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Shrek [2001] - 5.97

Full of verve and wit Shrek is a computer-animated adaptation of William Steig's delightfully fractured fairy tale. 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 jokes that make Shrek a winner. The PG rating is stretched when Murphy and Myers hit their strides. The mild potty humour is fun enough for the 10-year-old 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 keeps the entertainment in fine form. Produced by DreamWorks, the film also takes several delicious stabs at its cross-town rival, Disney. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com

On the DVD: DVD could have been invented to showcase Shrek's stunning computer animation--admirably served here by 16:9 anamorphic widescreen presentation--while the exuberant soundtrack comes alive in 5.1 Dolby Digital.

There are plenty of extras to choose from on this DVD, from The Tech of Shrek and fake Character Interviews to the amusing Swamp Karaoke Dance Party featuring the whole cast. However, none of these features have much depth, nor do they last long and it would be easy to feel slightly disappointed--were it not for the excellent Shrek's ReVoice Studio. This first-of-its-kind feature requires a computer running Microsoft Windows 98SE or higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, an Internet connection and a DVD-ROM drive. However, once the DVD-ROM is up and running, the instructions could not be clearer and within minutes the whole family will be dubbing their voices over favourite characters and scenes--rendering the other extras almost irrelevant.--Helen Baker

Customer reviews (av rating: 4.5):

Rating: 5:
"What kind of knight are you?" : The answer to the question is that Shrek is one of a kind. Mike Myers is the voice behind the best-known ogre in the movie industry. Shrek lives in a secluded area of the forest, but when Lord Farquaad resolves that all the fairy creatures need to live in this area, Shrek's peace is seriously affected. Thus, he focuses on scaring everyone away, even though at heart he is a big teddy-bear. One day, he sees a regiment from the kingdom of Far Far Away capturing fairies. Lord Farquaad, the leader of the oppressors, thinks that the talking donkey deserves to be incarcerated, but Shrek cannot help himself and rescues the poor thing.

This is not the last Shrek and Farquaad will see of each other. The latter decides that he would like to marry Princess Fiona, but there is a small obstacle in the way. She is held hostage in a castle defended by a fierce dragon and many have succumbed in their rescue attempts. Therefore, Farquaad organizes a tournament to decide who should go to bring back his wife-to-be. You can take a guess as to who the lucky winner is.

This is not your typical fairy tale, and it is definitely intended for an audience a little more mature, but it is an enjoyable one. There is one word that defines this movie to the T: humor. The actors selected to give voice to the characters of Shrek (Myers), Lady Fionna (Cameron Diaz) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) are perfect for their roles. The writers also did an excellent job in picking the jokes and the funny comments throughout the production are something to cherish.

There is also a wide selection of extra features in the two-disc DVD; including an area designated as Dreamwork Kids that allows you to select you favorite scenes, watch two music videos (Baha Men and Smash Mouth), and play interactive games and trivia. My favorite extra feature was the one that discusses the technical aspects of the animation, because this is one of the most amazing aspects of this film. Nowadays there are many examples of animation of this quality, but when "Shrek" first came out, it was one of a kind. Finally, the music completes the total package, since it blends perfectly with the different parts of the plot and it is catchy and enjoyable. Overall, a great effort that cannot be missed!

Rating: 5:
My two-year-old's favourite film : My son loves this film and insists on watching it every day - at least once a day!
My only gripe is why the heck does Robin Hood have a French accent when the whole world knows he came from Nottingham?

Rating: 5:
SHREK, ROCKS!! :
Full of verve and wit Shrek is a computer-animated adaptation of William Steig's delightfully fractured fairy tale. 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 jokes that make Shrek a winner. The PG rating is stretched when Murphy and Myers hit their strides. The mild potty humour is fun enough for the 10-year-old 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 keeps the entertainment in fine form. Produced by DreamWorks, the film also takes several delicious stabs at its cross-town rival, Disney. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com
On the DVD: DVD could have been invented to showcase Shrek's stunning computer animation--admirably served here by 16:9 anamorphic widescreen presentation--while the exuberant soundtrack comes alive in 5.1 Dolby Digital.

There are plenty of extras to choose from on this DVD, from The Tech of Shrek and fake Character Interviews to the amusing Swamp Karaoke Dance Party featuring the whole cast. However, none of these features have much depth, nor do they last long and it would be easy to feel slightly disappointed--were it not for the excellent Shrek's ReVoice Studio. This first-of-its-kind feature requires a computer running Microsoft Windows 98SE or higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, an Internet connection and a DVD-ROM drive. However, once the DVD-ROM is up and running, the instructions could not be clearer and within minutes the whole family will be dubbing their voices over favourite characters and scenes--rendering the other extras almost irrelevant

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Rating: 4:
"You Were Expecting Prince Charming?" : Shrek (Mike Myers) is an ugly green ogre who only likes life when he is alone. Naturally, he's rather upset when his swamp is invaded by all kinds of magical creatures. Seems that Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) is trying to create the perfect kingdom. And everyone knows that you can't have a perfect kingdom with magical creatures around.

But Shrek is not going to take this lightly. Setting out with a talking Donkey (Eddie Murphy), he goes to meet Lord Farquaad to demand his swamp back.

But Farquaad has other ideas. He's looking for someone to go on a quest for him. The mission, to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from a fire breathing dragon. So he makes a deal with Shrek - rescue the girl, and he can have his swamp back.

Naturally, Shrek agrees to the deal. But Fiona is not at all what Shrek thought she'd be like. And she has a secret. All this makes the perfect fractured fairytale.

This computer animated movie is a riot. It takes many fairytale conventions and turns them on their ear. There are also lots of great small gags, usually at the expense of a classic story. And Disney. Katzenberg obviously feels the need to get back at his ex-employer. But, Disney fanatic that I am, I must admit some of those jokes are my favorites. Along the way, the movie develops a great heart as well and subtly slips in a message about loving people for who they are. The animation, while a bit rough on the "extras" is wonderful on the main characters.

The only problem with the movie, and it's a big one, is the crude humor. Shrek's on ogre. We get it. Fortunately, these jokes lessen as the movie progresses. There are a few jokes that are questionable for young children as well.

Of course, most of them probably won't get many of the jokes anyway. This is a fairytale for adults. And a fun one at that.

Rating: 5:
Hey now, you're an all star! : Ignore everything your mother ever told you about those damsels in distress. Forget what you've heard about Prince Charming's immaculate manners. In fact, toss everything you think you know about every fairy tale you've ever read straight out the open window, then round up the kids, grab a bag of popcorn and settle in for a re-education of monstrous proportions!
Featuring state of the art CGI, a thumping sound track and an all star cast (Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, John Lithgow and Cameron Diaz), Dreamwork's production is, at every opportunity, deliciously fresh, downright dirty and, most notably, irrefutable fun! With a tale that will almost certainly appeal to all ages, it is near flawless in every respect. If you haven't already witnessed the legend of Shrek, do it now!
Little known fact: "I'm a Believer", originally written and performed by Neil Diamond, was re-recorded by Smash Mouth for this film. (Smash Mouth is best known for their hit song, "All Star" which also featured in the movie.)

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