Summary of MovieShrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson in their directorial debut. It features the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. It is loosely based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek!, and somewhat serves as a parody film, targeting other films adapted from numerous children's fantasies (mainly animated Disney films). The film's soundtrack includes music by Smash Mouth, Eels, Joan Jett, The Proclaimers, Jason Wade, Baha Men, and John Cale (covering Leonard Cohen).
The film focues on an ogre named Shrek (voiced by Myers) who finds his swamp overrun by fairy tale creatures who have been banished there by order of the evil Lord Farquaad (voiced by Lithgow). In order to get his swamp back, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to bring him a queen in exchange for the deed for his swamp. Shrek sets out with a talking Donkey (voiced by Murphy) and they find Princess Fiona (voiced by Diaz). While they take Fiona to Farquaad so she can marry him, Shrek starts to fall in love with the princess and soon discovers a shocking secret about her.
The rights to Steig's book were originally bought by Steven Spielberg in 1991, before the founding of DreamWorks, when he thought about making a traditionally animated film based on the book. However, John H. Williams convinced him to bring the film to DreamWorks in 1994, the time the studio was founded, and the film was put quickly into active development by Jeffrey Katzenberg after the rights were bought by the studio in 1995. Shrek originally cast Chris Farley to do the voice for the title character, recording about 80%–90% of his dialogue. After Farley died in 1997 before he could finish, Mike Myers was brought in to work for the character, who after his first recording decided to record his voice in a Scottish accent. The film was also originally planned to be motion-captured, but after poor results, the studio decided to get Pacific Data Images to help Shrek get its final computer-animated look.
The film grossed $484.4 million at the worldwide box office, and an estimated 47 million tickets were sold in the US. Shrek also received promotion from food chains such as Baskin-Robbins (promoting the film's DVD release) and Burger King. It was acclaimed as an animated film worthy of adult interest, with many adult-oriented jokes and themes but a simple enough plot and humour to appeal to children. Shrek won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was also nominated for six British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Eddie Murphy for his voice-over performance as Donkey, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film's main (and title) character was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2010.
Shrek established DreamWorks Animation as a prime competitor to Pixar in feature film animation, particularly in computer animation. The film's success prompted DreamWorks to create three sequels—Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010), two holiday specials—Shrek the Halls (2007) and Scared Shrekless (2010), and a spin-off film—Puss in Boots (2011). A fifth film, planned as the last of the series, was cancelled in 2009 with the announcement that the fourth film would conclude the series. However, the fifth film was revived in 2016, with a planned release for 2019/2020. The film's success also inspired other merchandise, such as video games, a stage musical, and a comic book adaptation by Dark Horse Comics.
|#||Name of Film||Release Date||MAD Parodies/Pop-Culture References|
|1||Shrek||May 18, 2001||4 Parodies. Shrek gets spoofed alongside with Law & Order appeared in Law & Ogre and Cloudy with a Chance of Flavor. Donkey appeared in Law & Ogre, So You Think You Can Train Your Dragon How to Dance, Fast Hive and in Adjustment Burro. Princess Fiona appeared in Law & Ogre. The Dragon appeared in So You Think You Can Train Your Dragon How to Dance. Big Bad Wolf appeared in Law & Ogre. Was also seen in Celebrity Wife Swamp as a main parody.|
|2||Shrek 2||May 21, 2004||1 Parody. Puss in Boots appeared in Law & Ogre.|
|3||Shrek the Third||May 18, 2007||None|
|4||Shrek Forever After||May 21, 2010||2 Parodies. The movie appears in Law & Ogre when Shrek tells Kevin and Cyrus that he can have the life he wanted by Rumpelstiltskin. Rumpelstiltskin also appeared in Celebrity Wife Swamp.|
Appearances in MAD
- Episode 10 Cloudy with a Chance of Flavor: Right at the end there was a cereal box named "Rice Shreks".
- Episode 15 So You Think You Can Train Your Dragon How to Dance: Donkey and Dragon were contestants in the competition.
- Episode 20 Law & Ogre: Shrek and his friends get spoofed alongside with Law & Order.
- Episode 5 (31) Fast Hive: Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh) was sad that he didn't get the donkey role in Shrek.
- Episode 21 (47) Celebrity Wife Swamp: Shrek gets spoofed along with Celebrity Wife Swap.