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THE STORY

Once upon a time in a far away swamp there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairytale characters. There are blind mice in his food, a big, bad wolf in his bed, three little homeless pigs and more, all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad.
Determined to save their home (not to mention his own) Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona to be Farquaad's bride. Accompanying him on his mission is a wisecracking Donkey who will do anything for Shrek... except shut up. Rescuing the Princess from a fire-breathing dragon may prove the least of their problems when the deep, dark secret she has been keeping is revealed.

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS ~ FAVORITE MOTION PICTURE

Katzenberg & Myers with People's Choice Award.

Actor Mike Myers, right, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, producer of the film "Shrek," rub heads as they clown around backstage after Myers accepted the favorite motion picture award for "Shrek" at the 28th annual People's Choice Awards in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 13, 2002. Katzenberg is one of three principles of Dreamworks SKG which produced the film. The awards recognize winners in film, television and music as voted by the public. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

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ACADEMY AWARDS 2002 ~ BEST ANIMATED FILM

Warner with Academy Award.

Aron Warner's Speech - "Thank you members of the Academy for inviting us to the party by creating this category to begin with. SHREK took five years and over 500 people to bring to life so I'm incredibly honored to be up here on behalf of the entire team. Special thanks go to John Williams who originally brought William Steig's book to DreamWorks, Laurie MacDonald who thought it might make a good animated movie, the amazing directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson. Our incredible cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow. Executive producers Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandy Rabins and David Lipman. Terry Press and Jim Tharp at DreamWorks and the entire staff of animators and artists at PDI/DreamWorks. Finally I want to thank my fellow producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has a love for animation that borders on obsession and who is the real reason we're here tonight. Thank you."
(This is the first time an animated feature won a competitive Oscar.)

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A FAIRYTALE IN DISGUISE
By Joe Tracy, Publisher of Digital Media FX Magazine

Could it be that an animated movie which pokes fun at fairytales is actually a fairytale in disguise? After all, consider the following:

1) It has a hero in Shrek. OK, so Shrek isn't your typical hero. He is an ugly ogre, many times disgusting, and could care less (so it seems) about "saving the world".

2) It has a love interest and princess. OK, so the princess has many problems of her own and doesn't act like a princess. "She is a firecracker - a little spark plug," says Cameron Diaz, who voices the princess.

3) It has a villain. OK, so the villain has some shortcomings.

What makes Shrek a classic in its own right is that it successfully pokes fun at other animated movies and past fairy tales (Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, Peter Pan, etc.) while subtly presenting itself as a fairytale at the same time.

"Shrek kind of looks backwards at all the fairy tale traditions we grew up on, and takes great fun turning all those storytelling conventions upside down and inside out," says DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg. The producer of Shrek, Aron Warner, is quick to add to that thought.

"We basically took every fairy tale in the book and turned it on its side," says Warner. "Nothing is sacred; every fairy tale gets roasted. These characters are ripe for parody because they're part of the cosmic consciousness, so to speak."

Shrek's power of illusion is partly contributed to writers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, who experienced Disney's side of fairy tales when they wrote Aladdin. To help bring the writing to life was directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson.

"The story is about self-acceptance and that things aren't always as they appear," says Jenson. "We definitely turn the concept of beauty on its ear, which I think is a very powerful theme."

DreamWorks calls Shrek the "first computer animated fairy tale." It may be irreverent, odd, unique, and off the wall, but deep down there is a fairy tale story in disguise which adds some of the...er...charm to the film.

"It really is an allegory in which we can find something about our own lives," says Katzenberg. "Each of our characters come to understand that there is something wonderful - warts and all - about who they are. I think that's true for all of us: that the people who ultimately come to know and love us, see the strengths inside of us. Whether you're a princess, a donkey, or even a big, green, stinky ogre, you can find love and happiness."

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CAST / VOICE ARTISTS

Shrek ~ Mike Myers
Donkey ~ Eddie Murphy
Princess Fiona ~ Cameron Diaz
Lord Farquaad ~ John Lithgow
Dragon
Monsieur Hood ~ Vincent Cassel
Ogre Hunters ~ Peter Dennis, Clive Pearse
Captain of the Guards ~ Jim Cummings
Baby Bear ~ Bobby Block
Geppetto/Magic Mirror ~ Chris Miller
Pinnochio/Three Pigs ~ Cody Cameron
Old Woman ~ Kathleen Freeman
Peter Pan ~ Michael Galasso
Thelonious ~ Christopher Knights
Gingerbread Man ~ Conrad Vernon
Wrestling Fan ~ Jacquie Barnbrook
Bishop ~ Val Bettin
Blind Mice ~ Christopher Knights, Mike Myers, Simon J. Smith
Merry Men ~ Guillaume Aretos, John Bisom, Matthew Gonder,
Calvin Remsberg, Jean-Paul Vignon

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Shrek Soundtrack           Shrek Original Score

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SOUNDTRACK

1. Stay Home ~ Self
2. I'm A Believer ~ Smash Mouth
3. Like Wow! ~ Leslie Carter
4. It Is You (I Have Loved) ~ Dana Glover
5. Best Years Of Our Lives ~ Baja Men
6. Bad Reputation ~ Halfcocked
7. My Beloved Monster ~ Eels
8. You Belong To Me ~ Jason Wade
9. All Star ~ Smash Mouth
10. Hallelujah ~ Rufus Wainwright
11. I'm On My Way ~ The Proclaimers
12. I'm A Believer(reprise) ~ Eddie Murphy
13. True Loves First Kiss ~ Score

Other Songs from the movie

Welcome to Duloc
Merry Men ~ Vincent Cassel
Shrek In The Swamp Karaoke Dance Party

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SHREK ~ PHOTO GALLERY

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INFORMATION / CREDITS

Length ~ 93 mins.
Theatrical Release ~ May 18, 2001
Video Release ~ November 02, 2001
Release Company ~ DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Genre ~ Comedy, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Computer Animation
Rating ~ PG - For mild language and some crude humor
Directed By ~ Andrew Adamson, Victoria Jenson
Executive Producers ~ Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins
Co-Executive Producer ~ David Lipman
Associate Producer ~ Jane Hartwell
Producers ~ Aron Warner, John H. Williams, Jeffery Katzenberg
Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Writers ~ Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger Schulman
Original Score ~ Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell
Editor ~ Sim Evan-Jones
Production Designer ~ James Hegedus
Visual Effects Supervisor ~ Ken Bielenberg
Supervising Animator ~ Raman Hui
Based upon the book by William Steig

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After battling a fire-breathing dragon and the evil Lord Farquaad to win the hand of Princess Fiona, Shrek now faces his greatest challenge: the in-laws.
Shrek and Princess Fiona return from their honeymoon to an invitation to visit Fiona's parents, the King and Queen of the Kingdom of Far, Far Away. With Donkey along for the ride, the newlyweds set off.
All of the citizens of Far, Far Away turn out to greet their returning Princess, and her parents joyfully anticipate the homecoming of their daughter and her new Prince. But no one could have prepared them for the sight of their new son-in-law, not to mention how much their little girl had... well... changed.
Little did Shrek and Fiona know that their marriage had foiled all of her father's plans for her future... and his own.
Now the King must enlist the help of a powerful Fairy Godmother, the handsome Prince Charming and that famed ogre killer 'Puss In Boots' to put right his version of "happily ever after."

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CAST / VOICE ARTISTS

Shrek ~ Mike Myers
Donkey ~ Eddie Murphy
Princess Fiona ~ Cameron Diaz
Queen Lillian ~ Julie Andrews
Puss In Boots ~ Antonio Banderas
King Harold ~ John Cleese
Prince Charming ~ Rupert Everett
Fairy Godmother ~ Jennifer Saunders
Wolf ~ Aron Warner
Page/Elf/Nobleman/Nobleman's Son ~ Kelly Asbury
Pinocchio/Three Pigs ~ Cody Cameron
Gingerbread Man/Cedric/Announcer/Muffin
Man/Mongo ~ Conrad Vernon
Blind Mouse ~ Christopher Knights
Herold/Man with Box ~ David P. Smith
Mirror/Dresser ~ Mark Moseley
Fast Food Clerk ~ Kelly Cooney
Bar Frog ~ Wendy Bilanski
Ugly Stepsister ~ Larry King
Receptionist ~ Guillaume Aretos
Humphries/Magic Mirror ~ Chris Miller
Doll/Jill ~ Latifa Ouaou
Maiden #1/Generic Female #2 ~ Alina Phelan
Maiden #2 ~ Erika Thomas
Joan Rivers ~ Joan Rivers
Captin of the Guards ~ Andrew Adamson

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SOUNDTRACK

1. Accidentally In Love ~ Counting Crows
2. Holding Out For A Hero ~ Frou-Frou
3. Changes ~ Butterfly Boucher Featuring David Bowie
4. As Lovers Go ~ Dashboard Confessional
5. Funkytown ~ Lipps Inc
6. I'm On My Way ~ Rich Price
7. I Need Sleep ~ Eels
8. Ever Fallen In Love ~ Pete Yorn
9. Little Drop Of Poison ~ Tom Waits
10. You're So True ~ Joseph Arthur
11. People Ain't No Good ~ Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
12. Fairy Godmother Song ~ Jennifer Saunders
13. Livin' La Vida Loca ~ Eddie Murphy & Antonio Banderas
14. Holding Out For A Hero 2 ~ Jennifer Saunders

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SHREK 2 ~ PHOTO GALLERY

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INFORMATION / CREDITS

Length ~ 92 mins.
Theatrical Release ~ May 19, 2004
Video Release ~ November 5, 2004
Release Company ~ DreamWorks Distribution LLC
Genre ~ Animation, Acton/Adventure, Comedy, Family,
Fantasy and sequel
Rating ~ PG - for some crude humor, a brief reference and
some suggestive content
Directed By ~ Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
Executive Producer ~ Jeffery Katzenberg
Producers ~ Aron J. Warner, John H. Williams, David Lipman
Writers ~ Andrew Adamson, Joe Stillman, David Stem,
David Weiss, Chris Miller
Editor ~ Michael W. Andrews, Sim Evan-Jones
Original Score ~ Harry Gregson-Williams
Production Designer ~ Guillaume Aretos
Visual Effects Supervisor ~ Ken Bielenberg
Supervising Animators ~ Raman Hui, Tim Cheung, James Baxter
Based upon the book by William Steig

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