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ON Release 12 Nov. 2001






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    Dir. Andrew Adamson and Victoria Jenson. Vocal cast: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, John Lithgow, Linda Hunt. 2001. 93 minutes.Video £16.99. DVD £22.99. PG rating.

    When Shrek's swamp becomes the home for a squillion fairy tale characters, Shrek embarks on a journey to retrieve his land from the evil Lord Farquaad who has banished all mythical creatures from his kingdom. Join Shrek and his new-found friend, Donkey on a mission of magic and mischief to save his swamp. 

    Shrek and Donkey. All rights reserved.From the makers of Antz, PDI/DreamWorks have created a visually stunning and funny animated comedy featuring the voices of today's top comedic actors, Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Donkey),  Cameron Diaz (Princess Fiona) and John Lithgow (Lord Farquaad). Based on the book by William Steig, Shrek is produced by Aron Warner, John H. Williams and Jeffrey Katzenberg and directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson. 

    Shrek's not your typical leading man. He has bad ear wax for one, a case of flatulence and to top it all, has just attracted an ass with verbal diarrhoea (he sings, he dances, he doesn't shut up!).  Being a self-confessed loner, Shrek enjoys wallowing in his mud-swamp and showering with the critters until one day his solitude is shattered by the Three Blind Mice, The Big Bad Wolf, and a multitude of characters on his doorstep. All the fairy tale folk take refuge in the forest after the mean but miniature Lord Farquaad cruelly evicts them from his kingdom, 'DuLoc'. After striking a deal with the villainous Lord, Shrek agrees to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona for Farquaad in order to get his swamp back! 

    Shrek has spent almost three years in the making and contains what computer generated (CG) artists consider to be the "Holy Grails" of CG animation, not only making the characters appear and act realistically, but making everything from fire to fur look and move believably. 

    He may not be your typical knight in shining armour, but the ogre makes a mean weed rat stew and has a heart of gold. Not only does he encounter a fire-breathing dragon and get ambushed by a band of merry men but his rescue reveals a damsel in distress with a hidden secret as he sets off on a quest to find friendship and love! 

    Shrek Facts

    • Shrek had a crew of over 275 and was in production at PDI/DreamWorks for over three years
    • The film consists of 31 sequences and 1,288 shots
    • When designing the look the Art Director took inspiration from Hearst Castle and the village of Stratford-Upon-Avon. 
    • The effects department actually took mud showers of their own for research purposes! 
    • Several of the story artists were so convincing when pitching their ideas to the filmmakers that their voices actually made it into the final film! 
      Shrek. All rights reserved.
    • The design of Shrek was similar to that of a bulldog and had to be ugly yet appealing at the same time
    • Over 50 different sculpts were made of Shrek before the team decided on the final look
    • There are approximately 180 animation controls in Shrek's face
    • There are 585 body animation controls for Shrek's body. 
    • There are 31 key fairytale characters that appear in Shrek and a total of 1000 fantasy characters that invade Shrek's swamp at the beginning of the film 
    • There are 36 unique locations in Shrek including Swampl Shrek's House, the Forest the Dragons Keep - this is more than any other computer animated film
    • 1,250 props and environments were created digitally for the film
    • In addition to the voice of Shrek, Mike Myers also voices one of the 3 Blind Mice
    • Mike Myers actually read opposite his wife when recording his lines for the climatic love scene at the end of the film
    • The stands in the tournament scene hold over 1,000 spectators and the cathedral holds over 1,500 people in the Wedding sequence

    Britain's #1 animated movie of the year and DreamWorks' $430 million box office comedy smash features all-new, never-before-seen bonus footage developed exclusively for the home video release. The new footage picks up where the movie left off and continues the party with more than 150 Shrek characters showing us what goes on after the fairy tale ending. 

    DVD extras

    Created directly from its original digital format, the Shrek DVD represents this groundbreaking movie in the most pristine presentation existing. Custom crafted for the international market place, the Shrek DVD offers hours of entertainment including 15 minutes of all-new animated material for the interactive menus directed by the movie's directors and the all-new footage. In addition, the Shrek DVD features 'Shrek's ReVoice Studio,' a never-before-used DVD-ROM program available for the first time ever that enables viewers to voice the lines of their favourite characters. The programme allows viewers to select from 12 of the film's most popular scenes and record the lines of the characters. It then syncs up their voice with the character's mouth. The viewer can then view the scene and see how their performance as the voice of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona or Farquaad plays! 

    The DVD offers the movie in its original theatrical widescreen format, as the filmmakers intended their audience to see it. Featuring something for everyone, the DVD is loaded with fascinating bonus programming providing an inside look into the movie's unprecedented technological achievements, along with set-top games, and a filmmaker's commentary as well as other material. 
    Following is a detailed list of materials on the Shrek DVD: 

    • Animated Menus featuring brand new animation created by Shrek's directors and animators 
    • Widescreen version of Shrek 
    • Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party: Exclusive never-before seen animated scene that continues the story featuring all of the characters from Shrek 
    • The Tech of Shrek: Amazing behind-the-scenes featurette that shows you how the characters and movie were brought to life - from the early stages of creating the skeletal system of the characters to the complex layers of muscles, skin and hair to the development of fluids and fire that makes this movie unprecedented in the world of filmmaking
    • Shrek's Revoice Studio: Exclusive never-before-used technology that enables viewers to voice their favourite character 
    • Hilarious Character interviews with Shrek, Fiona, Lord Farquaad and Donkey
    • Production Notes
    • English 5.1 
    • Cast and Crew Bios 
    • A Filmmaker's Commentary that provides insider information on the making of this groundbreaking animation hit
    • International Dubbing Featurette: Learn how Shrek was dubbed into languages around the world 
    • Set top games: 
    • Trivia Game 
    • Decorate the Gingerbread Man 
    • Character Morph (allows kids to mix and match the character's body parts) 
    • Scene Index: View some of the funniest and coolest scenes 

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