Shrek (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 2001.  DreamWorks Animation, DreamWorks, Pacific Data Images.  Screenplay by , , , , additional dialogue by , , , based on the book by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Computer-generated masterpiece produced by Dreamworks that takes traditional fairy tales and turns them on their wistful little ears.  ably voices the role of the title character, a mean and grungy ogre who sets himself on a quest to rescue a princess () in return for the evil Prince Farquart (, deliciously menacing) giving him the title to his swamp. Along the way he befriends an overly talkative donkey (, assuring himself Hall of Fame status in animation history with this and his work in Mulan), and upon meeting the fair princess finds himself charmingly drawn to her personality. The animation is exceptionally well designed, the screenplay is ripe with humour and very funny puns involving the fairy tale characters we all know so well (my personal favourite: the Gingerbread Man telling the Prince to “Eat Me!”). Conclusion with the musical number is a plus.

Academy Award:  Best Animated Feature
Nomination: Best Adapted Screenplay

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy

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