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
Kelly Adam Asbury (born January 15, 1960 in Beaumont, Texas) is an American film director, screenwriter, voice actor, published children’s book author/illustrator, and non-fiction author/historian.
He attended Lamar University for two years before, in 1980, transferring to the renowned California Institute of the Arts, where he studied animation and filmmaking. He is known for being an artist in a variety of capacities on many animated movies and directed the two Academy Award nominated feature films Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) and Shrek 2 (2004).
In addition to directing, Asbury provided some of the extra voices in Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.
He has written a non-fiction book titled Dummy Days, which is a biography of five 20th century ventriloquists. He is the author and illustrator of twelve published children’s books.
He recently co-wrote and directed the popular animated movie titled Gnomeo and Juliet (2011), for which he also provided the… read more
Conrad Vernon IV (born July 11, 1968) is an American director, storyboard artist, writer, and voice actor, best known for his work on the DreamWorks animated film series Shrek as well as other films such as Monsters vs. Aliens and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
Life and career
Vernon, a native of Lubbock, Texas, studied at CalArts and worked as a storyboard artist on Ralph Bakshi’s Cool World, 2 Stupid Dogs, Rocko’s Modern Life, Nightmare Ned, Morto the Magician.
In 1996, he joined DreamWorks, where he worked as a storyboard artist on Antz. After Antz proved a success as the first animated feature film to be produced by DreamWorks Animation, Vernon signed on as a writer for Shrek, where he was responsible for the Gingerbread Man, and eventually voiced that character. He also appeared in Shrek 4-D and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. In 2004, he made his feature film directorial debut with the Academy Award-nominated Shrek 2. He voiced Mason the chimpanzee… read more
A damn good sequel that is close to being better than the first, but is not quite on the level of greatness and originality as that film. It does however introduce a lot of funny, memorable new characters, most notably the swashbuckling cat, Puss in Boots, whose big-eyed cutesy face kills me every time I see it.
Far more oriented in pop culture than the first, this entry in the Shrek franchise comes across like a bad Family Guy wannabe, and Family Guy isn't good in the first place. Simply making pop culture references does not a good or funny film make, Donkey and Puss In Boots are funny, though not enough to save the movie...