Release Date: May 16th, 2001

DVD Release Date: November 2nd, 2001

PG |1 hr 29 min

Plot Summary

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Determined to save their home -- not to mention his -- Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) to be Farquaad's bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret.

Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Peter Dennis, Clive Pearse, Jim Cummings, Bobby Block

Director: Andrew Adamson , Vicky Jenson

Genres: Children , Animated , Fantasy , Comedy

Production Co: DreamWorks SKG, Pacific Data Images (PDI)

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG

Keywords: Rescue, Amusing, Forbidden love, Friendship, Playful, Quest, Charming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is not your average family cartoon. Shrek is jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart. show more

  • 100
    Desmond RyanPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The humor of the script constantly confounds expectations, and yet Shrek still manages to say all the right things to children.

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    This beguiling fable, with its darkly distinctive look, does DreamWorks proud.

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Winner Animated Feature Film
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)