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Shrek
Director: Andrew Adamson (Dir)
Release Date:   18 May 2001
Premiere Information:   World premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France: 12 May 2001; Los Angeles and New York opening: 16 May 2001
Production Date:   began 15 Oct 1996; principal animation at Pacific Data Images (PDI) in Palo Alto, CA
Duration (in mins):   85
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Cast: [Voices] Mike Myers (Shrek/Blind Mouse)  
    Eddie Murphy (Donkey)  
    Cameron Diaz (Princess Fiona)  
    John Lithgow (Lord Farquaad)  
    Vincent Cassel (Monsieur Hood)  
  Additional voices Peter Dennia (Ogre hunter)  
    Clive Pearse (Ogre hunter)  
    Jim Cummings (Captain of guards)  
    Bobby Block (Baby Bear)  
    Chris Miller (Geppetto/Magic Mirror)  
    Cody Cameron (Pinocchio/Three Pigs)  
    Kathleen Freeman (Old woman)  
    Michael Galasso (Peter Pan)  
    Christopher Knights (Blind Mouse/Thelonious)  
    Simon J. Smith (Blind mouse)  
    Conrad Vernon (Gingerbread Man)  
    Jacquie Barnbrook (Wrestling fan)  
    Guillaume Aretos (Merry Man)  
    John Bisom (Merry Man)  
    Matthew Gonder (Merry Man)  
    Calvin Remsberg (Merry Man)  
    John-Paul Vignon (Merry Man)  
    Val Bettin (Bishop)  

Summary: One night, Shrek, a large ogre who lives in a cozy cottage in a swamp, has his solitude interrupted by torch-carrying villagers from a nearby town. After Shrek politely frightens the villagers away, he picks up a dropped piece of paper that reads: “Wanted Fairy Tale Creatures Reward.” The next day, as dozens of terrified fairy tale creatures are being brought in for rewards, an Old Woman turns in a Donkey, saying that he talks. Donkey refuses to speak, but when a tiny fairy crashes into him, sprinkling him with magic dust, he starts to fly and gleefully boasts out loud. Crashing to earth, Donkey escapes and runs into Shrek. They are soon approached by guards, who order them to halt by order of Lord Farquaad, but Shrek scares them away. The jive-talking Donkey, who immediately warms to his new acquaintance, decides to tag along with Shrek, despite the ogre’s gruff insistence that he likes to be alone. Back at the swamp, Shrek refuses to allow Donkey to stay inside his cottage, but soon finds his dinner interrupted by the appearance of three Blind Mice, a nightgown-clad wolf and a myriad of other fairy tale creatures. Shrek loudly orders them to leave his swamp and return home, but they reply that they cannot because Farquaad has evicted them. The disgusted Shrek determines to remedy the situation by finding Farquaad and demanding that the creatures be sent back. Amid the gleeful cheers of the creatures, Shrek, accompanied by the unshakable Donkey, sets off to find Farquaad. Meanwhile, in a castle in Duloc, the diminutive Farquaad tortures a Gingerbread Man, then asks a Magic Mirror how he can become king. Magic Mirror advises him to marry a princess and shows him three choices, Snow White, Cinderella and, finally, Princess Fiona, who is locked in a castle guarded by a Dragon. Farquaad does not listen to Magic Mirror's warning that something happens to the beautiful Fiona at night and chooses her, then determines to find a champion to free her. When Shrek and Donkey arrive at the immaculately maintained Duloc, the town is deserted, but they find everyone in the stadium listening to a speech by Farquaad, who is holding a tournament to determine a champion. Seeing Shrek, Farquaad announces that the person who kills the ogre will be the champion. Shrek easily bests his attackers and so impresses Farquaad that he names Shrek his champion and agrees to give him the deed to the swamp and send the fairy tale creatures back home in exchange for freeing Princess Fiona. As Shrek and Donkey journey toward the princess’ castle, Shrek philosophizes that ogres are usually misunderstood but actually have many layers, like onions. Once at their destination, Shrek and the frightened Donkey successfully navigate a rope bridge suspended over a lava pit and enter the castle. Donkey comes face to face with the Dragon, who snaps to attention and goes after him, but Shrek dons armor and saves him. In the process, though, Shrek is flung into Fiona’s tower room. She is impressed by Shrek’s entrance and pretends to be asleep so that her “knight so bold as to rescue her” can kiss her awake. Instead, Shrek gives her a shake and is uninterested in her talk of romance. Dragging Fiona through the castle, Shrek finds Donkey, who has inadvertently awakened amorous feelings in the female Dragon. She tries to prevent them from leaving, but Shrek effects their escape and ensnares the Dragon in chains. Once safely on the road to Duloc, Fiona demands to see Shrek’s face and is disappointed by his appearance until he assures her that Farquaad has sent him. When she stubbornly insists that only her true love can rescue her, Shrek hoists her over his shoulder and continues on. During the journey, Donkey seeks Fiona’s advice on how to discourage the Dragon’s romantic interest, and Shrek and Donkey joke about Farquaad’s size. When Fiona realizes that it will soon be nightfall and Duloc is some distance away, she adamantly refuses to go farther and spends the night alone in a cave. Later, as Donkey sympathizes with Shrek’s regret that the world “has a problem” with a big ugly ogre, Fiona eavesdrops. Next morning, a very cheerful Fiona emerges from the cave and makes breakfast for Shrek. When the three resume their journey, Fiona and Shrek playfully tease each other and start to realize that they have a lot in common. When they see Duloc in the distance, both Fiona and Shrek come up with excuses to delay reaching Duloc. During dinner, Shrek and Fiona look dreamy-eyed at each other, but at sunset Fiona retreats, alone, into a deserted windmill. Donkey comments that Shrek and Fiona are “digging on each other,” but Shrek thinks that a princess would never be interested in an ogre. Donkey then sneaks into the windmill and is astonished to find that Fiona has turned into an ogre. She tells him that because of a curse she will spend her days beautiful, but at sunset turn into the ugly creature she is now, until the curse is removed by love’s first kiss. She then starts to cry, saying that she must marry Farquaad before sunset. Just as Fiona expresses doubt that anyone could love someone so ugly, Shrek, who has gathered flowers and practiced loving endearments to tell Fiona, approaches the door of the windmill and thinks that she is speaking of him. The next morning, Shrek angrily tells Fiona he heard what she said the previous night, and she assumes that he knows about the curse but does not care for her because she is ugly. Just then, Farquaad and his entourage arrive, and he proposes to Fiona, who immediately accepts and suggests that they marry that day. After Fiona rides off with Farquaad, Shrek angrily rejects Donkey’s advice and the two part. During the ensuing hours, Fiona pines for Shrek as she prepares for her wedding, while Shrek sadly returns to his lonely swamp and Donkey encounters the lovesick Dragon, who has followed him. Later, Shrek hears something outside and finds Donkey building a wall with some branches. Donkey chastises Shrek for building his own walls and for pushing away Fiona, who likes—and may even love him. Shrek then apologizes to Donkey, who forgives him because "that is what friends are for," and the two determine to stop Fiona’s marriage to Farquaad. With the aid of the happily smitten Dragon, Shrek and Donkey arrive at the Duloc cathedral just as Fiona and Farquaad are pronounced man and wife. Shrek rushes up the aisle and tells Fiona he wants to talk with her, incurring Farquaad’s contempt for being an ogre in love with a princess. Just then the sun begins to set and Fiona turns into her ogre self. When Shrek tells her he loves her, she admits that she loves him, too, and they kiss, apparently breaking the curse. Fiona does not understand why she has not transformed into her beautiful self, but Shrek assures her she is beautiful. Some time later, in the swamp, Fiona and Shrek marry, with all of their fairy tale creatures in attendance, then ride off on their honeymoon in an onion magically transformed into a coach. 

Production Company: PDI/DreamWorks Pictures  
Distribution Company: DreamWorks Distribution, LLC  
Director: Andrew Adamson (Dir)
  Vicky Jenson (Dir)
Producer: Aron Warner (Prod)
  John H. Williams (Prod)
  Jeffrey Katzenberg (Prod)
  David Lipman (Co-exec prod)
  Penney Finkelman Cox (Exec prod)
  Sandra Rabins (Exec prod)
  Ted Elliott (Co-prod)
  Terry Rossio (Co-prod)
  Jane Hartwell (Assoc prod)
Writer: Ted Elliott (Wrt)
  Terry Rossio (Wrt)
  Joe Stillman (Wrt)
  Roger S. H. Schulman (Wrt)
  Cody Cameron (Addl dial)
  Chris Miller (Addl dial)
  Conrad Vernon (Addl dial)
  Randy Cartwright (Co-head of story)
  David Lowery (Co-head of story)
  Jenna Grigg Thomas (Story/Ed supv)
  Jill Ragaway (Addl story supv)
  Kelly Asbury (Story artist)
  Francisco Avalos (Story artist)
  Rejean Bourdages (Story artist)
  Ken Harsha (Story artist)
  Ken Bruce (Story artist)
  Cody Cameron (Story artist)
  Becky Cassady (Story artist)
  Eric Darnell (Story artist)
  Rick Farmiloe (Story artist)
  James Fujii (Story artist)
  Edmund Fong (Story artist)
  Robert Koo (Story artist)
  Todd Kurosawa (Story artist)
  Robert Lence (Story artist)
  Chris Miller (Story artist)
  Catherine Yuh Rader (Story artist)
  Tom Sito (Story artist)
  David Soren (Story artist)
  Robert Souza (Story artist)
  John Stevenson (Story artist)
  Conrad Vernon (Story artist)
Photography: Messy Optics (Rostrum cam)
Art Direction: James Hegedus (Prod des)
  Guillaume Aretos (Art dir)
  Douglas Rogers (Art dir)
  Tom Hester (Character des)
  Raman Hui (Char des)
  Wendy Rogers (CG visual development)
  Mary Locatel (Prod illustrator)
  Henrik Tamm (Prod illustrator)
  James Wood Wilson (Prod illustrator)
  Julia Woolf (Prod illustrator)
  Tom Hester (Head sculptor)
  Dennis Gordon (Sculptor)
  Facundo Rabaudi (Model maker)
  Michael Collery (Tech supv, matte painting)
  Keith Gorham (Tech dir, matte painting)
  Michael Wei Mao (Tech dir, matte painting)
  Steven Albert (Matte painter)
  Joe DiCesare (Matte painter)
  Thomas Esmeralda (Matte painter)
  Tony Halawa (Matte painter)
  Alicia Bissinger (Paint fix)
  John 'JR' Robeck (Paint fix)
Film Editor: Sim Evan-Jones (Ed)
  Michael Andrews (2d ed)
  Michelle Belforte (1st asst Avid ed)
  Christopher Knights (1st asst film ed)
  Paul Monteiro (Ed apprentice)
  Carol Norton (Addl ed supv)
  Nicole Serrano Sewell (Ed coord)
  Mo Henry (Negative cutter)
  Twentieth Century Fox Studios (Post prod facilities provided by)
  Kathleen Kelly (Prod supv, film room)
  John Hanashiro (Tech, film room)
  Dana Basinger (Film rec)
  Cherie Hammond (Film rec)
  Alex Zaphiris (Film rec)
  Kyle Pascucci (Laser film coord)
  Baron Northrop (Laser film rec)
Set Decoration: Craig Edelblut (Set des)
  Don Weinger (Addl set des)
Costumes: Isis Mussenden (Cost des)
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams (Orig score)
  John Powell (Orig score)
  Marylata E. Jacob (Mus supv)
  Nick Wollage (Score rec and mixed by)
  Abbey Road Studios (Score rec at)
  Front Page Recorders (Score mixed at)
  Media Ventures (Score mixed at)
  Brian Richards (Mus ed)
  Slamm Andrews (Addl rec)
  Alan Meyerson (Addl mixing)
  Chris Clark (Asst eng)
  Andy Dudman (Asst eng)
  Craig Nepp (Asst eng)
  Harry Gregson-Williams (Score cond)
  Gavin Greenaway (Score cond)
  John Bell (Orch)
  John Coleman (Orch)
  Elizabeth Finch (Orch)
  Bruce L. Fowler (Orch)
  Walter Fowler (Orch)
  Ladd McIntosh (Orch)
  Yvonne S. Moriarty (Orch)
  Tony Stanton (Mus preparation)
  Isobel Griffiths (Orch contractor)
  Gavyn Wright (Orch leader)
  Metro Voices (Choir)
  Danny Jacob (Guitars performed by)
  Julie Butchko (Mus clearance)
  Toby Chu (Mus asst)
  Dave Hecox (Mus asst)
  Alastair King (Mus asst)
  Joel Richard (Mus asst)
  James McKee Smith (Addl mus)
  Jeffrey Abrams (Propellerhead)
  Rob Letterman (Propellerhead)
  Loren Soman (Propellerhead)
  Andy Waisler (Propellerhead)
Sound: Wylie Stateman (Supv sd ed)
  Lon Bender (Supv sd ed)
  Andy Nelson (Re-rec mixer)
  Anna Behlmer (Re-rec mixer)
  Chris Jargo (Dial/ADR supv)
  Hugh Waddell (Dial/ADR supv)
  Scott Gershin (Sd FX ed)
  Hector Gika (Sd FX ed)
  Tony Lamberti (Sd FX ed)
  Wade Wilson (Sd FX ed)
  Valerie Davidson (Foley ed)
  Jennifer Mann (Foley ed)
  Robert Batha (1st asst sd ed)
  Brandon Spencer (1st asst sd ed)
  David Stanke (Asst sd ed)
  Jimmy Moriana (Foley artist)
  Jeff Wilhoit (Foley artist)
  Nerses Gezalyan (Foley mixer)
  Greg Zimmerman (Foley rec)
  David Lucarelli (ADR rec)
  Ian Abercrombie (ADR group)
  Newell Alexander (ADR group)
  Rosemary Alexander (ADR group)
  Tom Amundsen (ADR group)
  Steve Bulen (ADR group)
  Mitch Carter (ADR group)
  David Cowgill (ADR group)
  Ken Danziger (ADR group)
  Moosie Drier (ADR group)
  Iake Eissinmann (ADR group)
  Elisa Gabrielli (ADR group)
  Jean Gilpin (ADR group)
  Nick Guest (ADR group)
  Bridget Hoffman (ADR group)
  Richard Horvitz (ADR group)
  Sherry Hursey (ADR group)
  Rif Hutton (ADR group)
  Donna Lynn Leavy (ADR group)
  Christina McGregor (ADR group)
  Tony Pope (ADR group)
  Peter Renaday (ADR group)
  Claire Salstrom (ADR group)
  Lia Sargent (ADR group)
  Bridget Sienna (ADR group)
  Claudette Wells (ADR group)
  Diz White (ADR group)
  Lynnanne Zager (ADR group)
  Carlos Sotolongo (LA Studios rec mixer)
  Charlene Richards (ADR mixer)
  Denis St. Amand (Re-rec eng)
  Craig 'Pup' Heath (Rec)
  Robert Renga (Rec)
Special Effects: Ken Bielenberg (Visual eff supv)
  James Williams (End titles)
  Philippe Gluckman (Seq supv)
  Susan Hayden (Seq supv)
  Janet Rentel-Lavin (Seq supv)
  Apurva Shah (Seq supv)
  Paul Wang (Seq supv)
  Mark Wendell (Seq supv)
  Michael Warch (Sr. prod supv)
  Stephen Sobisky (Prod supv)
  Jennifer Freeman (Assoc prod supv)
  Monty Kimball (Assoc prod supv)
  Stacy Rentel (Assoc prod supv)
  Jeff Beall (Tech dir)
  Kitt Hodsden (Tech dir)
  Vanitha Rangaraju (Tech dir)
  Joe Spampinato (Tech dir)
  Michael Day (Lead lighter)
  Sherry Yun-Shyan Hsieh (Lead lighter)
  Annmarie Koenig (Lead lighter)
  Jin Liou (Lead lighter)
  Joe Palrang (Lead lighter)
  Milton E. Rodriguez-Rios (Lead lighter)
  Frederic Sautai (Lead lighter)
  Pablo Valle (Lead lighter)
  Tom Allen (Lighter)
  Ken Ball (Lighter)
  Chanda Cummings (Lighter)
  Christian Cunningham (Lighter)
  Philippe Denis (Lighter)
  Dado Feigenblatt (Lighter)
  Alex Grau (Lighter)
  Chad Greene (Lighter)
  Laura Grieve (Lighter)
  Matthieu Grospiron (Lighter)
  Ben Gunsberger (Lighter)
  Thane Hawkins (Lighter)
  Stephanie Katritos-Sautai (Lighter)
  Lee Lanier (Lighter)
  Felix J. Mendoza (Lighter)
  Barbara A. Meyers (Lighter)
  Stephanie Mulqueen (Lighter)
  Ronman Yiu Yan Ng (Lighter)
  Young Joo Paik-Cheung (Lighter)
  Sean Pollack (Lighter)
  Bert GJN Poole (Lighter)
  Geri Smith (Lighter)
  Alessandro Tento (Lighter)
  Carlos Vidal (Lighter)
  Nathania Vishnevsky (Lighter)
  Jonathan Gibbs (Eff lead)
  Arnauld Lamorlette (Eff lead)
  Scott B. Peterson (Eff lead)
  Bill Seneshen (Eff lead)
  Scott Singer (Eff lead)
  David Allen (Eff)
  Terran Boylan (Eff)
  Karen Schneider Brodine (Eff)
  Juan J. Buhler (Eff)
  Rhett Collier (Eff)
  Alain De Hoe (Eff)
  Grzegorz Duda (Eff)
  Mark Edwards (Eff)
  David Hart (Eff)
  Matt Head (Eff)
  Mijana Nikolic (Eff)
  Mahesh Ramasubramanian (Eff)
  Erdem Hamsi Taylan (Eff)
  Susan Thayer (Eff)
  Martin Usiak (Eff)
  Matt Baer (Cloth eff)
  Randall Hammond (Cloth eff)
  Andrew Harris (Cloth eff)
  Kenneth Ibrahim (Cloth eff)
  Ed Granlund (Dir of prod eng)
  Mitchell Amino (Supv tech dir, prod eng)
  George Bruder (Supv tech dir, prod eng)
  Gregory A. Dismond (Lead tech dir, prod eng)
  Dale E. Cieslak (Prod eng)
  Kevin L. Cureton (Prod eng)
  Nik Gervae (Prod eng)
  Mark W. Kirk (Prod eng)
  Carrie VanEtten (PE/Rendering coord)
  Marlon Montgomery (Anim technology coord)
  Michael J. Endlich (Render asst)
  Colin J. Hodges (Render asst)
  Amy Rae Jones (Render asst)
  Rob Julien (Render asst)
  Vladimir Kanevsky (Render asst)
  Michael Macias (Render asst)
  Marc Miller (Render asst)
  Barry L. Paul (Render asst)
  Maria Romero (Render asst)
  Steven E. Sorensen (Render asst)
  Allen Stetson (Render asst)
  Michael C. Walling (Render asst)
  PDI Commercial and Feature Effects "C.A.F.E." (Spec eff)
Production Misc: Triva von Klark (Prod mgr)
  Leslee Feldman (Casting)
  Sara Getzkin (Casting assoc)
  Christi Soper (Casting assoc)
  L. A. Mad Dogs (ADR voice casting)
  Geoff Koops (Prod asst)
  Aaron Kruger (Prod asst)
  PK Livingston Jr. (Prod asst)
  Drew Stewart (Prod asst)
  Ray Sunglao (Prod asst)
  Ronald M. Davis (Prod asst, story)
  Allier H. Zelaya Jr. (Prod asst, story)
  Stacey Vandermeer (Prod supv, art dept)
  Rachel Ellen Miller (Prod coord, art dept)
  Anthony Byrnes (Prod asst, art dept)
  Fadi Basem Kandah (Prod asst, art dept)
  Andrea Stoops (Prod coord, character tech dir)
  Susan Amar (Prod coord, modeling and surfacing)
  Peter Grassi (Prod coord, modeling and surfacing)
  Ilyssa Katz (Prod coord, layout)
  Gabriel Hernan Villarrubia (Prod coord, anim)
  Audra Koklys (Prod coord, lighting and eff)
  Russell Peavey (Prod coord, lighting and eff)
  Yumi Nishiyama (Coord, art and tech development)
  Grazia Ojeda (Coord, art and tech development)
  Gary Wohlleben (Prod controller)
  Steve Deutsch (Prod accountant)
  Susan Beech (Asst prod accountant)
  Andre de Oliviera Araujo (Central prod coord)
  Charles G. Baldwin (Central prod coord)
  Cynthia Park (Asst to Jeffrey Katzenberg)
  Holly Van Praagh (Asst to Jeffrey Katzenberg)
  Marie Walsh (Asst to Jeffrey Katzenberg)
  Kirstie Field (Asst to Penney Finkelman Cox)
  Melissa Wylie (Asst to Sandra Rabins)
  Matthew Tatom (Asst to the dir)
  John Colt (Asst to Aron Warner)
  Drew McNeill (Asst to Aron Warner)
  Katie Intrieri (Asst to David Lipman)
  Shelly Carney (Asst to Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio)
  Rachel Falk (Dir of traning)
  Jennifer Yu (Dir of IT)
  Nick Thomas (Tech wrt)
  Linda Rae Sande (Tech wrt)
  Jonathan Simonoff (Tech wrt)
  Curtis Galloway (Systems programmer)
  Mark Harris (Systems programmer)
  Denise Howard (Systems programmer)
  Michael Cutler (Senior systems admin)
  Margaret Myers (Senior systems admin)
  Brian Peterson (Senior systems admin)
  Graham Breeze (Systems admin)
  Rich Marcos (Systems admin)
  Bart Feliciano (Systems admin)
  John O'Sullivan (Systems admin)
  David Fent (Systems admin)
  Erik Patton (Systems admin)
  Rob Toy (Systems admin)
  Frank Richards (I/O admin)
  Alvin Tenpo (I/O admin)
  Gene Takahasi (Ed tech)
  Sergio Chaves (Junior systems admin)
  Mark Macready (Junior systems admin)
  Heather Tensen (Junior systems admin)
  James Beshears (Post prod exec)
  Andrew Birch (Post prod assoc)
  Richard Chuang (VP spec projects, PDI)
  Jane Hartwell (Head of prod, PDI)
  Denise Minter (Head of prod, PDI)
  Jenene Wilson (VP of human resources, PDI)
  Patty Bonfilio (Dir of digital operations, PDI)
  Julie Haddon (Head of marketing, PDI)
  Marilyn Friedman (Head of studio recruitment & staffing, PDI)
  Peter Gladysz (Human resources mgr, PDI)
  Kelly Brown (Creative services specialist, PDI)
  Amy Krider (Marketing asst, PDI)
  Sonia M. Torigoe-Arroyo (Recruiter, PDI)
  Dana Pettit-Vanhove (Recruiter, PDI)
  Christine M. Lingenfelter (Recruiting coord, PDI)
  Earl E. Heinlein Jr. (Facilities mgr, PDI)
  Jan Snyder (Facilities mgr, PDI)
  Della Washington (Facilities mgr, PDI)
  Caesar Myles (Facilities maintenance, PDI)
  Anthony Correa (Receptionist, PDI)
  Liz Borges-Herzog (Receptionist, PDI)
  Jonathan Dooley (Operations asst, PDI)
  Chris Milano (Operations asst, PDI)
  Victoria Alonso (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Alice Alonzo (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Curtis Augspurger (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Dale Baer (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Chris Bailey (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Michele Barbera (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Anders Beer (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Toni Blake (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Lisa Brenner Bloomquist (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Christian Bouyer (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Andrew Bruss (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Chris Clancy (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Corey Comstock (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Dayla Corcoran (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Michelle Cowart (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Luc Desmarchelier (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Lynn Ezelle (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Nickson Fong (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Crystal Foth (Los Angeles pre prod)
  John Garbett (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Bart Gawboy (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Carlos Grangel (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Timothy Guyer (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Jared Hamaguchi (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Jay Heit (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Ruben Hickman (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Ann Hoyt (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Dale Allen Hoyt (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Barry Jackson (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Kelly Kimball (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Sandy Kraft (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Ken Larson (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Tim Lawrence (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Lori Lewis (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Brian Master (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Mike Meckler (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Christine Norton (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Matt O'Callaghan (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Latifa Ouaou (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Bill Perkins (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Mike Ploog (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Amy Rabins (Los Angeles pre prod)
  John Rocco (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Paul Shardlow (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Avner Shemi (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Steve Simper (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Mike Smithson (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Mark Solomon (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Mike Spokas (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Mike Stone (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Eric Swanborg (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Kate Swanborg (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Brian Taylor (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Ron Tippe (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Erika Vasquez (Los Angeles pre prod)
  Marissa Walker (Los Angeles pre prod)
Animation: Raman Hui (Supv anim)
  Lucia Modesto (Co-supv, character tech dir)
  Luca Prasso (Co-supv, character tech dir)
  Beth Hofer (Lead character TD's)
  Richard Walsh (Lead character TD's)
  Michael Garner (Prod supv, character tech dev)
  Barbara LaBounta (Resource mgr, character tech dev)
  J. J. Blumenkranz (Character TD's)
  Bart Coughlin (Character TD's)
  Cassidy Curtis (Character TD's)
  Peter Farson (Character TD's)
  Milana Huang (Character TD's)
  Nathan Loofbourrow (Character TD's)
  Kevin Rodgers (Character TD's)
  Eric Vignola (Character TD's)
  Robert Vogt (Character TD's)
  Zsoka Barkacs (Addl character TD support)
  Stéphane Cros (Addl character TD support)
  Irene Deery (Addl character TD support)
  Kavita Khosla (Addl character TD support)
  Erwan Maigret (Addl character TD support)
  Alberto Menache (Addl character TD support)
  Stephan Osterburg (Addl character TD support)
  Brian Thompson (Addl character TD support)
  Jeff Hayes (Modeling supv)
  Patty Kaku (Prod supv, modeling and surfacing)
  Brian Deans-Rowe (Modeler)
  Lioudmila Golynskaia (Modeler)
  Steve McGrath (Modeler)
  Matt Paulson (Modeler)
  Bill Stahl (Modeler)
  David Doepp (Surfacing lead)
  Claudia Candia (Surfacing)
  Edward Deren (Surfacing)
  Kenneth Hébert (Surfacing)
  Sabrina M. Riegel (Surfacing)
  Dun Zhao (Surfacing)
  Kerry Miller (Addl surfacing)
  Simon J. Smith (Head of layout)
  Denise Nolan Cascino (Prod supv, layout)
  Laura Lockwood (Prod supv, layout)
  Marty Sixkiller (Tech dir, layout)
  James Buckhouse (Rough layout)
  Sue Gleadhill (Rough layout)
  Stephen Moros (Rough layout)
  Bob Whitehill (Rough layout)
  Sylvain Doreau (CG set builder)
  Steve R. J. Bell (Layout)
  John Braunreuther (Layout)
  Brian J. Danker (Layout)
  Todd Heapy (Layout)
  Steven Kirchner (Layout)
  Gerald McAleece III (Layout)
  David Murphy (Layout)
  Richard Sheba (Layout)
  Melissa Tseng (Layout)
  Nick Walker (Layout)
  Tim Cheung (Dir anim)
  Paul Chung (Dir anim)
  Denis Couchon (Dir anim)
  Donnachada Daly (Dir anim)
  James Satoru Straus (Dir anim)
  Rex Grignon (Addl anim supv)
  Jennifer Dahlman (Prod supv, anim)
  Matt Authement (Tech dir, anim)
  Edip Agi (Anim)
  Chung Chan (Anim)
  Raffaella Filipponi (Anim)
  Anthony Hodgson (Anim)
  Ethan Hurd (Anim)
  Tim Keon (Anim)
  Ken Keys (Anim)
  Boris Kossmehl (Anim)
  Eric Lessard (Anim)
  Noel McGinn (Anim)
  Michelle R. Meeker (Anim)
  Fredrik Nilsson (Anim)
  David Rader (Anim)
  Jason A. Reisig (Anim)
  Rick Richards (Anim)
  Emmanuel Roth (Anim)
  Tom Roth (Anim)
  David Spivack (Anim)
  Don Venhaus (Anim)
  Kenny Chung (Addl anim)
  Patricia A. Hannaway (Addl anim)
  DreamWorks Animation Technology (Anim)
  Ken Pearce (Dir of development, R & D)
  Sumit Das (R & D staff)
  Gilles Dezeustre (R & D staff)
  Nick Foster (R & D staff)
  Barry Fowler (R & D staff)
  Lawrence Kesteloot (R & D staff)
  Matt Kimball (R & D staff)
  Joanna Mason (R & D staff)
  Shawn Neely (R & D staff)
  Drew Olbrich (R & D staff)
  Trina M. Roy (R & D staff)
  Kurt Schaefer (R & D staff)
  Karl Johann Schmidt (R & D staff)
  Eric Tabellion (R & D staff)
  Rahul Chandrakant Thakkar (R & D staff)
  Deepak Tolani (R & D staff)
  Daniel Wexler (R & D staff)
Color Personnel: Terry Claborn (Col timer)
MPAA Rating: PG
Country: United States
Language: English

Music: “Whipped Cream,” written by Naomi Neville, performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, courtesy of A&M Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises.
Songs: “All Star,” written by Greg Camp, performed by Smash Mouth, courtesy of Interscope Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises, produced and mixed by Eric Valentine; “On the Road Again,” written by Willie Nelson, performed by Eddie Murphy; “Friends,” written by Mark Klingman and Buzzy Linhart, performed by Eddie Murphy; “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” written and performed by Rupert Holmes, courtesy of MCA Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; “Meditation,” written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Norman Gimbel and Newton Mendonca, performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, courtesy of Verve Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises.“Welcome to Duloc,” music by Mike Himelstein, lyrics by Eric Darnell; “Bad Reputation,” written by Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Ritchie Cordell and Marty Kupersmith, performed by Joan Jett, courtesy of Blackheart Records; “I’m on My Way,” written by Charlie Reid and Craig Reid, performed by The Proclaimers, courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Ltd., under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets; “Merry Men,” written by Kirby Tepper, Andrew Adamson and Conrad Vernon, performed by Vincent Cassel; “My Beloved Monster,” written by E, performed by eels, courtesy of DreamWorks Records; “You Belong to Me,” written by Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart and Chilton Price, performed by Jason Wade, courtesy of DreamWorks Records; “Hallelujah,” written by Leonard Cohen, performed by John Cale, courtesy of Menhir Music; “Try a Little Tenderness,” written by Harry Woods, Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly, performed by Eddie Murphy; “I’m a Believer,” words and music by Neil Diamond, performed by Smash Mouth, courtesy of Interscope Records, produced and mixed by Eric Valentine, additional vocals by Eddie Murphy; “Stay Home,” written by Matt Mahaffey, performed by Self, courtesy of DreamWorks Records, produced and mixed by Eric Valentine; “Best Years of Our Lives,” written by David Jaymes and Geoffrey Deane, performed by Baha Men, courtesy of S-Curve Records, produced by Michael Mangini and Steve Greenberg; “Like Wow!,” written by Jimmy Harry and Sandra St. Victor, performed by Leslie Carter, courtesy of DreamWorks Records; “It’s You (I Have Loved),”music by Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell and Gavin Greenaway, lyrics by Dana Glover, performed by Dana Glover, courtesy of DreamWorks Records, produced by Gavin Greenaway and Harry Gregson-Williams.
Composer: Jimmy Campbell
  Andrew Adamson
  Greg Camp
  Leonard Cohen
  Reg Connelly
  Ritchie Cordell
  Eric Darnell
  Geoffrey Deane
  Neil Diamond
  E
  Norman Gimbel
  Dana Glover
  Gavin Greenaway
  Harry Gregson-Williams
  Jimmy Harry
  Mike Himelstein
  Rupert Holmes
  David Jaymes
  Joan Jett
  Antonio Carlos Jobim
  Pee Wee King
  Mark Klingman
  Marty Kupersmith
  Kenny Laguna
  Buzzy Linhart
  Matt Mahaffey
  Newton Mendonca
  Willie Nelson
  Naomi Neville
  John Powell
  Chilton Price
  Charlie Reid
  Craig Reid
  Sandra St. Victor
  Redd Stewart
  Kirby Tepper
  Conrad Vernon
  Harry Woods
Source Text: Based on the novel Shrek! by William Steig (New York, 1990).
Authors: William Steig

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
DreamWorks Animation, LLC 14/6/2001 dd/mm/yyyy PA00010036170

PCA NO: 38125
Physical Properties: Sd: DTS Digital Sound; Dolby Digital; SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound) in selected theatres
  col:
  Lenses/Prints: Technicolor; AVID; KODAK
  gauge: 35mm

 
Genre: Comedy
Sub-Genre: Animation
 
Subjects (Major): Beauty, Personal
  Deception
  Friendship
  Impersonation and imposture
  Mythical characters
  Princesses
  Romance
  Transformation
 
Subjects (Minor): Castles
  Caves
  Curses
  Donkeys
  Dragons
  Eavesdropping
  Mirrors
  Mythical lands
  Nobility
  Speeches
  Swamps
  Voyages and travel
  Windmills

Note: When the film opens, an old book is shown. As the pages of the book are turned, Mike Myers, as his character, “Shrek, ” narrates off-screen what is written, the story of a princess kept in a castle, guarded by a dragon. As a page turns to “For her true love and true love’s first kiss,” it is ripped from the book as Shrek scoffs “Like that’s ever gonna happen.” A moment later, Shrek emerges from an outhouse. The film’s title then appears, followed only by the names Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow. Shrek marked the final feature film of long-time character actress Kathleen Freeman, who provided the voice for the "Old Woman" who sells "Donkey."
       Early news items and production charts list Kelly Asbury as the film’s director, and some news items in trade publications listed Asbury as co-director with Andrew Adamson, but Asbury is only credited onscreen as "Story artist." A 24 Jan 1996 HR news item noted that DreamWorks paid $500,000 for the rights to William Steig’s children's book and that Tommy Swerdlow and Michael Goldberg were to write the script. Neither Swerdlow nor Goldberg were credited onscreen and their contribution, if any, to the completed project has not been determined.
       According to various feature articles, news items and HR production charts, Chris Farley, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Janeane Garofalo and Linda Hunt, whose voices were not included in the completed film, were cast in the picture. Farley, who died on 18 Dec 1997, had recorded several sessions as Shrek, according to news items, and the filmmakers had hoped to salvage his work for the completed film. However, in Aug 1998, Myers was brought in as a replacement and Shrek’s dialogue was completely redone. Garofalo’s voice was not in the completed film, but she was listed on early HR production charts, and was to have provided the voice of “Fiona.” Bosley, Ross and Hunt’s roles were cut from the completed film. Hunt was to have given voice to a character named “Dama Fortuna,” a witch in a segment called “Fiona’s Prologue,” Bosley and Ross were cast as Shrek’s parents.
       In a 25 May 2001 feature article in Entertainment Weekly , Myers explained that the accent used for the film was inspired by his mother, who was born in Liverpool, England, but moved to Canada, where Myers was born. As Myers described it, he wanted the character to “have the Scottish accent of somebody who’s lived in Canada 20 years.” The article also noted that Myers was not happy after seeing how his dialogue meshed with the animation and talked producer Jeffrey Katzenberg into allowing him to re-record his entire role. The article estimated that the re-recording added $4,000,000 to the film’s overall budget, which a 22 May 2001 LAT article estimated at $48,000,000 to $60,000,000.
       The computer-generated animation featured in Shrek was developed by DreamWorks and Pacific Data Images (PDI), the Palo Alto-based company at which the film was shot. PDI/DreamWorks had also produced Antz (2000), and many of the production and artistic team who worked on that film also worked on Shrek , including Adamson, who made his directing debut with Shrek . As noted in many reviews and feature articles, Shrek brought the level of computer-generated animation to a higher level, particularly in techniques developed for facial expressions and muscle and cloth movement.
       According to the film’s presskit, the depth of movement and viscosity in the film was made possible by PDI/DreamWorks’ Fluid Animation System (FLU). High levels of realism in facial and muscle movement and shading were made possible by a newly developed software technique nicknamed the “Shaper.” A Wall Street Journal article noted that PDI made use of the Linux operating system instead of software from Microsoft or Silicon Graphics, Inc., which had been the more dominant software systems used for computer-generated animation and special effects. When Shrek opened in May 2001, it was released in both traditional and digital formats, the first time for any DreamWorks film, according to a HR news item. The digital version of the film was exhibited at eleven theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada and was handled by LucasFilm’s THX division.
       The presskit also notes that there were thirty-six separate scenic locations in the completed film. The swamp was inspired by a magnolia plantation outside Charleston, SC, and Duloc was inspired by San Simeon (Hearst Castle) in California, Stratford-on-Avon in England and Dordogne, France.
       In Jun 2000, Hollywood trade papers reported that DreamWorks was planning a joint venture with IMAX to release a 3-D version of Shrek . The IMAX version was to coincide with the DVD release of the film. However, news items in Nov 2000 noted that the deal had fallen through. A HR article on 9 Nov 2000 noted that the project had been abandoned by IMAX due to the escalation of the costs related to creative changes in the project.
       According to various news items, the extensive marketing and promotional campaign for Shrek was one of the largest in film history, including promotional tie-ins with Burger King restaurants and Heinz ketchup, among others. Book tie-ins were also launched to coincide with the film’s theatrical release, including a new edition of Steig’s book and a novelization of the film. In late Dec 2000, a DV article noted that DreamWorks had just signed a five-year deal with TDK Mediactive to develop computer games based on Shrek .
       Shrek was put into competition at the May 2001 Cannes Film Festival, the first animated film to be placed into official competition for the Palme d'Or since Walt Disney’s Peter Pan in 1953. After its North American release in May 2001, Shrek had the largest non-holiday opening for an animated film and was the largest DreamWorks opening to date. It was the first release of the summer to take in more than $200,000,000 at the box office and went on to gross over $267,000,000 domestically, the second highest grossing film of 2001.
       The DVD release of the film included videotaped storyboard conferences for three unused segments of the film, including “Fiona’s Prologue,” mentioned above, which was to have explained how Fiona became cursed. A second segment, called “The Deal,” involved negotiations between “Lord Farquaad” and Shrek for the deed to the swamp. A third segment, titled “Fiona Gets Them Lost,” was to take place after Shrek, Fiona and Donkey escape from the Dragon’s castle and start on the road to Duloc. Storyboards indicate that some of the action was to involve a cave-enclosed roller-coaster-like sequence similar to one in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom .
       Within Shrek (which means “horror” in Yiddish) there are numerous parodies of well known fairy tales and popular animated films. The Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz , Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men and other well-known characters and films are also parodied. For example, the scene in which Fiona fights with Robin Hood emulated the kind of stop-action special effects photography popularized in The Matrix . Satirizations of Disney films, Disneyland and Disney-related items provide the film with many of its comic moments. When Shrek and Donkey first arrive at Duloc, they see a series of crowd-control ropes and a turnstile similar to those used in Disneyland and other amusement parks. Later, they open a cabinet and tiny animated figures sing a cheerful song similar to “It’s a Small World,” the tune that is heard throughout the epononymously named ride at Disneyland.
       Many fairy tale figures included in Disney films appear briefly in Shrek , often against type. At Shrek and Fiona’s wedding, for example, Cinderella slugs Snow White in order to catch Fiona’s bridal bouquet. Many reviews and feature articles on Shrek suggested that Katzenberg, who had been head of animation production at Disney prior to becoming a partner in DreamWorks SKG, was taking satiric revenge against his former studio.
       A number of critics pointed out a more serious side to the film in its Holocaust allusions, particularly evident in the sequence in which the fairy tale characters are turned in for rewards. Some feature articles speculated that the characterization of “Lord Farquaad” was a self-parody of Katzenberg, while others suggested that the demeanor, if not the physical stature, of the character was based on Disney CEO Michael Eisner. The physical appearance and clothing of the character closely resembles the appearance of actor-director Laurence Olivier in his production of William Shakespeare’s Richard III .
       A number of feature articles commented on a "rivalry" between Shrek and Disney/Pixar’s Monster’s, Inc. , which opened on 2 Nov 2001. The DVD version of Shrek was released on the same date as Monster’s, Inc. ’s opening, prompting some news items to indicate a deliberate attempt to undermine the domestic box office of Monster’s, Inc. The DVD was released in a two-disc set, with eleven hours of special features, including an additional three-minute segment of the film’s “I’m a Believer” musical finale and the videotaped storyboard conferences noted above for the three unused segments of the film. The DVD release of Shrek set an all-time record, with 2.5 million units sold within three days.
       In addition to being nominated by AFI as Movie of the Year, Shrek received twelve Annie nominations and one award from the International Animated Film Society and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy. The film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature of the year and was nominated in the category of Best Screenplay based on previously published or produced materials. A sequel to the film, Shrek 2 , which began pre-production in mid-2001, was released in 2004. That film, which was directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon, also featured the voices of Myers, Diaz and Murphy, as well as Julie Andrews, John Cleese and Antonio Banderas. 

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