“All right, nobody move! I’ve got a dragon and I’m not afraid to use it! I’m a donkey on the edge!”
When a green ogre called Shrek discovers his swamp has been ‘swamped’ with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out, with a very loud donkey by his side, to ‘persuade’ Farquaad to give his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is waiting for her one true love. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek like Fiona, but Fiona is keeping something secret. –IMDb
A director born in New Zealand as the child of Methodist missionary parents, Andrew Adamson came to specialize almost exclusively in fantasy-themed material. He began his career as a special-effects technician on films including Toys (1992), A Time to Kill (1996), and Batman & Robin (1997), but moved into the ranks of Hollywood’s elite with his work directing the breakthrough DreamWorks CG-animated comedy Shrek (2001). That film clocked in as a blockbuster hit (to say the least — grossing a reported 484 million dollars worldwide) and paved the way for several sequels, with the first two also directed by Adamson. Then, beginning in 2004, Walden Media tapped Adamson to write, direct, and executive produce the first two adaptations of the Chronicles of Narnia books by British author C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2007). Audiences turned the franchise into a massive hit and a cash cow for… read more
Victoria “Vicky” Jenson is an animation director at DreamWorks Animation and Disney, most notable for having co-directed Shrek, the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Jenson “started as a background artist at Hanna-Barbera in 1977, became a storyboard artist for Warner Bros., Marvel and Disney Television, and variously worked as a production designer, art director and co-producer”. She got one of her earliest starts working for Filmation doing the storyboard backgrounds on the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon series in the early 1980s. She also worked on Mighty Mouse in the 1980s and the The Ren & Stimpy Show in the early 1990s, and was the art director for FernGully: The Last Rainforest in 1992, and the production designer for Computer Warriors: The Adventure Begins and Playroom. She began working for DreamWorks as a production designer and story artist for The Road to El Dorado in 2000, and co-directed Shrek (with Andrew Adamson… read more
The first one was good, the other Shrek movies not so much and destroyed the quality of the first one.
For a kids cartoon, Shrek was some ground breaking stuff at the time and it still is to this day, with its very adult plot, characters, jokes and themes and its many vicious jabs at the Disney company. A comedy classic.
Shrek (2001) is maybe not my favorite film, but it definitively has its charm and wit with the material used in the story’s comedic timing that made the film successful and later became a franchise… read review
To see Shrek is to be transported into a world of storybook beauty of green meadows and starry skies as beautiful as a clear summer night. But there is also something odd, wonderfully odd… read review