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Shrek is a computer-animated movie adaptation of William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture-book of the same name. It was released by DreamWorks SKG in May 2001. It was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, a category introduced in 2002. It was released on DVD on November 2 2001.

The name Shrek is probably derived from the German word schrecklich, meaning terrible.

The film features the voices of Mike Myers as a large green ogre named Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, Eddie Murphy as a talkative donkey, and John Lithgow as the vain Lord Farquaad. The soundtrack includes music by Smash Mouth, The Proclaimers, Jason Wade and Rufus Wainwright.

The film contains many parodies of classic Disney films. Lord Farquaad's face visually resembles Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who fired current Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg from Disney in 1994.

The voice of Shrek was originally recorded by Chris Farley. After his death, Mike Myers was brought on to replace him. After Myers had completed providing the voice for the character and the movie was well into production, he asked to be allowed to re-record all of his lines in a Scottish accent.

This film's sequel, Shrek 2, was released on May 19, 2004 and quickly overtook Disney's Finding Nemo as the most successful animated film of all time.


Stieg, Wiliam (1990). Shrek , Sunburst Paperback. ISBN: 0-374-46623-8

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