Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson-directed-movies, Shrek is a 2001 computer-animated American comedy film. Shrek is derived from a German word 'schreck' meaning 'terror'. The film was produced by DreamWorks Animation and starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. Based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek, it was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
With many adult-oriented jokes and themes, Shrek was critically acclaimed as an animated film worthy of adult interest. The movie has a simple enough plot and humor to grab the attention of children till its end. It made notable use of pop music produced by Smash Mouth, Eels, Joan Jett, The Proclaimers, Jason Wade, The Baha Men, and Rufus Wainwright. On November 7, 2001, it was released on DVD and VHS as well.
The film was ranked second in a Channel 4 poll of the 100 greatest family films. Furthermore, Shrek was made the mascot for the company's animation productions. In June 2008, the American Film Institute revealed its 'Ten top Ten' best films, out of which Shrek was acknowledged as the 8th best film in the animated genre. It was the only non-Disney film on the top 10 chart.
The animated movie features the character of Myers as a large, strong, solitude-loving, intimidating Scottish ogre named Shrek, Diaz as the beautiful but very down-to-earth and feisty Princess Fiona, Murphy as a talkative donkey named Donkey, and Lithgow as the villainous Lord Farquaad. The film was released in 2001 and met with a great acclaim. It helped establish Dream Works as a major competitor to Walt Disney Pictures in the field of feature film animation.
The story begins with Shrek, enjoying life within his home which is shattered when he rescues the stubborn and talkative Donkey from short Lord Farquaad's soldiers. Farquaad is obsessed with ruling a 'perfect kingdom', with no fairy tale creatures. He uses the Magic Mirror to select a princess bride to marry to become king and chooses Princess Fiona. Fiona is held imprisoned in a castle surrounded by lava and guarded by a fire-breathing dragon.
Lord Farquaad relocates all the fairy tale creatures to Shrek's swamp. Shrek and Donkey head off to the Kingdom of Duloc to plead with him to have his swamp back. In order to remove the fairy tale creatures from the swap, Shrek has to set on a mission to rescue Fiona. On their way back, Fiona insists that they should stop and make camp as sunset comes. Shrek and Donkey talk under the stars, where Shrek reveals he is upset that people judge him falsely without getting to know him.
As the movie continues, donkey finds Fiona an Ogress. Fiona explains that when she was a child, she was cursed by an enchantment by a witch. She is human by day, ogress by night, until she receives her true love's first kiss and takes 'love's true form'. Upon feeling common a lot in Fiona and Shrek, donkey tells Fiona about Shrek's feelings. Here misunderstanding originates when Shrek comes up to the door but overhears only part of the conversation between them and thinks that Fiona is calling him a horrible monster.
Shrek goes back home heartbroken and returns to his normal life, even more miserable than ever. Donkey returns to Shrek's swamp to confront Shrek and tells him the actual story. Shrek wants to end the wedding before it is too late. Donkey whistles and Dragon appears taking them to the kingdom. Upon arriving, Shrek storms in and objects to the wedding, telling Fiona the ulterior motives of the King.
Farquaad realizes that Shrek has fallen in love with Fiona. When Farquaad and Fiona are one kiss away from their happily ever after, the sun sets, revealing Fiona's ogre form. Farquaad, disgusted, orders his knights to kill Shrek and lock Fiona but Dragon smashes through a stained glass window and swallows Farquaad. Shrek tells Fiona that he truly loves her and kisses her which turned Fiona into an ogress permanently. After getting married, the two set off on their honeymoon in an onion carriage.
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