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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)
Simon J. Smith ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The greatest fairy tale never told. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


Donkey annoying Shrek with his singing was one of the first scenes to be filmed. The scene at Fiona's fortress was the second. See more »


During the campfire scene, with the shot that has Shrek looking at the camera, his left eye goes through the left eyelids. 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 S in Shrek has his ears. See more »


Spoofs The Graduate (1967) See more »


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Written by James Harry and Sandra St. Victor
Performed by Leslie Carter
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User Reviews

State-of-the-art computer animation used to tell a cracking little story
4 September 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Shrek is a green ogre who lives in a swamp, but his king sends him on a mission which he must complete to get his own land back.

You only have to watch ten minutes of this film to realise that this is going to be a classic. Eddie Murphy being employed as a wisecracking donkey was a casting dream and plays well against the more plain Shrek, voiced by Mike Myers.

Ok the plot is old, new, borrowed and blue (all recaps and references to fairy tales), but I don't care. It is all so much good fun and better than that, the kind of thing that can be enjoyed by young and old, male or female. It is really a dream of movie and some brilliant pop tunes are employed that really work fantastically against the images. Real tear-to-the-eye stuff.

A real bliss-out of a movie and all parties should be congratulated for making it so great. A real DVD buyer, because it can be enjoyed over and over again. Bring on the follow up, I can't wait.

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