The Rewind- Shrek


Shrek (2001)

Genre: Animated, Comedy

Starring: Michael Myers, Eddie Murray, John Lithgow, Cameron Diaz

Plot: Loner Ogre wants his swamp back from squattes. Goes on an adventure to rescue and damsel in distress to do so.

Budget: 60 Million

Box-Office: Domestic- 267.6 Million

Worldwide: 484.4 Million

IMDb: 7.9 of 480,000+

Rotten Tomatoes: 88% 7.8/10, 90% audiences enjoyed it.

My Take:

Shrek by Dreamworks Animation was the studios first major franchise hit.  It took the developing trend of making animated films for all audiences (not just kids) and bringing it to a new level with layered humor. (Double entendre anyone?)

Chris Farly was originally set to voice Shrek, but after his unfortunate passing at age 33, the studio went in a different direction and brought on board another popular SNL alumni who was all the rage, Michael Myers (Totally not the antagonist from Halloween.)

This film follows the then unlovable ogre known as Shrek as he seeks to rid his swamp of annoying squatters which Lord Farquaad (Lithgow) banished into the forest. In order to do so, he must team up with Donkey (Murray) and rescue the young princess Fiona (Diaz) from volcano encircled castle guarded by a dragon and return her to Farquaad so they may be married. The adventure that Donkey, Fiona, and Shrek endure is one of humor, action, and romance.

Shrek remains one of the finer animated movies created by Dreamworks, It has good humor with a mix for young and old, fun action scenes mimicking popular culture, and most importantly a good story arc filled with character development.

Shrek is a character you can love, because you see his thought process from start to finish and how it changes over time. His emotions are expressed very well and it makes him quite the relatable character.


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