Shrek (2001)

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It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot -- a wisecracking donkey.

Summary and Plot
"Shrek" is a 2001 animated comedy movie by DreamWorks, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz. The film reimagines the traditional fairy tale theme, focusing on Shrek, a green ogre who prefers solitude in his swamp. It is a tale of friendship, love, and self-discovery that creates a mix of humor and experience.

Beginning - The Solitary Ogre
The story begins with Shrek, the green ogre who loves solitude in his overload. His life takes a turn when fairy tale animals are disposed on his land by Lord Farquaad who wishes to rid his kingdom, Duloc, of all fairy-tale animals. To get his home back, Shrek strikes a handle Farquaad to save Princess Fiona, whom the small lord wants to marry.

Mission for the Princess
Shrek embarks on this rescue objective accompanied by a chatterbox donkey, who becomes his bothersome but loyal buddy. Shrek and Donkey deal with several difficulties, including a fire-breathing dragon, but eventually prosper in rescuing Fiona, who has been awaiting her true love to rescue her.

Unraveling of Truths
Nevertheless, Fiona conceals a trick; she's under a spell that turns her into a troll in the evening and can only be broken by true love's very first kiss. While initially resistant, Shrek and Fiona bond over shared experiences, leading to a budding romance in between them. Nevertheless, a misunderstanding orchestrated by Lord Farquaad causes Shrek to push Fiona away.

Twisted Romance
Shrek go back to his lonesome overload, thinking that Fiona and Lord Farquaad are suggested for each other. However, he quickly finds out Fiona's trick which she likes him, not Farquaad. In a thrilling climax, Shrek and Donkey rush to Duloc to stop the wedding event. Shrek confesses his love for Fiona and kisses her, breaking the spell and completely transforming Fiona into an ogre.

At the end of the movie, the disappointed Lord Farquaad is swallowed by the dragon while Shrek weds Fiona. They ride off in their carriage, living happily ever after. At the same time, Shrek discovers that love and friendship can lead to genuine joy, even for a loneliness-loving troll. "Shrek" is a movie that blurs the lines between conventional hero and monster, revealing that charm lies within, no matter the external appearance.

Important Acclaim
"Shrek" was critically acclaimed for its funny take on fairy tales, impressive animation, and compelling storytelling. It appealed similarly to kids and grownups with its layered jokes and messages and had a considerable cultural effect. The movie's success resulted in multiple follows up, spin-offs, and a massive franchise, sealing Shrek's status as a pop culture icon. This dreamy experience won the very first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Top Cast

  • Mike Myers (small)
    Mike Myers
    Shrek / Blind Mouse / Opening Narration (voice)
  • Eddie Murphy (small)
    Eddie Murphy
    Donkey (voice)
  • Cameron Diaz (small)
    Cameron Diaz
    Princess Fiona (voice)
  • John Lithgow (small)
    John Lithgow
    Lord Farquaad (voice)
  • Vincent Cassel (small)
    Vincent Cassel
    Monsieur Hood (voice)
  • Peter Dennis (small)
    Peter Dennis
    Ogre Hunter (voice)
  • Clive Pearse (small)
    Clive Pearse
    Ogre Hunter (voice)
  • Jim Cummings (small)
    Jim Cummings
    Captain of Guards (voice)
  • Bobby Block (small)
    Bobby Block
    Baby Bear (voice)
  • Chris Miller (small)
    Chris Miller
    Geppetto / Magic Mirror (voice)
  • Cody Cameron (small)
    Cody Cameron
    Pinocchio / Three Pigs (voice)