard Cohen
Performed by John Cale
Courtesy of Menhir Music
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The story of an Ogre, a Princess and a Donkey
7 September 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Everything about 'Shrek' has probably already been said but here's my little comment. 'Shrek' is definitely one of the most enjoyable flicks. There has been tremendous work put in the animation process. Yet, the makers haven't given the screenplay any less considerations and we are told a heartwarming but relevant story. Though the characters of Shrek, Fiona and Donkey are original (maybe Donkey is from the Musicians of Bremen?), we also meet various fairy tale characters spoofed into the screenplay providing us several hilarious moments.

Among the voice talents, Eddie Murphy steals the show with his loud, expressive and vivacious voice. He also gets the best lines. No wonder Donkey remains the favorite character. Mike Myers is adequate. However, he doesn't seem to get the accent right all the time. Cameron Diaz is good and John Lithgow does his part very well.

I consider the soundtrack a must-buy. It boasts of a compilation of famous song that fairly contribute to the screenplay as background score. The writers deserve more credit for providing those memorable hilarious moments such as Fiona singing with the bird, Donkey and Dragon's affair, the snake and frog balloons and numerous other sketches.

However, on the downside, there are a few plot holes e.g. Dragon's attraction towards Donkey isn't explained and why does Lord Farquaad torture the Gingerbread man? How would the Gingerbread man know about the others? Yet, the main plot of Fiona and Shrek mostly makes up for this flaw.

Without any doubt, 'Shrek' is one of the best family flicks of recent time. Kids will love the colours and the fairy tale characters and grown-ups will love the witty dialogues and intelligent humour and most would love the story.

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