38 Facts About Shrek


Shrek is a 2001 American animated comedy film loosely based on the 1990 book of the same name by William Steig.

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Shrek premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or, making it the first animated film since Disney's Peter Pan to be chosen to do so.

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Shrek was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and won for Best Animated Feature.

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In 2020, Shrek was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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Shrek is an anti-social and highly-territorial green ogre who loves the solitude of his swamp.

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Shrek's life is interrupted after the dwarfish Lord Farquaad of Duloc exiles a vast number of fairy-tale creatures who subsequently relocate to Shrek's swamp.

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Shrek reluctantly allows the talkative Donkey, who was exiled as well, to tag along and guide him to Duloc.

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Disgusted by Shrek, Farquaad proclaims whoever kills the ogre as the winner; however, Shrek and Donkey defeat Farquaad's knights with relative ease.

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When Shrek removes his helmet revealing he is an ogre, Fiona stubbornly refuses to go to Duloc, demanding Farquaad arrive in person to save her.

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Shrek becomes impressed with Fiona, and they begin to fall in love.

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Shrek's explains she has been cursed since childhood, forced to transform into an ogress every night, and changing back at sunrise.

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Shrek's tells Donkey that only "true love's kiss" will break the spell and change her to "love's true form".

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Meanwhile, Shrek is about to confess his feelings to Fiona, when he overhears Fiona referring to herself as an "ugly beast".

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Shrek interrupts the wedding just before the ceremony completes and tells Fiona that Farquaad is only marrying her to become king.

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Shrek was a great movie character in search of a movie.

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Some early sketches of Shrek's house were done between 1996 and 1997 using Photoshop, with the sketches showing Shrek first living in a garbage dump near a human village called Wart Creek.

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Raman Hui, supervising animator of Shrek, stated that Fiona "wasn't based on any real person" and he did many different sketches for her.

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Shrek had done over 100 sculptures of Fiona before the directors chose the final design.

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Shrek includes 36 separate in-film locations to make the world of the film, which DreamWorks claimed was more than any previous computer-animated feature.

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Shrek is the third DreamWorks animated film to have Harry Gregson-Williams team up with John Powell to compose the score following Antz (1998) and Chicken Run (2000).

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Shrek introduced a new element to give the film a unique feel.

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When Shrek crosses the bridge to the Castle and says, "That'll do, Donkey, that'll do", this is a reference to the movie Babe.

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Teaser trailer for Shrek was shown in Disney's Dinosaur 2000 Theater AMC on May 19, along with Monsters Inc's Teaser Trailer.

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Shrek was released by DreamWorks Home Entertainment on VHS and DVD on November 2, 2001.

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Shrek generated more than $420 million in revenue for DreamWorks on DVD and VHS, and has sold more than 21 million copies of the 23 million shipped by January 2002.

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Shrek opened on around 6, 000 screens across 3, 587 theaters; eleven of them showed the film digitally.

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Shrek became the highest-grossing animated film ever to be released in Australia, passing the mark set by The Lion King in 1994.

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At the 74th Academy Awards, Shrek won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, beating Monsters, Inc and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

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Shrek was nominated for 6 BAFTA Awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film.

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Shrek was nominated for a dozen Annie Awards from ASIFA-Hollywood, and won eight Annies including Best Animated Feature and Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production.

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In June 2008, the American Film Institute revealed its "Ten top Ten"; the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1, 500 people from the creative community Shrek was acknowledged as the eighth best film in the animated genre, and the only non-Disney·Pixar film in the Top 10.

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In 2005, Shrek came sixth in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Cartoons poll behind The Simpsons, Tom and Jerry, South Park, Toy Story and Family Guy.

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Shrek premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or, making it the first animated film since Disney's Peter Pan to be chosen to do so.

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Shrek had a significant impact that influenced a later generation of mainstream animated films, receiving recognition for being one of the most influential from the 2000s.

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Shrek was included as a bonus unlockable character in the video game Tony Hawk's Underground 2.

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In 2003, Dark Horse Comics released a three-issue mini-series comic book adaptation of Shrek which was written by Mark Evanier, and the issues were later compiled into a trade paperback.

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Shot-for-shot fan remake titled Shrek Retold was released through 3GI Industries on November 29, 2018.

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Shrek 2 was the only one to receive similar acclaim from critics, though all three sequels were commercially successful.

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