Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson in their directorial debuts and based on the 1990 picture book Shrek! by William Steig. It's considered to be a turn-around for DreamWorks Animation. It stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow as the voices of the lead characters. The film parodies other fairy tale adaptations, primarily aimed at animated Disney films. It was the first animated film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. A sequel, Shrek 2, was released in May 2004.
Why it rocks
- Decent animation, even for one of the first computer animated movies Dreamworks made.
- Memorable characters, such as Shrek, Fiona and Donkey.
- The humor is very funny as it also includes some adult jokes and there are also some good pop culture references.
- The message of not judging a person by his physical appearance is nice.
- Lord Farquaad is a funny villain and he's the perfect nemesis for Shrek since the latter wants to be accepted for his personality and not for his looks while Farquaad is superficial and wants everything in his town to be perfect.
- Great voice acting, especially from Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow.
- The soundtrack is awesome and it includes songs from Smash Mouth.
- Shrek's character development is well done and written.
- Shrek can be very mean to Donkey before they actually become friends.