Story

William Steig's delightfully fractured fairy tale is the right stuff for this computer-animated adaptation full of verve and wit. 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 humor that makes Shrek a winner. The PG rating is stretched when Murphy and Myers hit their strides. The mild potty humor is fun enough for 10-year-olds 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 keep the entertainment in fine form. Produced by DreamWorks, the film also takes several delicious stabs at its crosstown rival, Disney. --Doug Thomas

DVD Features

  • Animated
  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Surround Sound
  • Full Screen
  • Digital Sound

Cast

Mike MyersShrek
Eddie MurphyDonkey
Cameron DiazPrincess Fiona
John LithgowLord Farquaad
Vincent CasselMonsieur Hood

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  • Genre: Animated Movies
  • Theme(s): Fantasy, Satire/Parody/Comedy, Family
  • Director: Vicky Jenson
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 90 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 18, 2001
    EuropeJun 29, 2001
    JapanDec 15, 2001
    AustraliaJun 21, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropeU
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 19, 2003
    EuropeNov 12, 2001
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