review by Michael Lohr
Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Talking Donkey), Cameron Diaz (Princess Fiona) and
John Lithgow (Prince Farquat) star, via voiceover, in what is easily the best animated
movie out yet, and even better, Walt
Disney company hasn't a thing to do with it. Shrek is on the cutting edge
of animation technology and it is an excellent movie on many levels.
Mainly aimed at children, the movie also appeals to adults, is well
written and is also downright hilarious.
The basic plot of the movie is that Prince Farquat is rounding up all
the fairy tale characters in the kingdom and transporting them to a new
designated area, which happens to be Shrek's swamp. While the roundup is
taking place, the talking donkey escapes from the little old woman that
was attempting to sell him and flees into the forest, where he meets
Shrek. As the bonds of friendship develop, Shrek learns that all the
fairy tale creatures that had been rounded up are sent into his swamp to
live from now on. To get everyone out of his swamp he visits Prince
Farquat where he agrees to go on a quest to rescue Princess Fiona, who is
being held prisoner by a fire breathing dragon. Humorous chaos ensues.
There are several Terry Pratchett-esque movie parodies in Shrek. One
of the most notable being the Princess Fiona fight scene with Robin Hood
and his merry men, in what is essentially a funny tribute to both The Matrix and
Diaz's Charlie's Angels. Look out for them, because
there are mock ups everywhere, including a Gladiator/pro-wrestling bit
that is an absolute blast.
Shrek is a children's movie that will appeal to the whole family
and unlike some of the more recent animated flicks, is actually worth
your money to see.
Guide to the Movies
compiled by Tony
Lee editor of Pigasus Press
can order videos and DVD releases reviewed on these pages at
home - Web Gateway for Creative Minds
Myths & Legends
Web Makers Tools
. Your free email