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== INTERSTELLAR EXPLANATION ==
 
=== Interstellar plot and summary ===
 
''Interstellar'' is a 2014 movie that was directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan. The film received four Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing – and the VFX (Visual Effects) were so well regarded that they won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
 
   
Although ''Interstellar'' received good-not-great reviews upon release, it’s since garnered more acclaim and it frequently places on lists of the best sci-fi movies ever made.
 
 
''Interstellar'' is about Earth’s last chance to find a habitable planet before a lack of resources causes the human race to go extinct. The film’s protagonist is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot who is tasked with leading a mission through a wormhole to find a habitable planet in another galaxy.
 
 
Dr. Breen (Michael Caine) explains to Cooper that NASA previously sent another group (Lazarus) to find a habitable planet but they’ve gone silent.
 
==== Interstellar Movie Meaning  •  Dr. Breen Explains the Plan ====
 
There are two plans in the ''Interstellar plot:''
 
 
* Plan A involves Cooper transmitting quantum data back to Earth in order to develop a gravitational propulsion theory that will allow spacecrafts to carry people off Earth into the other galaxy.
 
* Plan B involves Cooper’s crew finding the remaining Lazarus crew and establishing a colony on another world.
 
 
== INTERSTELLAR SUMMARY & SETTING ==
 
=== When is Interstellar set? ===
 
We don’t know for certain when ''Interstellar'' is set, but the script implies that it takes place in the not-so-distant future. We imported the ''Interstellar'' script into StudioBinder’s screenwriting software to take a closer look at the film’s setting. This scene takes place near the beginning of the story and gives us a good hint at how many years in the future ''Interstellar'' is set.
 
==== Read the Interstellar Baseball Scene ====
 
We can infer by way of deductive reasoning that ''Interstellar'' takes place about 40-70 years into the future. How? Well, we know that Major League Baseball was still played when Donald was a kid. And we know that when Cooper was a kid, things were in such a state of disarray that no baseball was played.
 
 
So, if we assume that Cooper is about 40, and that things fell apart sometime before he was born, but not so far before that Donald didn’t live through a period of normalcy, then we can deduce that ''Interstellar'' is set between the ages of Donald and Cooper — roughly 40-70 years from “modern time” of 2014.
 
== WATER PLANET - INTERSTELLAR EXPLAINED ==
 
=== What happens on the water planet? ===
 
The Endurance crew decides to scout out Miller’s planet because it was the one that had most recently transmitted data to them. But since the planet is so close to the black hole, time is extremely dilated — every hour on the water planet is equivalent to seven years on Earth.
 
 
Cooper, Breen (Anne Hathaway), and Doyle (Wes Bentley) land on the surface and attempt to locate Miller’s transponder. But just as Breen finds the device, a massive wave rolls in, forcing the crew to flee to the courier ship. Doyle dies but Cooper and Breen narrowly escape — and Breen realizes that Miller must’ve died seconds before they arrived because of the severe time dilation.
 
== COOPER’S FAMILY - INTERSTELLAR EXPLAINED ==
 
=== What happens to Cooper’s family? ===
 
Cooper leaves his family – daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy/Jessica Chastain), son Tom (Timothee Chalamet/Casey Affleck) and father in-law Donald (John Lithgow) – on Earth in order to lead the NASA mission. In his absence, his family develops a contentious relationship; but we don’t learn about it until Cooper does, 23 years into the future while watching old transmissions.
 
==== Interstellar  •  Screenplayed ====
 
Murph and Tom become foil characters, aka characters who serve to expose attributes in each other. Murph becomes a NASA researcher who desperately wants to solve the gravitational theory to save the people on Earth while Tom takes over the family farm and largely rejects science and the reality of his situation. Their two opposing worldviews work against each other and expose negative and positive aspects of their character.
 
== MANN’S PLANET - INTERSTELLAR EXPLAINED ==
 
=== Where did Matt Damon come from? ===
 
Matt Damon plays the role of Dr. Mann, the captain of the Lazarus mission. After the failure of the water planet mission, Cooper is left with a difficult choice – go to Dr. Edmunds’ planet or Dr. Mann’s planet.
 
 
Let’s go back to the script to read through one of the best scenes – the one in which Cooper has to make the right decision in order to have any hope of executing the mission.
 
==== Read the Interstellar Decision Scene ====
 
Cooper chooses Mann’s planet, taking the Endurance on a one-way trip to Matt Damon Town. When the crew arrives, they find Mann in cryosleep. It’s pretty much clear from the get-go that something is wrong with Mann – although considering the fact that he’s been in solitude/cryosleep for years, it’s not hard to see why.
 
 
But Mann has more than just a case of cabin fever, he’s full-blown bent on finishing the mission, no matter the cost.
 
== INTERSTELLAR SUMMARY ==
 
=== Plan A was a sham ===
 
Back on Earth, Dr. Breen reveals to Murph that Plan A was always a sham and there’s no way the people of Earth could ever escape.
 
==== Interstellar Meaning  •  Plan A Was a Sham ====
 
Murph transmits a message to Cooper accusing him of knowing Plan A wasn’t possible, effectively leaving her to die. Cooper tells Mann, Breen and Romilly that he’s going to return to Earth to be with his children and the rest of them can stay on Mann’s planet to start a colony.
 
 
But Mann’s planet isn’t hospitable – and he needs the ship to go to Edmunds’ planet. In this scene, Nolan intercuts between Cooper’s confrontation with Mann and Murph’s confrontation with Tom.
 
==== Interstellar Movie Plot Explained  •  Dual Confrontations ====
 
Murph burns all of the crops in order to make Tom understand he needs to leave the farm. Romilly is killed by a trap mine. Breen and Cooper barely escape back to the Endurance.
 
== INTERSTELLAR SUMMARY ==
 
=== What happens in the docking scene? ===
 
Breen and Cooper escape but they leave Mann behind. Mann foolishly attempts to dock in the Endurance; as a result his courier ship blows up and destroys key functions of the Endurance.
 
==== Interstellar Movie Meaning  •  Docking Scene ====
 
I love ''Interstellar'' but, boy oh boy, we’ve got a cringe-worthy exchange of dialogue here:
 
 
TARS: Cooper, it’s not possible.
 
 
COOPER: No, it’s necessary.
 
 
Not great – but it’s hard to pick holes in a script as sharp as ''Interstellar''. After some impressive piloting, Cooper successfully docks his courier ship in the Endurance.
 
== INTERSTELLAR SUMMARY ==
 
=== What is the Interstellar black hole? ===
 
The ''Interstellar'' black hole is called “Gargantua” due to its gargantuan size. For more on how Nolan and the team made Gargantua with CGI (computer generated imagery), check out this awesome video.
 
==== Interstellar Theory  •  Building a Black Hole ====
 
When ''Interstellar'' was released in 2014, there were no recorded images of a black hole. But in 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope took the first images of a black hole. This is what the central black hole of Messier 87 (a galaxy in the Virgo cluster) looks like.
 
==== Messier 87 Black Hole via NASA ====
 
As it turns out, the scientists and visual artists who worked on ''Interstellar'' were pretty close with the design of the black hole. But what is a black hole? To answer that question, we have to first answer the question: what is a wormhole? And to answer that, let’s watch a great analogical scene from the film.
 
==== Interstellar Movie Plot Explained  •  Wormholes ====
 
A common misconception is that black holes and wormholes are the same thing. But as Romilly (David Gyasi) explains, wormholes are like funnels that connect two distant points in spacetime. Hypothetically, objects could safely travel through a wormhole – but consequently, black holes are areas of spacetime that have such strong gravity that nothing can escape.
 
 
Note: I am not a PhD physicist and most of the astronomical science in ''Interstellar'' is theoretical.
 
== BREAKING DOWN THE INTERSTELLAR BLACK HOLE ==
 
=== Interstellar black hole explained ===
 
I think the ''Interstellar'' black hole scene is where a lot of people got lost. Up until that point, everything made a good amount of sense:
 
 
# Wormholes allow people to travel long distances through spacetime
 
# Differences in gravity and relative velocity cause time dilation
 
# Planets need key life-sustaining elements to be hospitable
 
 
But the ''Interstellar'' black hole scene is where Nolan dove deep into theory – and there’s no way to tell whether he was “right” or “wrong” because we have no idea what exists beyond the event horizon.
 
 
The event horizon, as it relates to Einstein’s theory of relativity, is the point in a black hole where nothing can escape nor be observed.
 
 
So, for ''Interstellar,'' Nolan said, “Let’s send Cooper beyond the event horizon and see what happens.” Let’s look to the film to see what happened — it's abstract and minimalist but a truly thrilling sequence.
 
==== Interstellar Gargantua Explained ====
 
Many theoretical physicists believe that the event horizon serves as a barrier to the unknown physics of a black hole’s singularity. It could be compressed spacetime, antimatter, etc. In the case of ''Interstellar,'' the singularity is a portal to the fourth dimension. But what is the fourth dimension? Let’s listen to Carl Sagan explain.
 
==== Carl Sagan Explains the 4th Dimension ====
 
So if we’re really trapped inside of a fourth dimension, how can we escape? Well, perhaps the answer exists beyond the event horizon.
 
== INTERSTELLAR MOVIE EXPLAINED ==
 
=== Interstellar ending explained ===
 
How does ''Interstellar'' end? In order to save Breen, Cooper slingshots around Gargantua to generate enough energy to send the Endurance to Edmunds’ planet. As a result, he slips into the black hole and beyond the event horizon. There, he finds himself trapped in the fourth dimension – a tesseract styled as a never-ending bookshelf.
 
==== Interstellar Ending Scene Explained ====
 
But Cooper realizes that he’s able to interact with Murph through spacetime. He asks TARS to relay the quantum data to him, which he communicates through morse code. Murph picks up on the morse code because she was fascinated by the gravitational anomalies in their house ever since she was a kid.
 
 
Turns out, those anomalies were caused by Cooper interacting through another dimension – sending himself on a mission to get the quantum data. Don’t just take my word for it – for more on the ''Interstellar'' ending explained, let’s listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson.
 
==== deGrasse Tyson Interstellar Last Scene Explained ====
 
The questions raised in this scene aren’t just plot-filler, they’re some of the most profound questions in the universe – epistemological themes, or stances taken on how we understand the world are hallmarks of Christopher Nolan’s directing style.
 
== INTERSTELLAR MOVIE EXPLAINED (CONTINUED) ==
 
=== Interstellar ending explained: part II ===
 
After Cooper successfully communicates the quantum data to Murph, he’s kicked out of the tesseract. Some time later, he wakes up on “Cooper Station” – a space station that’s orbiting Saturn. There he finds Murph on her deathbed; having saved humanity from extinction with the quantum data. Let’s read through their final conversation together.
 
==== Read the Interstellar Ending Scene Explained ====
 
The ''Interstellar'' meaning lies somewhere between astronomical science and intimate human connection. It’s simultaneously a story about traversing the stars and fighting for what you love. For many critics, it’s this dual-narrative structure that makes the story so good – even if it can be a little scientifically vague and cheesy.
 
 
= ''Breen Movie'' =
 
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Not to be confused with Maya the Bee (film).
 
{| class="fandom-table"
 
! colspan="2" |Bee Movie
 
|-
 
| colspan="2" |Theatrical release poster
 
|-
 
!Directed by
 
|
 
* Simon J. Smith
 
* Steve Hickner
 
|-
 
!Written by
 
|
 
* Jerry Seinfeld
 
* Andy Robin
 
* Barry Marder
 
* Spike Feresten
 
|-
 
!Produced by
 
|
 
* Jerry Seinfeld
 
* Christina Steinberg
 
* Cameron Stevning
 
|-
 
!Starring
 
|
 
* Jerry Seinfeld
 
* Renée Zellweger
 
* Matthew Broderick
 
* John Goodman
 
* Patrick Warburton
 
* Chris Rock
 
|-
 
!Narrated by
 
|Jim Cummings
 
|-
 
!Edited by
 
|Nick Fletcher
 
|-
 
!Music by
 
|Rupert Gregson-Williams
 
|-
 
!Production
 
 
companies
 
|DreamWorks Animation
 
 
Columbus 81 Productions
 
|-
 
!Distributed by
 
|Paramount Pictures
 
|-
 
!Release date
 
|
 
* November 2, 2007
 
|-
 
!Running time
 
|91 minutes
 
|-
 
!Country
 
|United States
 
|-
 
!Language
 
|English
 
|-
 
!Budget
 
|$150 million
 
|-
 
!Box office
 
|$293.6 million
 
|}
 
'''''Bee Movie''''' is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Directed by Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner, the film stars the voices of Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton, and Chris Rock in supporting roles. The story follows Barry B. Benson, a honey bee who sues the human race for exploiting bees, after learning from his florist friend Vanessa Bloome that humans sell and consume honey.
 
 
''Bee Movie'' is the first motion picture script written by Seinfeld, who co-wrote the film with Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, and Andy Robin. The film was produced by Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg, and Cameron Stevning. The production was designed by Alex McDowell, and Christophe Lautrette was the art director. Nick Fletcher was the supervising editor and music for the film was composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams. The cast and crew include some veterans of the long-running NBC sitcom ''Seinfeld'', including producers Feresten and Robin and actors Warburton, Michael Richards, and Larry Miller.
 
 
''Bee Movie'' was theatrically released on November 2, 2007 to mixed reviews, receiving praise for its humor and voice cast but criticism for its premise and plot. The film was a moderate box office success, grossing $293 million worldwide against a $150 million budget.
 
 
== Contents ==
 
 
* 1Plot
 
* 2Voice cast
 
* 3Marketing
 
** 3.1Trailers
 
** 3.2Books
 
** 3.3Video game
 
** 3.4Home media
 
* 4Reception
 
** 4.1Critical reception
 
** 4.2Box office
 
** 4.3Awards and nominations
 
* 5Lawsuits
 
** 5.1Beebylon vs. DreamWorks
 
** 5.2Beeceuticals vs. DreamWorks
 
* 6Internet popularity
 
* 7References
 
* 8External links
 
 
== Plot ==
 
Barry B. Benson, an idealistic honey berwho has the ability to talk to humans, has recently graduated from college and is about to enter the hive's Honex InBREEENes are not to communicate with humans. Barry and Vanessa develop a close friendship, bordering on attraction, and spend time together. When he and Vanessa are in the grocery store, Barry discovers that the humans have been stealing and eating the bees' honey for centuries. He decides to journey to Honey Farms, which supplies the grocery store with its honey. Incredulous at the poor treatment of the bees in the hive, including the use of bee smokers to incapacitate the colony, Barry decides to sue the human race to put an end to exploitation of the bees.
 
 
Barry's mission attracts wide attention from bees and humans alike, and hundreds of people show up to watch the trial. Although Barry is up against tough defense attorney Layton T. Montgomery, the trial's first day goes well. That evening, Barry is having dinner with Vanessa when Ken shows up. Vanessa leaves the room, and Ken expresses to Barry that he hates the pair spending time together. When Barry leaves to use the restroom, Ken ambushes Barry and attempts to kill him, only for Vanessa to intervene and break up with Ken. The second day at the trial, Montgomery unleashes an unrepentant character assassination against the bees leading a deeply offended Adam to sting him. Montgomery immediately exaggerates the stinging to make himself seem the victim of an assault while simultaneously tarnishing Adam. Adam's actions jeopardize the breen's credibility and put his life in danger, though he recovers. The third day, Barry wins the trial by exposing the jury to the torturous treatment of breens, particularly use of the smoker, and prevents humans from stealing honey from bees ever again. Having lost the trial, Montgomery cryptically warns Barry that a negative shift of nature is imminent.
 
 
As it turns out, Honex Industries stops honey production and puts every bee out of a job, including the vitally important Pollen Jocks, resulting in all the world's plant life beginning to die out. Before long, the last remaining flowers on Earth are being stockpiled in Pasadena, California, intent for the last Tournament of Roses Parade. Barry and Vanessa travel to the parade and steal a float, which they load into a plane. They hope to bring the flowers to the bees so they can re-pollinate the world's last remaining flowers. When the plane's pilot and co-pilot are unconscious, Vanessa is forced to land the plane, with help from Barry and the bees from Barry's hive.
 
 
Barry becomes a member of the Pollen Jocks, and they fly off to a flower patch. Armed with the pollen of the last flowers, Barry and the Pollen Jocks reverse the damage and save the world's flowers, restarting the bees' honey production. Later on, Barry runs a law firm at Vanessa's flower shop titled "Insects at Law", which handles disputes between animals and humans. While selling flowers to customers, Vanessa offers certain brands of honey that are "bee-approved".
 
 
== Voice cast ==
 
 
* Jerry Seinfeld as Barry B. Benson
 
* Renée Zellweger as Vanessa Bloome
 
* Matthew Broderick as Adam Flayman
 
* John Goodman as Layton T. Montgomery
 
* Patrick Warburton as Ken
 
* Chris Rock as Mooseblood the Mosquito
 
* Kathy Bates as Janet B. Benson
 
* Barry Levinson as Martin B. Benson
 
* Megan Mullally as Trudy, Honex Tour Guide
 
* Rip Torn as Lou Lo Duca and the Pollen Jocks General
 
* Oprah Winfrey as Judge Bumbleton
 
* Michael Richards as Bud Ditchwater
 
* Larry King as Bee Larry King, a fictionalized bee version of himself
 
* Larry Miller as Dean Buzzwell
 
* Jim Cummings as Title Narrator and Graduation Announcer
 
* David Moses Pimentel as Hector
 
* Chuck Martin as Andy
 
* Brian Hopkins as Sandy Shrimpkin and TSA Agent
 
* John DiMaggio as Bailiff and Janitor
 
* Tress MacNeille as Jeanette Chung, Mother and Cow
 
* Simon J. Smith as Truck Driver and Chet
 
* Ray Liotta as Himself
 
* Sting as Himself
 
* Robert Jayne as Bee (''uncredited'')
 
* Carl Kasell as Himself (''uncredited'')
 
 
== Marketing ==
 
 
=== Trailers ===
 
Two teaser trailers were released for the film that feature Seinfeld dressed in a bee costume, trying to shoot the film in live-action. Eddie Izzard portrays the director, and Steven Spielberg suggests to Seinfeld in the second trailer to just do it as a cartoon. Upon the release of the first trailer, it was announced that three of the live-action teasers would be released in total. In the second trailer, Steven Spielberg is taking a picture of himself and an assistant director, referencing the camera gag Ellen DeGeneres pulled on him during the 79th Academy Awards. After Seinfeld fails to do scenes in live-action, Spielberg suggests Seinfeld that the film can just be made as a cartoon. One of the crew members announces that the film is a cartoon, having the crew leave the stage studio. The trailer finally shows the movie as an animated CGI feature. Also in the second trailer, the bear that jumps out at Barry is Vincent the Bear from ''Over the Hedge'', another DreamWorks Animation SKG movie.
 
 
The third trailer was released with ''Shrek the Third'', but this was an animated teaser. The fourth trailer was released on the ''Bee Movie'' official website, and revealed most of the film's plot. In addition, two weeks before the release, NBC aired 22 behind-the-scenes skits called "Bee Movie TV Juniors," all of which are staged and tongue-in-cheek in nature. The popular internet site Gaia Online featured a great deal of promotional material for the film.
 
 
=== Books ===
 
Eleven books were released for the film:
 
 
* ''Bee Movie: The Story Book'', published by HarperKids.
 
* ''Bee Movie: The Honey Disaster''
 
* ''The Art of Bee Movie''
 
* ''Bee Movie: Deluxe Sound Storybook''
 
* ''Bee Movie Ultimate Sticker Book''
 
* ''Bee Movie (I Can Find It)''
 
* ''Bee Movie: The Junior Novel''
 
* ''Bee Movie: What’s the Buzz?''
 
* ''Bee Movie Mad Libs''
 
* ''Bee Movie: Bee Meets Girl''
 
 
=== Video game ===
 
A video game titled ''Bee Movie Game'' was released on October 30, 2007 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo DS.
 
 
=== Home media ===
 
''Bee Movie'' was released on DVD on March 11, 2008 in both fullscreen and widescreen formats and a 2-disc special edition DVD. The single-disc extras include the "Inside the Hive: The Cast of ''Bee Movie''" and "Tech of ''Bee Movie''" featurettes, "We Got the Bee" music video, "Meet Barry B. Benson" feature, and interactive games. The special edition DVD extras additionally include a filmmaker commentary, alternate endings, lost scenes with commentary, the live action trailers, and ''Jerry's Flight Over Cannes''. An HD DVD version was cancelled after the discontinuation of that format. Paramount released the film on Blu-ray Disc on May 20, 2008, making it DreamWorks Animation's first film to be released on that format.
 
 
== Reception ==
 
 
=== Critical reception ===
 
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, which categorizes reviews only as positive or negative, 49% of 174 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "''Bee Movie'' has humorous moments, but its awkward premise and tame delivery render it mostly forgettable." According to the review aggregator Metacritic, which sampled 34 reviews and calculated a weighted average of 54 out of 100, ''Bee Movie'' received "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
 
 
Michael Phillips of the ''Chicago Tribune'' gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "It's on the easygoing level of ''Surf's Up'', and a full tick up from, say, ''Over the Hedge'' or ''The Ant Bully''. But given the Seinfeld pedigree it's something of a disappointment." Peter Travers of ''Rolling Stone'' gave the film three out of four stars, saying "At its relaxed best, when it's about, well, nothing, the slyly comic ''Bee Movie'' is truly beguiling." Desson Thomson of ''The Washington Post'' said, "''Bee Movie'' feels phoned in on every level. The images, usually computer animation's biggest draw, are disappointingly average. And as for the funny stuff, well, that's where you were supposed to come in."
 
 
A.O. Scott of ''The New York Times'' gave the film three and a half stars out of four, saying "The most genuinely apian aspect of ''Bee Movie'' is that it spends a lot of its running time buzzing happily around, sniffing out fresh jokes wherever they may bloom." Claudia Puig gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying "''Bee Movie'' is certainly not low-budget, but it has all the staying power and creative value of a B-movie. The secret life of bees, as told by Seinfeld, is a bore with a capital B." Steven Rea of ''The Philadelphia Inquirer'' gave the film three stars out of four, saying "''Bee Movie'' is not ''Shrek'', and it is not ''Ratatouille'' either (by far the standout computer-animated feature of the year). But it has enough buzzing wit and eye-popping animation to win over the kids—and probably more than a few parents, too." Richard Roeper gave the film a positive review, saying "This is a beautifully animated, cleverly executed, warm and funny adventure."
 
 
Roger Ebert of the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' gave the film two out of four stars, saying "All of this material, written by Seinfeld and writers associated with his television series, tries hard, but never really takes off. We learn at the outset of the movie that bees theoretically cannot fly. Unfortunately, in the movie, that applies only to the screenplay. It is really, really, really hard to care much about a platonic romantic relationship between Renee Zellweger and a bee, although if anyone could pull it off, she could." Ty Burr of ''The Boston Globe'' gave the film three out of four stars, saying "The vibe is loose-limbed and fluky, and the gags have an extra snap that's recognizably Seinfeldian. If I believed in a sitcom afterlife, I'd swear the whole thing was cooked up by Kramer and George's dad."
 
 
=== Box office ===
 
The film opened in second place to ''American Gangster'', but its gross of $38,021,044 had it more in line with the studios' lowest-grossing features, such as ''Shark Tale''. The film had an average of $9,679 from 3,928 theaters. In its second weekend, the film held well with a 33% drop to $25,565,462 and claiming the top spot, resulting in a $6,482 average from expanding to 3,944 theaters. Its widest release was 3,984 theaters, and closed on February 14, 2008 after 104 days of release, grossing $126,631,277 domestically along with an additional $166,883,059 overseas for a worldwide total of $293,514,336. Based on its domestic box office performance, the film failed to recoup its production budget of $150 million. Following the income from worldwide box office, home media, and pay television, the film ultimately turned a small profit for the studio.
 
 
=== Awards and nominations ===
 
''Bee Movie'' was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 65th Golden Globe Awards.
 
 
Barry B. Benson was the presenter for Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film on the 80th Academy Awards for 2008. Beforehand, he showed the audience some of his "prior" roles, including every bee in the swarm in ''The Swarm''.
 
{| class="fandom-table"
 
! colspan="4" |Awards
 
|-
 
!Award
 
!Category
 
!Name
 
!Outcome
 
|-
 
| rowspan="5" |'''35th Annie Awards'''
 
|Annie Award for Best Animated Feature
 
|
 
| rowspan="12" |Nominated
 
|-
 
|Annie Award for Best Animation Production Artist
 
|Michael Isaak
 
|-
 
|Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Feature Production
 
|Rupert Gregson-Williams
 
|-
 
|Annie Award for Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
 
|Athanassios Vakalis
 
|-
 
|Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
 
|Patrick Warburton
 
|-
 
|'''Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards'''
 
|Best Animated Feature
 
|
 
|-
 
|'''Golden Globe Awards'''
 
|Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film
 
|
 
|-
 
|'''Golden Reel Awards'''
 
|Best Sound Editing - SFX, Foley, Dialogue & ADR for Feature Film Animation
 
|Michael Silvers
 
Will Files
 
Luke Dunn Gielmuda
 
J.J. George
 
Scott Guitteda
 
Kyrsten Mate Comoglio
 
Robert Shoup
 
Shannon Mills
 
Steve Slanec
 
Kevin Crehan
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2" |'''Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards'''
 
|Favorite Animated Movie
 
|
 
|-
 
|Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
 
|Jerry Seinfeld
 
|-
 
|'''Producers Guild of America'''
 
|Animated Theatrical Motion Picture
 
|Jerry Seinfeld
 
Christina Steinerg
 
|-
 
|'''Young Artist Awards'''
 
|Best Family Feature Film (Animation)
 
|
 
|}
 
 
== Lawsuits ==
 
 
=== Beebylon vs. DreamWorks ===
 
''Bee Movie'' is alleged to be similar to a concept developed in 2000 by a team of Swedish animation students, which they claim was presented to DreamWorks in 2001 under the name ''Beebylon''. The animation students say DreamWorks rejected the idea, on the basis of it being "too childish". When ''Bee Movie'' was announced in 2003, the students claim they once again contacted DreamWorks to make sure the movie was not similar to their original concept, and were given a reassuring answer. When one of the members of the ''Beebylon'' team saw a trailer of the movie in 2007, he found it to be extremely similar and attempted to find a U.S. lawyer who could represent them. Jerry Seinfeld rejected the plagiarism claims during his PR tour for ''Bee Movie'' in Sweden.
 
 
=== Beeceuticals vs. DreamWorks ===
 
A Florida-based cosmetics company called Beeceuticals filed a lawsuit over the use of their trademarked phrase "Give Bees a Chance". The suit between the parties was settled out of court.
 
 
== Internet popularity ==
 
Several years after the film's release, ''Bee Movie'' had an unexpected rise in popularity as an Internet meme.
 
 
In 2015, posts of the entire film screenplay spread across Facebook. In November 2016 YouTube user "Avoid at All Costs" uploaded a video where the entire film sped up every time the word "bee" was used. The video, titled ''The entire bee movie but every time they say bee it gets faster'', has gathered over 17 million views as of May 2017. The popularity of this video spawned several variants where the movie or trailer is edited in unusual ways. ''Vanity Fair'' would later characterize the film's late popularity as "totally bizarre."
 
 
There have been some attempts to explain the phenomenon: Jason Richards, whom ''Vanity Fair'' identified as one of the larger promoters of the meme via his @Seinfeld2000 Twitter handle has noted the "off-brand Pixar quality" as a possible reason, while Barry Marder, one of the film's script writers, identified "that odd relationship between an insect and a human woman," as the possible cause. ''Inverse'' meanwhile writes that the film's internet popularity "was a reaction not just to the movie itself but to the realization among millennials that they’d been shown a truly odd movie as children and thought nothing of it."
 
 
Writing for ''New York'' magazine, Paris Martineau identified the meme as starting on Tumblr circa 2011 at which point users would, apparently in earnest, post the opening quotation identifying it as inspiring. By December 2012, however, these posts became so ubiquitous that it would inspire parodies. It has also been suggested that the spread of videos such as ''The entire bee movie but every time they say bee it gets faster'' was inspired by the preceding popularity of the "We Are Number One" meme videos, many of which used a similar title format of "We Are Number One but...".
 
 
Seinfeld said that he has no interest to make a sequel to ''Bee Movie'' in the wake of its online popularity.
 
 
= ''Shrek'' =
 
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! colspan="2" |Shrek
 
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| colspan="2" |Theatrical release poster
 
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!Directed by
 
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* Andrew Adamson
 
* Vicky Jenson
 
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!Written by
 
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* Ted Elliott
 
* Terry Rossio
 
* Joe Stillman
 
* Roger S. H. Schulman
 
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!Based on
 
|''Shrek!''by William Steig
 
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!Produced by
 
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* Aron Warner
 
* John H. Williams
 
* Jeffrey Katzenberg
 
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!Starring
 
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* Mike Myers
 
* Eddie Murphy
 
* Cameron Diaz
 
* John Lithgow
 
|-
 
!Edited by
 
|Sim Evan-Jones
 
|-
 
!Music by
 
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* Harry Gregson-Williams
 
* John Powell
 
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!Production
 
 
companies
 
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* DreamWorks Animation
 
* PDI/DreamWorks
 
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!Distributed by
 
|DreamWorks Distribution
 
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!Release date
 
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* April 22, 2001 (Mann Village Theatre)
 
* May 18, 2001 (United States)
 
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!Running time
 
|90 minutes
 
|-
 
!Country
 
|United States
 
|-
 
!Language
 
|English
 
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!Budget
 
|$60 million
 
|-
 
!Box office
 
|$487.9 million
 
|}
 
'''''Shrek''''' is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film loosely based on the 1990 fairy tale picture book of the same name by William Steig. Directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson in their directorial debuts, 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. In the story, an ogre called Shrek (Myers) finds his swamp overrun by fairy tale creatures who have been banished by the corrupt Lord Farquaad (Lithgow) aspiring to be king. Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to regain control of his swamp in return for rescuing Princess Fiona (Diaz), whom Farquaad intends to marry. With the help of Donkey (Murphy), Shrek embarks on his quest but soon falls in love with the princess, who is hiding a secret that will change his life forever.
 
 
After purchasing the rights to Steig's book in 1991, Steven Spielberg planned to produce a traditionally-animated film based on the book, but John H. Williams convinced him to bring the project to the newly-founded DreamWorks in 1994. Jeffrey Katzenberg began active development of the film in 1995 immediately following the studio's purchase of the rights from Spielberg. Chris Farley was originally cast as the voice for the title character, recording nearly all of the required dialogue. After Farley died in 1997 before his work on the film was finished, Mike Myers was hired to voice the character, eventually settling on giving Shrek a Scottish accent. The film was initially intended to be created using motion capture, but after poor test results, the studio hired Pacific Data Images to complete the final computer animation.
 
 
''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'' (1953) to be chosen to do so. The film was widely praised by critics for its animation, voice performances, writing and humor, which critics noted simultaneously catered to both adults and children. The film was theatrically released in the United States on May 18, 2001, and grossed $484 million worldwide against a production budget of $60 million, becoming the fourth highest grossing film of 2001. ''Shrek'' won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. It earned six award nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), ultimately winning Best Adapted Screenplay. The film's success helped establish DreamWorks Animation as a prime competitor to Pixar in feature film computer animation, and three sequels were released—''Shrek 2'' (2004), ''Shrek the Third'' (2007), and ''Shrek Forever After'' (2010)—along with two holiday specials, a spin-off film, and a stage musical that kickstarted the ''Shrek'' franchise. Although plans for a fifth film were canceled prior to the fourth film's release, the project was revived in 2016, but has since stalled, with production and a potential release date getting pushed back.
 
 
Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress, ''Shrek'' was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2020.
 
 
== Contents ==
 
 
* 1Plot
 
* 2Voice cast
 
* 3Production
 
** 3.1Development
 
** 3.2Casting
 
** 3.3Animation
 
** 3.4Music
 
* 4Cultural references
 
* 5Release
 
** 5.1Marketing
 
** 5.2Home media
 
* 6Reception and legacy
 
** 6.1Box office
 
** 6.2Critical response
 
** 6.3Accolades
 
** 6.4Festivals
 
** 6.5Cultural impact
 
* 7Other media
 
* 8Sequels and spin-offs
 
* 9References
 
* 10Bibliography
 
* 11External links
 
 
== Plot ==
 
Shrek is an anti-social and highly-territorial green ogre who loves the solitude of his swamp. His life is interrupted after the dwarfish Lord Farquaad of Duloc unknowingly exiles a vast number of fairy-tale creatures to Shrek's swamp. Angered by the intrusion, he decides to visit Farquaad and demand they be moved elsewhere. He reluctantly allows the talkative Donkey, who was exiled as well, to tag along and guide him to Duloc.
 
 
Meanwhile, Farquaad is presented with Snow White's Magic Mirror, who tells him that in order to become a true king, he must marry a princess. Farquaad chooses Princess Fiona, who is imprisoned in a castle tower guarded by a dragon. Unwilling to perform the task himself, he organizes a tournament, in which the winner will receive the ''privilege'' of rescuing Fiona. Shrek and Donkey arrive during the tournament and defeat Farquaad's knights. Farquaad proclaims them champions and demands that they rescue Fiona. Farquaad negotiates to have the fairytale creatures relocated if Shrek succeeds, and he accepts.
 
 
Shrek and Donkey travel to the castle and are attacked by Dragon. Shrek locates Fiona, who is appalled by his lack of romanticism, and they flee the castle after rescuing Donkey. When Shrek removes his helmet revealing he is an ogre, Fiona stubbornly refuses to go to Duloc demanding Farquaad arrive in person, but Shrek carries her against her will. That night, after setting up camp and with Fiona alone in a cave, Shrek confides in Donkey about his frustration with being feared and rejected by others over his appearance. Fiona overhears and decides to be kind to Shrek. The next day, they encounter Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, and Fiona dispatches them easily with martial arts when they attack. Shrek is impressed with Fiona, and they begin to fall in love.
 
 
When the trio nears Duloc, Fiona takes shelter in a windmill for the evening. Donkey later enters alone and discovers that Fiona has transformed into an ogress. She explains she has been cursed since childhood, forced to transform every night after sunset and changing back at sunrise. She tells Donkey that only "true love's kiss" will break the spell and change her to "love's true form". Meanwhile, Shrek is about to confess his feelings to Fiona, when he overhears the conversation as she is calling herself an "ugly beast". Believing that Fiona is talking about him, Shrek angrily leaves and returns the next morning with Lord Farquaad. Confused and hurt by Shrek's abrupt hostility toward her, Fiona accepts Farquaad's marriage proposal and requests they be married before nightfall.
 
 
Shrek abandons Donkey and returns to his now-vacated swamp, but realizes that despite his privacy, he feels miserable and misses Fiona. Donkey arrives at the swamp and confronts Shrek. During their quarrel, Donkey explains that the "ugly beast" Fiona was referring to was someone else, and urges him to express his feelings for Fiona before she marries, and the two quickly travel to Duloc thanks to Dragon who Donkey had befriended earlier. Shrek interrupts the wedding just before the ceremony completes and tells Fiona that Farquaad is only marrying her to become king. The sun sets as Fiona transforms into an ogress in front of everyone, causing a surprised Shrek to understand what he overheard.
 
 
Outraged, Farquaad orders Shrek executed and Fiona detained. Dragon, alongside Donkey, bursts in and devours Farquaad. Shrek and Fiona profess their love and share a kiss. Fiona's curse is broken, but permanently making her an ogress, the form that she wasn't expecting, but Shrek still finds her beautiful. They marry in the swamp with fairy-tale creatures in attendance, then leave for their honeymoon.
 
 
== Voice cast ==
 
Main article: List of Shrek characters
 
 
* Mike Myers as:
 
** Shrek
 
** One of the Three Blind Mice
 
* Eddie Murphy as Donkey
 
* Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona
 
* John Lithgow as Lord Farquaad
 
* Vincent Cassel as "Monsieur" Robin Hood
 
* Conrad Vernon as Gingerbread Man
 
* Chris Miller as:
 
** Magic Mirror
 
** Geppetto
 
* Cody Cameron as:
 
** Pinocchio
 
** The Three Little Pigs
 
* Simon J. Smith as Blind Mouse
 
* Christopher Knights as:
 
** Thelonius
 
** One of the Three Blind Mice
 
* Aron Warner as Big Bad Wolf
 
* Jim Cummings as Captain of the Guards
 
* Kathleen Freeman as Old Woman (Donkey's ex-owner)
 
* Andrew Adamson as Duloc Mascot (a man dressed in a suit that looks like Lord Farquaad)
 
* Bobby Block as Baby Bear from the Three Bears
 
* Michael Galasso as Peter Pan
 
 
== Production ==
 
 
=== Development ===
 
At the time DreamWorks was founded, producer John H. Williams got hold of the book from his children and when he brought it to DreamWorks, it caught Jeffrey Katzenberg's attention and the studio decided to make it into a film. Recounting the inspiration of making the film, Williams said:
 
 
After buying the rights to the film, Katzenberg quickly put it in active development in November 1995. Steven Spielberg had thought about making a traditionally animated film adaption of the book before, when he bought the rights to the book in 1991 before the founding of DreamWorks, where Bill Murray would play Shrek and Steve Martin would play Donkey. In the beginning of production, co-director Andrew Adamson refused to be intimidated by Katzenberg and had an argument with him how much should the film appeal to adults. Katzenberg wanted both audiences, but he deemed some of Adamson's ideas, such as adding sexual jokes and Guns N' Roses music to the soundtrack, to be too outrageous. Adamson and Kelly Asbury joined in 1997 to co-direct the film. However, Asbury left a year later for work on the 2002 film ''Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron'', and was replaced with story artist Vicky Jenson. Both Adamson and Jenson decided to work on the film in half, so the crew could at least know whom to go to with specific detail questions about the film's sequences; "We both ended up doing a lot of everything," Adamson said. "We're both kinda control freaks, and we both wanted to do everything."
 
 
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. It was also thought one time that he lived with his parents and kept rotting fish in his bedroom. Donkey was modeled after Pericles (born 1994; also known as Perry), a real miniature donkey from Barron Park in Palo Alto, California. Raman Hui, supervising animator of ''Shrek'', stated that Fiona "wasn't based on any real person" and he did many different sketches for her. He had done over 100 sculptures of Fiona before the directors chose the final design. In early development, the art directors visited Hearst Castle, Stratford upon Avon, and Dordogne for inspiration. Art Director Douglas Rogers visited a magnolia plantation in Charleston, South Carolina for inspiration of Shrek's swamp. Planned characters not used in the film include Goldilocks and Sleeping Beauty.
 
 
During production, animators who failed while working on other projects, such as ''The Prince of Egypt'', were often sent to work on ''Shrek''. The reassignment was known as being "Shreked" and being sent to "the Gulag".
 
 
=== Casting ===
 
Nicolas Cage was initially offered the role of Shrek but he turned it down because he did not want to look like an ogre. In 2013, Cage explained furthermore: "When you're drawn, in a way it says more about how children are going to see you than anything else, and I so care about that."
 
Mike Myers was re-cast as Shrek after Chris Farley's death.
 
Chris Farley was initially hired to voice Shrek, and he had recorded nearly all of the dialogue for the character, but died before completing the project. A story reel featuring a sample of Farley's recorded dialogue was leaked to the public in August 2015. DreamWorks then re-cast the voice role to Mike Myers, who insisted on a complete script rewrite, to leave no traces of Farley's version of Shrek. According to Myers, he wanted to voice the character "for two reasons: I wanted the opportunity to work with Jeffrey Katzenberg; and [the book is] a great story about accepting yourself for who you are."
 
 
After Myers had completed providing the voice for the character, when the film was well into production, he asked to re-record all of his lines with a Scottish accent, similar to that his mother used when she told him bedtime stories and also used for his roles in other films, such as ''So I Married an Axe Murderer'' and ''Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me''. According to the DVD commentary, he had also tried using country and Canadian accents. After hearing the alternative, Katzenberg agreed to redo scenes in the film, saying, "It was so good we took $4M worth of animation out and did it again." A point Myers disputes, saying "it didn't cost the studio 'millions of dollars'," as rumored. "What it meant is instead of me going in for ten sessions, I went in for twenty sessions. I got paid the same." Because of Myers voicing the character, more ideas began to come. There were clearer story points, fresher gags and comedy bits. "I got a letter from Spielberg thanking me so much for caring about the character," Myers said. "And he said the Scottish accent had improved the movie."
 
 
Another person planned to voice a character in the film was Janeane Garofalo, who was set to star alongside Farley as Princess Fiona. However, she was fired from the project for unexplained reasons. Years later, Garofalo stated "I was never told why [I was fired]. I assume because I sound like a man sometimes? I don't know why. Nobody told me ... But, you know, the movie didn't do anything, so who cares?"
 
 
=== Animation ===
 
''Shrek'' was originally set up to be a live-action/CG animation hybrid with background plate miniature sets and the main characters composited into the scene as motion-captured computer graphics, using an ExpertVision Hires Falcon 10 camera system to capture and apply realistic human movement to the characters. A sizable crew was hired to run a test, and after a year and a half of R & D, the test was finally screened in May 1997. The results were not satisfactory, with Katzenberg stating "It looked terrible, it didn't work, it wasn't funny, and we didn't like it." The studio then turned to its production partners at Pacific Data Images (PDI), who began production with the studio in 1998 and helped ''Shrek'' get to its final, computer-animated look. At this time, ''Antz'' was still in production at the studio and effects supervisor Ken Bielenberg was asked by Aron Warner "to start development for ''Shrek''". Similar to previous PDI films, PDI used its own proprietary software (like the Fluid Animation System) for its animated movies. For some elements, however, it also took advantage of some of the powerhouse animation software on the market. This is particularly true with Maya, which PDI used for most of its dynamic cloth animation and for the hair of Fiona and Farquaad.
 
 
"We did a lot of work on character and set-up, and then kept changing the set up while we were doing the animation," Hui noted. "In ''Antz'', we had a facial system that gave us all the facial muscles under the skin. In ''Shrek'', we applied that to whole body. So, if you pay attention to Shrek when he talks, you see that when he opens his jaw, he forms a double chin, because we have the fat and the muscles underneath. That kind of detail took us a long time to get right." One of the most difficult parts of creating the film was making Donkey's fur flow smoothly so that it did not look like that of a Chia Pet. This fell into the hands of the surfacing animators, who used flow controls within a complex shader to provide the fur with many attributes (ability to change directions, lie flat, swirl, etc.). It was then the job of the visual effects group, led by Ken Bielenberg, to make the fur react to environment conditions. Once the technology was mastered, it could be applied to many aspects of the movie, including grass, moss, beards, eyebrows, and even threads on Shrek's tunic. Making human hair realistic was different from Donkey's fur, requiring a separate rendering system and much attention from the lighting and visual effects teams.
 
 
''Shrek'' has 31 sequences, with 1,288 total shots. Aron Warner said that the creators "envisioned a magical environment that you could immerse yourself into". 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. In-film locations were finalized and, as demonstrated by past DreamWorks animated movies, color and mood was of the utmost importance.
 
 
=== Music ===
 
Main article: Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture
 
 
''Shrek'' is the third DreamWorks animated film (and the only film in the Shrek series) to have Harry Gregson-Williams team up with John Powell to compose the score following ''Antz'' (1998) and ''Chicken Run'' (2000). Powell was left out to compose scores for later Shrek films with Gregson-Williams due to a conflict. The score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios by Nick Wollage and Slamm Andrews, with the latter mixing it at Media Ventures and Patricia Sullivan-Fourstar handling mastering.
 
 
''Shrek'' introduced a new element to give the film a unique feel. The film used pop music and other Oldies to make the story more forward. Covers of songs like "On the Road Again" and "Try a Little Tenderness" were integrated in the film's score. The band Smash Mouth's song "All Star" gained massive popularity due to its usage in the film's opening credits. As the film was about to be completed, Katzenberg suggested to the filmmakers to redo the film's ending to "go out with a big laugh"; instead of ending the film with just a storybook closing over Shrek and Fiona as they ride off into the sunset, they decided to add a song "I'm a Believer" covered by Smash Mouth and show all the fairytale creatures in the film.
 
 
Although Rufus Wainwright's version of the song "Hallelujah" appeared in the soundtrack album, it was John Cale's version that appeared in the film; in a radio interview, Rufus Wainwright suggested that his version of "Hallelujah" did not appear in the film due to the "glass ceiling" he was hitting because of his sexuality. An alternative explanation is that, although the filmmakers wanted Cale's version for the film, licensing issues prevented its use in the soundtrack album, because Wainwright was an artist for DreamWorks but Cale was not.
 
 
== Cultural references ==
 
In many places the film references classic movies, predominantly those by Disney. When Tinker Bell falls on Donkey and he says "I can fly" and people around including the Three Little Pigs say "He can fly, he can fly"; this is a reference to Disney's ''Peter Pan''. This scene is also a reference to the Disney film ''Dumbo'', where Donkey says, while flying, "You might have seen a house fly, maybe even a super fly, but I bet you ain't never seen a Donkey fly!". The scene where Fiona is singing to the blue bird is a reference to ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs''. The transformation scene at the end of the film references Disney's ''Beauty and the Beast''.
 
 
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''. The scene where Princess Fiona is fighting the Merry Men is a lengthy reference to the film ''The Matrix''. At the end of the film, the Gingerbread Man at the end with a crutch (and one leg) says "God bless us, everyone" which is a reference to Tiny Tim in ''A Christmas Carol''.
 
 
In the scene where the Magic Mirror gives Lord Farquaad the option to marry three princesses, it parodies popular American television show ''The Dating Game'' featuring: Cinderella and Snow White. In addition, Lord Farquaad's theme park style kingdom Duloc heavily mimics Disneyland, even in so far as parodying the famous "It's a Small World" musical ride in the scene with the singing puppets. It has been suggested that Lord Farquaad himself is an unflattering parody of then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner, whom producer Katzenberg reportedly dislikes.
 
 
== Release ==
 
 
=== Marketing ===
 
In 2000, IMAX released ''CyberWorld'' onto its branded large-screen theaters. It was a compilation film that featured stereoscopic conversions of various animated shorts and sequences, including the bar sequence in ''Antz''. DreamWorks was so impressed by the technology used for the sequence's "stereoscopic translation", that the studio and IMAX decided to plan a big-screen 3D version of ''Shrek''. The film would have been re-released during the Christmas season of 2001, or the following summer, after its conventional 2D release. The re-release would have also included new sequences and an alternate ending. Plans for this was dropped due to "creative changes" instituted by DreamWorks and resulted in a loss of $1.18 million, down from IMAX's profit of $3.24 million.
 
 
Radio Disney was told not to allow any ads for the film to air on the station, stating, "Due to recent initiatives with The Walt Disney Company, we are being asked not to align ourselves promotionally with this new release ''Shrek''. Stations may accept spot dollars only in individual markets." The restriction was later relaxed to allow ads for the film's soundtrack album onto the network.
 
 
On May 7, 2001, Burger King began promotions for the film, giving out a selection of nine exclusive Candy Caddies based on the ''Shrek'' characters, in Big Kids Meal and Kids Meal orders. Ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins also ran an 8-week promotion of the film, selling products such as Shrek's Hot Sludge Sundae, a combination of Oreo Cookies 'n Cream ice cream, hot fudge, crushed chocolate cookies, whipped cream and squiggly gummy worms, and Shrek Freeze Frame Cake, featuring an image of Shrek and Donkey framed by sunflowers. This was to support the film's DVD/VHS release.
 
 
=== Home media ===
 
The film was released by DreamWorks Home Entertainment on VHS and DVD on November 2, 2001. Both releases included ''Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party'', a 3-minute musical short film, that takes up right after ''Shrek''<nowiki/>'s ending, with film's characters performing a medley of modern pop songs.
 
 
''Shrek'' was released on video the same day that Pixar's ''Monsters, Inc.'' hit theaters. Since videos were traditionally released on Tuesdays, Disney's executives did not receive this well, saying that the move "seemed like an underhanded attempt to siphon off some of their film's steam". DreamWorks responded that it "simply shifted the release to a Friday to make it more of an event and predicted that it and other studios would do so more frequently with important films." ''Monsters, Inc.'' earned that weekend more than $62 million, breaking the record for an animated film, while ''Shrek''<nowiki/>'s video release made more than $100 million, and eventually became the biggest selling DVD at the time with over 5.5 million sales. ''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. Worldwide, more than 10 million ''Shrek'' DVDs have been sold by that point.
 
 
A 3D version of the film was released on Blu-ray 3D by Paramount Home Entertainment on December 1, 2010, along with its sequels, and a regular 2D Blu-ray boxset of the series was released six days later.
 
 
In commemoration of the film's 20th anniversary, an Ultra HD Blu-ray edition was released on May 11, 2021 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
 
 
== Reception and legacy ==
 
 
=== Box office ===
 
''Shrek'' opened on around 6,000 screens across 3,587 theaters; eleven of them showed the film digitally, made possible by the THX Division of Lucasfilm. This was the first time that DreamWorks had shown one of its films digitally. The film earned $11.6 million on its first day and $42.3 million on its opening weekend, topping the box office for the weekend and averaging $11,805 from 3,587 theaters. In its second weekend, due to the Memorial Day Weekend holiday, the film gained 0.3 percent to $42.5 million and $55.2 million over the four-day weekend, resulting in an overall 30 percent gain. Despite this, the film finished in second place behind ''Pearl Harbor'' and had an average of $15,240 from expanding to 3,623 sites. In its third weekend, the film retreated 34 percent to $28.2 million for a $7,695 average from expanding to 3,661 theaters. The film closed on December 6, 2001, after grossing $267.7 million domestically, along with $216.7 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $484.4 million. Produced on a $60 million budget, the film was a huge box office smash and is the fourth highest-grossing film of 2001 behind ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'', ''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'', and ''Monsters, Inc.''. The film sold an estimated 47,290,600 tickets in North America.
 
 
''Shrek'' became the highest-grossing animated film ever to be released in Australia, passing the mark set by ''The Lion King'' in 1994. In the United Kingdom, ''Shrek'' regained the top spot at the British box office after being beaten out the previous week by ''Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'', earning a $20.3 million since its opening in the UK.
 
 
=== Critical response ===
 
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an 88% approval rating based on 208 reviews, with an average rating of 7.80/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent ''Shrek'' also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 84 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.
 
Eddie Murphy was particularly praised by reviewers for his performance and role as Donkey.
 
Roger Ebert praised the film, giving it four stars out of a possible four and describing it as "jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart". ''USA Today''<nowiki/>'s Susan Wloszczyna praised Eddie Murphy's performance, stating it "gives the comic performance of his career, aided by sensational digital artistry, as he brays for the slightly neurotic motormouth". Richard Schickel of ''Time'' also enjoyed Murphy's role, stating "No one has ever made a funnier jackass of himself than Murphy." Peter Rainer of ''New York magazine'' liked the script, also stating "The animation, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, is often on the same wriggly, giggly level as the script, although the more "human" characters, such as Princess Fiona and Lord Farquaad, are less interesting than the animals and creatures—a common pitfall in animated films of all types." Peter Travers of ''Rolling Stone'' wrote "''Shrek'' is a world-class charmer that could even seduce the Academy when it hands out the first official animation Oscar next year." James Berardinelli of ''ReelViews'' gave the film three and a half stars out of four, saying "''Shrek'' is not a guilty pleasure for sophisticated movie-goers; it is, purely and simply, a pleasure." Kenneth Turan of the ''Los Angeles Times'' wrote "The witty, fractured fairy tale ''Shrek'' has a solid base of clever writing." Lisa Schwarzbaum of ''Entertainment Weekly'' gave the film an A-, saying "A kind of palace coup, a shout of defiance, and a coming of age for DreamWorks." Jay Boyar of the ''Orlando Sentinel'' wrote "It's a pleasure to be able to report that the movie both captures and expands upon the book's playful spirit of deconstruction."
 
 
Steven Rosen of ''The Denver Post'' wrote "DreamWorks Pictures again proves a name to trust for imaginative, funny animated movies that delight kids and adults equally." Susan Stark of ''The Detroit News'' gave the film four out of four stars, saying "Swift, sweet, irreverent, rangy and as spirited in the writing and voice work as it is splendid in design." Jami Bernard of the ''New York Daily News'' gave the film four out of four stars, saying "The brilliance of the voice work, script, direction and animation all serve to make ''Shrek'' an adorable, infectious work of true sophistication." Rene Rodriguez gave the film three out of four stars, calling it "a gleefully fractured fairy tale that never becomes cynical or crass". Elvis Mitchell of ''The New York Times'' gave the film four out of five stars, saying "Beating up on the irritatingly dainty Disney trademarks is nothing new; it's just that it has rarely been done with the demolition-derby zest of ''Shrek''." William Steig, the author of the original book, and his wife Jeanne Steig also enjoyed the film, stating "We all went sort of expecting to hate it, thinking, 'What has Hollywood done to it?' But we loved it. We were afraid it would be too sickeningly cute and, instead, Bill just thought they did a wonderful, witty job of it."
 
 
John Anderson of ''Newsday'' wrote "The kind of movie that will entertain everyone of every age and probably for ages to come." Jay Carr of ''The Boston Globe'' wrote "In an era when much on film seems old, ''Shrek'' seems new and fresh and clever." Stephen Hunter of ''The Washington Post'' gave the film five out of five stars, saying "Despite all its high-tech weirdness, it is really that most perdurable of human constructions, a tale told well and true." Joe Baltake of ''The Sacramento Bee'' wrote that it "isn't so much a fractured spoof of everything Disney, but actually a Monty Python flick for kids – kids of all ages". Andrew Sarris of ''The New York Observer'' wrote "What gives ''Shrek'' its special artistic distinction is its witty and knowingly sassy dialogue, delivered by vocally charismatic performers whose voices remind us of their stellar screen personae in live-action movies." Lisa Alspector of the ''Chicago Reader'' wrote "This romantic fantasy complicates the roles of beauty and beast, making it hard to guess what form a sensitive resolution will take." Joe Morgenstern of ''The Wall Street Journal'' wrote "The charms of ''Shrek'', which is based on the children's book by William Steig, go far beyond in-jokes for adults." John Zebrowski of ''The Seattle Times'' gave the film three out of four stars, saying "The movie is helped immensely by its cast, who carry it through some of the early, sluggish scenes. But this is Murphy's movie. Donkey gets most of the good lines, and Murphy hits every one."
 
 
A mixed review came from Mark Caro of the ''Chicago Tribune'', who gave the film two and a half stars out of four and compared it to ''Toy Story 2'', which he said "had a higher in-jokes/laughs ratio without straining to demonstrate its hipness or to evoke heartfelt emotions". On the more negative side, Michael Atkinson of ''The Village Voice'' said he was "desperately avoiding the risk of even a half-second of boredom", and said "the movie is wall-to-window-to-door noise, babbling, and jokes (the first minute sees the first fart gag), and demographically it's a hard-sell shotgun spray." Christy Lemire of the ''Associated Press'' described ''Shrek'' as a "90-minute onslaught of in-jokes", and said while it "strives to have a heart" with "a message about beauty coming from within", "somehow [the message] rings hollow". Anthony Lane of ''The New Yorker'' said, despite the film "cunning the rendering of surfaces, there's still something flat and charmless in the digital look, and most of the pleasure rises not from the main romance but from the quick, incidental gags."
 
 
=== Accolades ===
 
At the 74th Academy Awards, ''Shrek'' won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, beating ''Monsters, Inc.'' and ''Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius''. It was also the first animated film to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. ''Entertainment Weekly'' put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "Prince Charming? So last millennium. This decade, fairy-tale fans – and Princess Fiona – fell for a fat and flatulent Ogre. Now, that's progress." It was also nominated for The Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
 
 
''Shrek'' was also nominated for 6 BAFTA Awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film. Eddie Murphy became the first actor to ever receive a BAFTA nomination for a voice-over performance. The film was also nominated for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Film Music, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. ''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.
 
 
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. ''Shrek'' was also ranked second in a Channel 4 poll of the "100 Greatest Family Films", losing out on the top spot to ''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial''. 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''. In November 2009, the character, Lord Farquaad, was listed No. 14 in IGN UK's "Top 15 Fantasy Villains". In 2006, it was ranked third on Bravo's 100 funniest films list. The film's title character was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2010.
 
 
American Film Institute recognition:
 
 
* AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains:
 
** Shrek – Nominated Hero
 
* AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs:
 
** I'm a Believer – Nominated
 
* AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) – Nominated
 
* AFI's 10 Top 10 – No. 8 Animated film
 
 
=== Festivals ===
 
''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'' (1953) to be chosen to do so.
 
 
=== Cultural impact ===
 
Previous films and TV shows, such as ''Fractured Fairy Tales'' and ''The Princess Bride'', have parodied the traditional fairy tale. However, ''Shrek'' itself has noticeably influenced the current generation of mainstream animated films. Particularly after ''Shrek 2'', animated films began to incorporate more pop culture references and end-film musical numbers. Such elements can be seen in films like ''Robots'', ''Chicken Little'' and ''Doogal''. It also inspired a number of computer animated films which also spoofed fairy tales, or other related story genres, often including adult-oriented humor, most of which were not nearly as successful as ''Shrek'', such as ''Happily N'Ever After'', ''Igor'', and ''Hoodwinked!'' In 2020, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
 
 
== Other media ==
 
See also: Shrek The Musical
 
 
Several video game adaptations of the film have been published on various game console platforms, including ''Shrek'' (2001), ''Shrek: Hassle at the Castle'' (2002), ''Shrek: Extra Large'' (2002), ''Shrek: Super Party'' (2002) and ''Shrek SuperSlam'' (2005). Shrek was also included as a bonus unlockable character in the video game ''Tony Hawk's Underground 2'' (2004).
 
 
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.
 
 
A musical version, based on the film, with music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, opened on Broadway on December 14, 2008, and closed January 3, 2010, running for a total of 441 performances. It starred Brian d'Arcy James in the title role, Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad, Daniel Breaker as Donkey, and John Tartaglia as Pinocchio. The Broadway production was recorded and released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital media. A North American Tour opened July 25, 2010, in Chicago. A London production opened in the West End on June 7, 2011. The musical received many Tony Award nominations and won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Costume Design. It received five Laurence Olivier Award nominations including Best New Musical.
 
 
A shot-for-shot fan remake titled ''Shrek Retold'' was released through 3GI Industries on November 29, 2018. The project was a collaboration of 200 filmmakers and mixes live action, hand drawn animation, Flash animation, CGI and various other art forms to recreate the film. The film is available on YouTube for free.
 
 
== Sequels and spin-offs ==
 
Main article: Shrek (franchise)
 
 
Three sequels were released over the years – the Oscar-nominated ''Shrek 2'' in 2004, ''Shrek the Third'' in 2007, and ''Shrek Forever After'' in 2010. ''Shrek 2'' was the only one to receive similar acclaim from critics, though all three sequels were commercially successful. ''Shrek the Halls'' (2007) and ''Scared Shrekless'' (2010) were released as holiday-themed short films, and a spin-off prequel film entitled ''Puss in Boots'' was released in 2011. A fifth feature film was originally planned during the development of ''Shrek Forever After'', but the idea was later abandoned by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Leading up to NBCUniversal's planned acquisition of DreamWorks Animation in 2016, it was announced that a fifth Shrek film would be released in 2019. On November 6, 2018, ''Variety'' reported that Chris Meledandri had been tasked to reboot both Shrek and Puss in Boots, with the original cast potentially returning to reprise their roles. While cast members reported that a script was completed for a fifth Shrek film, development stalled and future plans have yet to be officially announced.
 
 
= ''Shrek 2'' =
 
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!Directed by
 
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* Andrew Adamson
 
* Kelly Asbury
 
* Conrad Vernon
 
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!Screenplay by
 
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* Andrew Adamson
 
* Joe Stillman
 
* J. David Stem
 
* David N. Weiss
 
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!Story by
 
|Andrew Adamson
 
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!Based on
 
|''Shrek!''by William Steig
 
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!Produced by
 
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* Aron Warner
 
* David Lipman
 
* John H. Williams
 
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!Starring
 
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* Mike Myers
 
* Eddie Murphy
 
* Cameron Diaz
 
* Julie Andrews
 
* Antonio Banderas
 
* John Cleese
 
* Rupert Everett
 
* Jennifer Saunders
 
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!Edited by
 
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* Michael Andrews
 
* Sim Evan-Jones
 
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!Music by
 
|Harry Gregson-Williams
 
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companies
 
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* DreamWorks Animation
 
* PDI/DreamWorks
 
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!Distributed by
 
|DreamWorks Pictures
 
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* May 15, 2004 (Cannes)
 
* May 19, 2004 (United States)
 
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|92 minutes
 
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|United States
 
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|English
 
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!Budget
 
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|$919.8 million
 
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'''''Shrek 2''''' is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy film loosely based on the 1990 picture book ''Shrek!'' by William Steig. Directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon, it is the sequel to ''Shrek'' (2001) and the second installment in the ''Shrek'' film franchise. The film stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, who reprise their respective voice roles of Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona. They are joined by new characters voiced by Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, and Jennifer Saunders. Like its predecessor, ''Shrek 2'' also parodies other films based on fairy tales and features references to American popular culture. ''Shrek 2'' takes place following the events of the first film, with Shrek and Donkey meeting Fiona's parents as her zealous Fairy Godmother, who wants Fiona to marry her son Prince Charming, plots to destroy Shrek and Fiona's marriage. Shrek and Donkey team up with a swashbuckling cat named Puss in Boots to foil her plans.
 
 
Development began in 2001, and following disagreements with producers, the first film's screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were replaced with Adamson. The story was inspired by ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'' (1967), and new animation tools were utilized to improve the visual appearance of each character, particularly Puss in Boots. The lead actors also received a significant bump in salary to $10 million, which at the time was among the highest contracts in their respective careers.
 
 
''Shrek 2'' premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or, and it was released in theaters on May 19, 2004. Met with highly favorable reviews like its predecessor, the film grossed US$919.8 million worldwide. It scored the second-largest three-day opening weekend in U.S. history and the largest opening for an animated film at the time of its release. It went on to become the highest-grossing film of 2004 worldwide. ''Shrek 2'' is also DreamWorks Animation's most successful film to date, and it held the title of being the highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide until ''Toy Story 3'' surpassed it in 2010. The film received two Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, and its associated soundtrack charted in the Top 10 on the US ''Billboard'' 200. A sequel to the film, ''Shrek the Third'', was released in May 2007.
 
 
== Contents ==
 
 
* 1Plot
 
* 2Voice cast
 
* 3Production
 
* 4Soundtrack
 
* 5Release
 
** 5.1Home media
 
*** 5.1.1''Far Far Away Idol''
 
* 6Reception
 
** 6.1Box office
 
** 6.2Critical response
 
** 6.3Accolades
 
* 7Other media
 
** 7.1Video games
 
** 7.2Novels
 
* 8Sequels and spin-offs
 
* 9See also
 
* 10Notes
 
* 11References
 
* 12External links
 
 
== Plot ==
 
Newlyweds Shrek and Fiona return from their honeymoon to find they have been invited by Fiona's parents to a royal ball to celebrate their marriage. Shrek refuses to go at first, but Fiona talks him into it, and along with Donkey, they travel to the kingdom of Far Far Away. They meet Fiona's parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian, who are shocked to see both their daughter and son-in-law are ogres, with Harold particularly repulsed. At dinner, Shrek and Harold get into a heated argument and Fiona, disgusted at their behavior, locks herself away in her room. Shrek worries that he is losing Fiona, particularly after finding her childhood diary and reading that she was once infatuated with Prince Charming.
 
 
Harold is reprimanded by the Fairy Godmother and her son Prince Charming, as Charming was to marry Fiona in exchange for Harold's own happy ending. She orders him to find a way to get rid of Shrek. Harold arranges for Shrek and Donkey to join him on a fictitious hunting trip, which is actually a trap to lure them into the hands of an assassin, Puss in Boots. Unable to defeat Shrek, Puss reveals that he was paid by Harold and offers to come along and make amends. The three sneak into the Fairy Godmother's potion factory and steal a "Happily Ever After" potion that Shrek thinks will make him good enough for Fiona.
 
 
Shrek and Donkey both drink the potion and fall into a deep sleep, awakening the next morning to discover its effects: Shrek is now a handsome man, while Donkey has turned into an elegant white stallion. In order to make the change permanent, Shrek must kiss Fiona by midnight. Shrek, Donkey, and Puss return to the castle to discover that the potion has transformed Fiona back into her former human self as well. However, the Fairy Godmother, having discovered the potion's theft, has already sent Charming to pose as Shrek and win Fiona's love. At the Fairy Godmother's urging, Shrek leaves the castle, believing that the best way to make Fiona happy is to let her go.
 
 
To ensure that Fiona falls in love with Charming, the Fairy Godmother gives Harold a love potion to put into Fiona's tea. This exchange is overheard by Shrek, Donkey, and Puss, who are arrested by the royal guards. While the royal ball begins, several of Shrek's friends band together to free the trio and they storm the castle with the help of the Muffin Man's monster-sized gingerbread man. Shrek is too late to prevent Charming from kissing Fiona, but instead of falling in love with Charming, Fiona knocks him out. Harold reveals that he didn't give Fiona the love potion, whereupon the now-enraged Fairy Godmother tries to kill Shrek. Harold saves Shrek, and his armor reflects Fairy Godmother's spell back at her, disintegrating her; however, he is turned back into the Frog Prince, his true form. Harold apologizes for his earlier behavior, admitting his use of the Happily Ever After potion years earlier to gain Lillian's love, and gives his blessing to Shrek and Fiona's marriage. Lillian assures Harold that she still loves him.
 
 
As the clock strikes midnight, Fiona rejects Shrek's offer to remain humans, and they happily let the potion's effects wear off and revert to their ogre forms, while Donkey also changes back to his natural form. In the mid-credits scene, Dragon, who had previously married Donkey, reveals that they now have several dragon-donkey hybrid babies, much to his surprise.
 
 
== Voice cast ==
 
Main article: List of Shrek characters
 
 
* Mike Myers as Shrek
 
* Eddie Murphy as Donkey
 
* Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona
 
* Julie Andrews as Queen Lillian
 
* Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots
 
* John Cleese as King Harold
 
* Rupert Everett as Prince Charming
 
* Jennifer Saunders as Fairy Godmother
 
* Joan Rivers as Red Carpet Announcer
 
** Kate Thornton provides the voice for the UK version
 
* Larry King as Doris the Ugly Stepsister
 
** Jonathan Ross provides the voice for the UK version
 
* Aron Warner as Big Bad Wolf
 
* Cody Cameron as:
 
** Pinocchio
 
** The Three Little Pigs
 
* Christopher Knights and Simon J. Smith as Three Blind Mice
 
* Conrad Vernon as:
 
** Gingy
 
** Muffin Man
 
** Mongo
 
** Cedric
 
** Announcer
 
* Chris Miller as Magic Mirror
 
* Mark Moseley as Dresser
 
* Kelly Cooney as Fast Food Clerk
 
* Kelly Asbury as:
 
** Page
 
** Elf
 
** Nobleman
 
** Nobleman's son
 
* Andrew Adamson as Captain of the Guard
 
 
; Cameos
 
 
* Joan Rivers' cameo as herself marked the first time that a real person had been represented on screen by the ''Shrek'' animation team. Her part (though retaining her visual representation) was redubbed by presenter Kate Thornton for the United Kingdom release.
 
* Simon Cowell appears as himself on ''Far Far Away Idol'', a parody of ''American Idol,'' on the DVD special features and just before the credits on the U.S. VHS edition (see Home Media).
 
 
== Production ==
 
In 2001, soon after the original ''Shrek'' proved to be a hit, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz negotiated an upfront payment of $10 million each for voicing a sequel to the film. This pay increase represented a significant rise from the $350,000 salary that each of the three were paid for the first film. According to Jeffrey Katzenberg, the executive producer of ''Shrek 2'' and a co-founder of DreamWorks, who led the negotiations, the payments were probably the highest in the actors' entire careers. Each of the actors were expected to work between 15 and 18 hours in total. The film was produced with a $70 million budget.
 
 
Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, the screenwriters of the first ''Shrek'' film, insisted that the sequel be a traditional fairytale, but after disagreements with the producers, they left the project and were replaced by director Andrew Adamson. His writing of ''Shrek 2'' was inspired by the 1967 comedy-drama film ''Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'', and was completed with the help of the film's co-directors, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon, who spent most of the film's production duration in Northern California while Adamson spent most of his time with the film's voice actors in Glendale, California.
 
 
DreamWorks began production of ''Shrek 2'' in 2001, before the first ''Shrek'' film was completed. The studio added more human characters to the film than there were in its predecessor and improved character appearance and movement with the use of several new animation/rendering systems. In particular, Puss in Boots necessitated development of a whole new set of film production tools to handle the appearance of his fur, belt, and hat plume; Puss' fur especially required an upgrade to the fur shader. All of the character setup was completed in the first three years of production.
 
 
In an early version of ''Shrek 2'', Shrek abdicated the throne, and called for a fairy tale election. Pinocchio's campaign was an "honesty" campaign, while Gingy's was a "smear" campaign. Adamson said that although this plot did have many funny ideas, it was also too overtly satiric and political, and considered "more intellectual than emotional". ''Shrek 2'' also appears much darker in terms of lighting when compared to the original film. Designers reportedly took inspiration from 19th century French illustrator and engraver Gustav Doré to improve the film's richness of detail and setting. According to production designer Guillaume Aretos, "There are a lot of medieval paintings and illustrations [and] my own influences, which are classical paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries...The design of Shrek is always a twist on reality anyway, so we tried to [pack] as much detail and interest as we could in the imagery."
 
 
== Soundtrack ==
 
Main article: List of songs featured in Shrek 2
 
 
The soundtrack for ''Shrek 2'' was composed solely by Harry Gregson-Williams. The soundtrack reached the 8th position on the US ''Billboard'' 200 and 1st on the US Soundtracks (''Billboard''). It also features two versions of the 1980s Bonnie Tyler hit "Holding Out for a Hero".
 
 
== Release ==
 
In April 2004, the film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
 
 
''Shrek 2'' was originally scheduled for release on June 18, 2004. The film was then moved forward from June 18, 2004, to May 21, 2004; however, due to "fan demand", it was released two days earlier from May 21, 2004, to May 19, 2004. A day before the film went to theaters, the first five minutes were shown on Nickelodeon's ''U-Pick Live''.
 
 
Playing in 4,163 theaters over its first weekend in the United States, ''Shrek 2'' was the first film with over 4,000 theaters in overall count. Over 3,700 theaters was its count for an opening day.
 
 
In July 2014, the film's distribution rights were purchased by DreamWorks Animation from Paramount Pictures (owners of the pre-2005 DreamWorks Pictures catalog) and transferred to 20th Century Fox before reverting to Universal Studios in 2018.
 
 
=== Home media ===
 
''Shrek 2'' was released on VHS and DVD on November 5, 2004 and on Game Boy Advance Video on November 17, 2005. A 3D-converted version of the film was released exclusively with select Samsung television sets on Blu-ray on December 1, 2010, along with the other three films of the series. A non-3D version was released on December 7, 2010, as part of ''Shrek: The Whole Story'', and a stand-alone Blu-ray/DVD combo pack was released individually on August 30, 2011, along with the other two films of the series. A stand-alone 3D Blu-ray version of the film was released on November 1, 2011. The DVD release features two full-length commentary tracks, one by co-directors Conrad Vernon and Kelly Asbury, and a second by producer Aron Warner and editor Michael Andrews.
 
 
==== ''Far Far Away Idol'' ====
 
See also: List of songs featured in Far Far Away Idol
 
 
''Far Far Away Idol'' is a special feature on the DVD and VHS release based on ''American Idol'' and guest starring Simon Cowell. Taking place right after ''Shrek 2'' ends, the short features characters from ''Shrek'' compete in a sing-off while being judged by Shrek, Fiona, and Cowell.
 
 
After the performances, on the DVD release, the viewer gets to pick the winner. However, if any character outside of Shrek (along with Princess Fiona), Donkey, or Puss were selected, Cowell would refuse to accept the winner and proclaim himself the victor, leaping onto a table and performing his "own" rendition of "My Way". At the end of the VHS release, it gives a link to a website where the viewer can vote for their favorite to determine the ultimate winner. DreamWorks Animation announced on November 8, 2004, three days after the DVD and VHS release, that after over 750,000 votes cast, the winner of the competition was Doris.
 
 
== Reception ==
 
 
=== Box office ===
 
The film opened at No. 1 with a Friday-to-Sunday total of $108 million, and $129 million since its Wednesday launch, from a then-record 4,163 theaters, for an average of $25,952 per theater over the weekend. At the time ''Shrek 2''<nowiki/>'s Friday-to-Sunday total was the second-highest opening weekend, only trailing ''Spider-Man''<nowiki/>'s $114.8 million. In addition, Saturday alone managed to obtain $44.8 million, making it the highest single-day gross at the time, beating ''Spider-Man''<nowiki/>'s first Saturday gross of $43.6 million. The film remained at No. 1 in its second weekend, expanding to 4,223 theaters, and grossing another $95.6 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, narrowly beating out the $85.8 million four-day tally of new opener ''The Day After Tomorrow''. It spent ten weeks in the weekly Top 10, remaining there until July 29, and stayed in theaters for 149 days (roughly twenty-one weeks), closing on November 25, 2004. The film was released in the United Kingdom on July 2, 2004, and topped the country's box office for the next two weekends, before being dethroned by ''Spider-Man 2''.
 
 
The film grossed $441.2 million domestically (US and Canada) and $478.6 million in foreign markets for a total of $919.8 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of both 2004 and in its franchise. This also puts the film at 14th on the all-time domestic box office list and 42nd on the worldwide box office list. The film sold an estimated 71,050,900 tickets in the US.
 
 
The film also took away the highest worldwide gross made by an animated feature, which was before held by ''Finding Nemo'' (2003), although the latter still had a higher overseas-only gross. With DVD sales and ''Shrek 2'' merchandise estimated to total almost $800 million, the film (which was produced with a budget of $150 million) is DreamWorks' most profitable film to date.
 
 
''Shrek 2'' remained the highest-grossing animated film worldwide until the release of ''Toy Story 3'' (2010), and held the record for the highest-grossing animated film at the North American box office until the release of ''Finding Dory'' (2016) as well as the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film at this box office. Disney's 3D re-releases of ''The Lion King'' (in 2011) and ''Finding Nemo'' (in 2012), ''Despicable Me 2'' (in 2013), Disney's ''Frozen'' (also in 2013), ''Minions'' (in 2015), ''Zootopia'' (in 2016), ''Finding Dory'' (also in 2016), ''Despicable Me 3'' (in 2017), ''Incredibles 2'' (in 2018), ''Toy Story 4'', the remake of ''The Lion King'', and ''Frozen II'' (all in 2019) respectively, surpassed ''Shrek 2'' and relegated it as the fourteenth-highest-grossing animated film of all time.
 
 
=== Critical response ===
 
On film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, ''Shrek 2'' has an approval rating of 89% based on 237 reviews with an average rating of 7.70/10. The website's consensus reads, "It may not be as fresh as the original, but topical humor and colorful secondary characters make ''Shrek 2'' a winner in its own right." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 75 out of 100 based on 40 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.
 
 
Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, saying it is "bright, lively, and entertaining", and Robert Denerstein of ''Denver Rocky Mountain News'' called it "sharply funny". James Kendrick of ''QNetwork'' praised the plot, calling it "familiar, but funny". J. R. Jones of the ''Chicago Reader'' called it "unassailable family entertainment", and similar to the first film. Michael O'Sullivan of ''The Washington Post'' called it "better and funnier than the original".
 
 
Though he wrote that it is not as good as the first film, Kevin Lally of ''Film Journal International'' described it as "inventive and often very funny". Peter Rainer of ''New York'' magazine, however, stated the film "manages to undo much of what made its predecessor such a computer-generated joy ride."
 
 
=== Accolades ===
 
''Shrek 2'' was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. It won five awards at the 31st People's Choice Awards: ''Favorite Animated Movie'', ''Favorite Animated Movie Star'' for "Donkey" (Eddie Murphy), ''Favorite Movie Comedy'', and ''Favorite Movie Villain'' for "Fairy Godmother" (Jennifer Saunders), and ''Favorite Sequel''. It also won a Teen Choice Award in the category of ''Choice Award Choice Movie – Comedy''. The film was nominated at the 3rd Visual Effects Society Awards in the category of "Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture."
 
 
Along with ''Shark Tale'', the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but lost to ''The Incredibles''. One of the film's songs, "Accidentally in Love" received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
 
 
In 2008, the American Film Institute nominated the film for its Top 10 Animation Films list.
 
{| class="fandom-table"
 
! colspan="4" |Awards
 
|-
 
!Award
 
!Category
 
!Name
 
!Outcome
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2" |Academy Awards
 
|Best Animated Feature
 
|Andrew Adamson
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Original Song
 
|"Accidentally in Love"
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
| rowspan="5" |Annie Awards
 
|Best Animated Feature
 
|Andrew Adamson
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Music in an Animated Feature Production
 
|Harry Gregson-Williams
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
 
|Conrad Vernon
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
 
|Antonio Banderas
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production
 
|Andrew Adamson, Joe Stillman, J. David Stem, and David N. Weiss
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Awards Circuit Community Awards
 
|Best Animated Feature Film
 
|
 
|Runner-up
 
|-
 
|BMI Film & TV Awards
 
|BMI Film Music Award
 
|Harry Gregson-Williams
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|BMI Film & TV Awards
 
|Most Performed Song from a Film
 
|"Accidentally In Love"
 
|Won
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2" |Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
 
|Best Animated Feature
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Song
 
|"Accidentally In Love"
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Cannes Film Festival
 
|Palme d'Or
 
|Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury & Conrad Vernon
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association
 
|Best Animated Film
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2" |Gold Derby Awards
 
|Best Animated Feature
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Original Song
 
|Counting Crows
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
| rowspan="3" |Golden Schmoes Awards
 
|Most Overrated Movie of the Year
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Animated Movie of the Year
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Coolest Character of the Year (for "Puss in Boots")
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Golden Trailer Awards
 
|Best Animation/Family (for "Ant Farm, The")
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2" |Grammy Awards
 
|Best Compilation Soundtrack Album
 
|Andrew Adamson, Christopher Douridas & Michael Ostin
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Song
 
|David Bryson, Adam Duritz, David Immerglück, Matthew Malley & Dan Vickrey for "Accidentally In Love"
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Hollywood Film Awards
 
|Animation of the Year
 
|Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury & Conrad Vernon
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|International Film Music Critics Association
 
|Best Original Score for a Comedy Film
 
|Harry Gregson-Williams
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2" |International Online Cinema Awards
 
|Best Animated Feature
 
|Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury & Conrad Vernon
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Original Song
 
|"Accidentally In Love"
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Irish Film & Television Academy
 
|Best International Actress
 
|Cameron Diaz
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
 
|Best Foreign Director
 
|Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury & Conrad Vernon
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2" |Italian Online Movie Awards
 
|Best Animated Feature Film
 
|
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|Best Original Song
 
|"Accidentally in Love"
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Motion Picture Sound Editors
 
|Best Sound Editing in Feature Film – Animated
 
|Randy Thom, Dennis Leonard, Jonathan Null, Marilyn McCoppen, David C. Hughes, Scott Guitteau, J.R. Grubbs Ewa Sztompke, Larry Oatfield, Andre Fenley & Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|MTV Movie & TV Awards
 
|Best Comedic Performance
 
|Antonio Banderas
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|MTV Movie Awards, Mexico
 
|Favorite Voice in an Animated Film
 
|Eugenio Derbez as the voice of Donkey in Latin America
 
|Won
 
|-
 
| rowspan="5" |Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
 
|Favorite Movie
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Favorite Animated Film
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Favorite Voice From An Animated Movie
 
|Mike Myers
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Favorite Voice From An Animated Movie
 
|Eddie Murphy
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Favorite Voice From An Animated Movie
 
|Cameron Diaz
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2" |Online Film & Television Association
 
|Best Animated Picture
 
|Aron Warner, David Lipman & John H. Williams
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Music, Original Song
 
|Adam Duritz, Charles Gillingham, Jim Bogios, David Immerglück, Matthew Malley, David Bryson & Daniel Vickers (for "Accidentally in Love")
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Online Film Critics Society
 
|Best Animated Film
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
| rowspan="6" |People's Choice Awards
 
|Favorite Movie Comedy
 
|
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|Favorite Sequel
 
|
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|Favorite Animated Movie
 
|
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|Favorite Animated Movie Star
 
|Eddie Murphy
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|Favorite Movie Villain
 
|Jennifer Saunders
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|Favorite Motion Picture
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
 
|Best Original Song
 
|"Accidentally in Love"
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|Russian National Movie Awards
 
|Best Blockbuster Movie
 
|
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|Satellite Awards
 
|Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
 
|Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Teen Choice Awards
 
|Choice Movie: Animated/Computer Generated
 
|
 
|Won
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2" |Teen Choice Awards
 
|Choice Movie – Comedy
 
|
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|Choice Movie of the Summer
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Visual Effects Society
 
|Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture
 
|Antonio Banderas
 
Raman Hui
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
| rowspan="3" |World Soundtrack Awards
 
|Soundtrack Composer of the Year
 
|Harry Gregson-Williams
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Original Soundtrack of the Year
 
|Harry Gregson-Williams
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Best Original Song Written for Film
 
|Counting Crows
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|Young Artist Awards
 
|Best Family Feature Film – Animation
 
|
 
|Nominated
 
|}
 
 
== Other media ==
 
 
=== Video games ===
 
Main article: Shrek video games
 
 
* ''Shrek 2'' (2004)
 
* ''Shrek 2 Activity Center: Twisted Fairy Tale Fun'' (2004)
 
* ''Shrek 2: Beg for Mercy'' (2004)
 
* ''Shrek SuperSlam'' (2005)
 
* ''Shrek Smash n' Crash Racing'' (2006)
 
 
=== Novels ===
 
''Shrek 2: The Movie Storybook'' was published by Scholastic in 2004. It was written by Tom Mason and Dan Danko and illustrated by Michael Koelsch.
 
 
== Sequels and spin-offs ==
 
Main article: Shrek (franchise)
 
 
''Shrek 2'' has two sequels; they are ''Shrek the Third'' and ''Shrek Forever After''. A spin-off film ''Puss in Boots'' was released on October 28, 2011, and focuses on the character of Puss in Boots, who was introduced in this film. On November 6, 2018, it was reported by Variety that Chris Meledandri had been tasked to reboot both Shrek and Puss in Boots, with the original cast potentially returning.
 
 
= ''Shrek the Third'' =
 
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{| class="fandom-table"
 
! colspan="2" |Shrek the Third
 
|-
 
| colspan="2" |Theatrical release poster
 
|-
 
!Directed by
 
|Chris Miller
 
|-
 
!Screenplay by
 
|
 
* Jeffrey Price Peter S. Seaman
 
* Chris Miller
 
* Aron Warner
 
|-
 
!Story by
 
|Andrew Adamson
 
|-
 
!Based on
 
|''Shrek!''by William Steig
 
|-
 
!Produced by
 
|Aron Warner
 
|-
 
!Starring
 
|
 
* Mike Myers
 
* Eddie Murphy
 
* Cameron Diaz
 
* Antonio Banderas
 
* Julie Andrews
 
* John Cleese
 
* Rupert Everett
 
* Eric Idle
 
* Justin Timberlake
 
|-
 
!Edited by
 
|Michael Andrews
 
|-
 
!Music by
 
|Harry Gregson-Williams
 
|-
 
!Production
 
 
companies
 
|
 
* DreamWorks Animation
 
* Pacific Data Images
 
|-
 
!Distributed by
 
|
 
* Paramount Pictures
 
* DreamWorks Animation
 
|-
 
!Release date
 
|
 
* May 6, 2007 (Mann Village Theatre)
 
* May 18, 2007 (United States)
 
|-
 
!Running time
 
|93 minutes
 
|-
 
!Country
 
|United States
 
|-
 
!Language
 
|English
 
|-
 
!Budget
 
|$160 million
 
|-
 
!Box office
 
|$813.4 million
 
|}
 
'''''Shrek the Third''''' (also known as '''''Shrek 3''''') is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film loosely based on the 1990 picture book ''Shrek!'' by William Steig. Directed by Chris Miller (in his feature directorial debut) and co-directed by Raman Hui, it is the third installment in the ''Shrek'' film series and the sequel to ''Shrek 2'' (2004). The film stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Julie Andrews, and John Cleese reprising their voice roles from the previous films, along with new additions such as Justin Timberlake as Arthur Pendragon and Eric Idle as Merlin. In the plot, Prince Charming is plotting to overthrow Shrek and Fiona, who have inherited the throne following King Harold's death. Shrek, who does not want to rule the kingdom and does not believe an ogre is fit to be king, attempts to convince Fiona's underachieving, 16-year-old cousin Artie to reign instead.
 
 
''Shrek the Third'' premiered at the Mann Village Theatre, Westwood in Los Angeles on May 6, 2007, and was released in the United States on May 18, 2007, exactly six years after the first film was released. The film grossed $813 million on a budget of $160 million, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2007. It was nominated for the Best Animated Film at the 61st British Academy Film Awards. ''Shrek the Third'' was the final film in the ''Shrek'' franchise to be co-produced by Pacific Data Images, which folded in 2015. The sequel, ''Shrek Forever After'', was released in May 2010.
 
 
== Contents ==
 
 
* 1Plot
 
* 2Voice cast
 
* 3Production
 
* 4Reception
 
** 4.1Box office
 
** 4.2Critical reception
 
** 4.3Awards and nominations
 
* 5Soundtrack
 
* 6Home media
 
* 7Marketing
 
* 8Controversy
 
* 9Satirical marketing effort
 
* 10Sequel
 
* 11Notes
 
* 12References
 
* 13External links
 
 
== Plot[edit] ==
 
Shrek and Princess Fiona are set to succeed the dying King Harold, but Shrek's attempts to serve as the Regent during the King's medical leave end in disaster. He insists that an ogre as king isn't ideal and that there must be someone else. Before he dies, Harold tells Shrek of another heir: his nephew, Arthur "Artie" Pendragon. Meanwhile, Prince Charming vows to become King of Far Far Away and avenge the death of his mother, the Fairy Godmother. Charming goes to the Poison Apple tavern and persuades fairy tale villains to fight for their "happily ever after".
 
 
Shrek, Donkey, and Puss in Boots set out to retrieve Artie. As they sail away, Fiona reveals to Shrek that she's pregnant, much to Shrek's horror who doesn't believe he's capable of raising children. The trio journey to Worcestershire Academy, an elite magical boarding school, where they discover Artie as a scrawny, 16-year-old underachiever. At the school pep rally, Shrek tells Artie he's been chosen for king of Far Far Away. Artie is excited until Donkey and Puss inadvertently frighten him by discussing the king's responsibilities. Immediately losing confidence, Artie tries to take control of the ship and steer it back to Worcestershire; following a scuffle with Shrek, the ship crashes on a remote island where they encounter Artie's retired wizard teacher, Merlin.
 
 
Charming and other villains attack the castle, but Wolfie, Pinocchio, Gingy, and others stall them long enough for the castle's occupants including Fiona and her mother Queen Lillian to escape. One of the Pigs accidentally reveals that Shrek has gone to retrieve Arthur, and Prince Charming reacts by sending Captain Hook and his pirates to track them down. The ladies are locked in a tower after Rapunzel betrays them, having fallen in love with Charming.
 
 
Captain Hook and his pirates catch up to Shrek on Merlin's island. Shrek avoids capture, and Hook reveals Charming's takeover of Far Far Away. Shrek urges Artie to return to Worcestershire. Instead, Artie cons Merlin into using his magic to send them to Far Far Away. The spell causes Puss and Donkey to accidentally switch bodies. They find Pinocchio and learn that Charming plans to kill Shrek as part of a play. Charming's men arrive, but Artie tricks the knights, and they avoid capture. Later, they break into the castle during rehearsals for the play. Caught in Charming's dressing room, the four are taken captive.
 
 
Charming prepares to kill Artie to retain the crown. To save Artie's life, Shrek tells Charming that Artie was a pawn to take his place. Charming believes Shrek and allows Artie to leave. Donkey and Puss are imprisoned with Fiona and the ladies, where Fiona grows frustrated with their lack of initiative. Queen Lillian smashes an opening in the stone wall of the prison with a headbutt. While the princesses launch a rescue mission for Shrek, Donkey and Puss free Gingy, Pinocchio, and others along with Dragon and Donkey's children. Puss and Donkey mollify Artie by explaining that Shrek lied to save Artie's life.
 
 
Charming stages a musical in front of the kingdom. Just as Charming is about to kill Shrek, Fiona, Puss, and Donkey, the princesses and other fairy tale characters confront the villains, but quickly lose in a showdown. Artie shows up and gives a speech to the villains, convincing them that they can be accepted into society instead of being outcast. The villains agree to give up their evil ways, while Charming refuses to listen and lunges at Artie with his sword. Shrek blocks the blow and it initially appears that he was stabbed. Charming decrees himself the new king, but Shrek reveals that the sword actually went in between his arm and torso and pushes Charming aside, while Dragon knocks the tower down onto Charming.
 
 
Artie is crowned king. While the kingdom celebrates, Merlin reverts Puss and Donkey's body swap. Shrek and Fiona return to their swamp, where they become the parents of ogre triplets, coping with parenthood with the help of Puss, Lillian, Donkey and Dragon.
 
 
== Voice cast[edit] ==
 
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Justin Timberlake at the film's British premiere in London.
 
 
See also: List of Shrek characters
 
 
* Mike Myers as Shrek
 
* Eddie Murphy as Donkey
 
* Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona
 
* Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots
 
* Julie Andrews as Queen Lillian
 
* Rupert Everett as Prince Charming
 
* Eric Idle as Merlin
 
* Justin Timberlake as Arthur "Artie" Pendragon
 
* Conrad Vernon as Gingerbread Man, Rumpelstiltskin, Headless Horseman
 
* Cody Cameron as Pinocchio, the Three Pigs, Fergus
 
* Larry King as Doris the Ugly Stepsister
 
* Christopher Knights as The Three Blind Mice
 
* Amy Poehler as Snow White
 
* Maya Rudolph as Rapunzel
 
* Amy Sedaris as Cinderella
 
* Aron Warner as Wolf
 
* Cheri Oteri as Sleeping Beauty and actress
 
* Frank Welker as Dragon
 
* Ian McShane as Captain Hook
 
* Susanne Blakeslee as Evil Queen
 
* John Cleese as King Harold
 
* Regis Philbin as Mabel the Ugly Stepsister
 
* Mark Valley as Cyclops
 
* Chris Miller as the Puppet Master
 
* John Krasinski as Lancelot
 
* Seth Rogen as Ship Captain
 
* Tom Kane as Guard No. 1
 
* Kari Wahlgren as Old Lady
 
 
== Production[edit] ==
 
Following the success of ''Shrek 2'', a third and fourth ''Shrek'' movie, along with plans for a final, fifth film, were announced in May 2004 by Jeffrey Katzenberg: "''Shrek 3'' and ''4'' are going to reveal other unanswered questions and, finally, in the last chapter, we will understand how Shrek came to be in that swamp, when we meet him in the first movie."
 
 
DreamWorks hired screenwriters Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman (of both ''Who Framed Roger Rabbit'' and ''Doc Hollywood'' fame) to write the script of the film and Jon Zack, who wrote ''The Perfect Score'', came on board as a consultant. Unlike the first two films, the film was not directed by Andrew Adamson due to his occupation with ''The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe''. Adamson was still involved as an executive producer, and was giving advice approximately every four months on the state of the film. ''Shrek the Third'' was instead directed by Chris Miller, a story artist on the first film and a head of story on the second, and co-directed by Raman Hui, a supervising animator on the first two films.
 
 
The film was developed under the working title of ''Shrek 3''. By March 2006, the title of the film was changed to ''Shrek the Third''. According to Miller, the reason behind the title change was because they "didn't want to just sort of title it like it was just a sequel," instead they wanted "something to make it stand on its own, give it its own personality and really try to treat it as a chapter in Shrek's life." Hui also remarked: "It's about Shrek becoming the new king of Far Far Away; the title sounds kind of royal as well."
 
 
The film was originally going to be released in November 2006; however, in December 2004, the date was changed to May 2007; "The sheer magnitude of the ''Shrek'' franchise has led us to conclude that a May release date, with a DVD release around the holiday season, will enable us to best maximize performance and increase profitability, thereby generating enhanced asset value and better returns for our shareholders." Katzenberg explained. ''Flushed Away'', another film from DreamWorks Animation, was instead given the slot of November 2006. The release date change was also the day after Disney/Pixar changed the release date of ''Cars'', from November 2005 to June 2006.
 
 
== Reception[edit] ==
 
 
=== Box office[edit] ===
 
''Shrek the Third'' opened in 4,122 North American theaters on May 18, 2007, grossing $38 million on its first day, which was the biggest opening day for an animated film at the time. It grossed a total of $121.6 million in its first weekend, the best opening weekend ever for an animated film, and the second-highest opening for a 2007 film in the United States and Canada. It held the animated opening weekend record for nine years until it was surpassed by ''Finding Dory''<nowiki/>'s $135.1 million debut. At the time, its opening weekend was the third-highest of all time in these regions.
 
 
''Shrek the Third'' grossed $322.7 million in the United States, and $490.7 million overseas, bringing its cumulative total to $813.4 million. The film was the fourth-highest-grossing film worldwide of 2007, and the second-highest-grossing film in the United States and Canada that year. In addition, it was the highest-grossing animated film of 2007, and the third-highest-grossing animated film ever. The film sold an estimated 46,907,000 tickets in North America.
 
 
The film was released in the United Kingdom on June 29, 2007, and topped the country's box office for the next two weekends, before being dethroned by ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix''.
 
 
=== Critical reception[edit] ===
 
On Rotten Tomatoes, ''Shrek the Third'' has an approval rating of 42% based on 214 reviews with an average rating of 5.50/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "''Shrek the Third'' has pop culture potshots galore, but at the expense of the heart, charm, and wit that made the first two ''Shreks'' classics." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 58 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, a step down from the first two films' "A".
 
 
David Ansen of Newsweek wrote that the film's "slightly snarky wit is aimed almost entirely at parents... this one never touched my heart or got under my skin. It's a movie at war with itself: a kiddie movie that doesn't really want to be one."
 
 
Peter Bradshaw of ''The Guardian'' gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, saying the film "wasn't awful, but it's bland, with a barrel-scraping averageness. There are no new ideas, no very funny new characters..." He called the character Merlin a "frankly unfunny new character" and considered the character to be a "rip-off of Albus Dumbledore from the ''Harry Potter'' franchise". He stated that the film contained "no decent musical numbers, incidentally, and the one cover version is bizarrely chosen. For Harold's funeral, we get a rendering of ... Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die". Er ... huh? Because it's kind of sad and it has "die" in the title?"
 
 
''The Times'' of London rated it 2 out of 5.
 
 
A. O. Scott from ''The New York Times'' described the film as "at once more energetic and more relaxed [than its predecessors], less desperate to prove its cleverness and therefore to some extent, smarter."
 
 
=== Awards and nominations[edit] ===
 
{| class="fandom-table"
 
!'''Awards'''
 
!'''Category'''
 
!'''Recipient'''
 
!'''Result'''
 
|-
 
|Annie Awards
 
|Directing in an Animated Feature Production
 
|Chris Miller, Raman Hui
 
| rowspan="5" |Nominated
 
|-
 
|BAFTA Awards
 
|Best Animated Film
 
|Chris Miller
 
|-
 
|Golden Reel Award
 
|Best Sound Editing in Feature Film: Animated
 
|
 
|-
 
| rowspan="4" |Kids Choice Awards
 
|Favorite Animated Movie
 
|
 
|-
 
| rowspan="3" |Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie
 
|Cameron Diaz
 
|-
 
|Eddie Murphy
 
|Won
 
|-
 
|Mike Myers
 
|Nominated
 
|-
 
|People's Choice Awards
 
|Favorite Family Movie
 
|
 
|Won
 
|-
 
| rowspan="2" |VES Awards
 
|Outstanding Effects in an Animated Motion Picture
 
|Matt Baer, Greg Hart, Krzysztof Rost, Anthony Field
 
| rowspan="2" |Nominated
 
|-
 
|Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture
 
|John Cleese, Guillaume Aretos, Tim Cheung, Sean Mahoney
 
|}
 
 
== Soundtrack[edit] ==
 
Main articles: List of songs featured in Shrek and Shrek the Third: Original Motion Picture Score
 
 
== Home media[edit] ==
 
The film was released on both DVD and HD DVD on November 13, 2007. The DVD was released in separate pan and scan and widescreen formats. The film and special features on the HD DVD version were presented in 1.78:1 widescreen high-definition 1080p and feature a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio soundtrack, and special features for both formats include several deleted scenes, features, trailers, commentary, music videos, and exclusively on the HD DVD version, some web-enabled and HDi Interactive Format features such as a special trivia track, a film guide, and an interactive coloring book which can be downloaded as of street date.
 
 
Following Paramount's decision to discontinue HD DVD production (making ''Shrek the Third'' the only DreamWorks Animation film to be released on that format), the film was subsequently released on Blu-ray Disc on September 16, 2008. It was re-released on Blu-ray as part of the Shrek: The Whole Story boxset on December 7, 2010 before receiving another separate release on August 30, 2011, and on Blu-ray 3D on November 1, 2011 as a Best Buy exclusive.
 
 
As of August 30, 2014, DVD sales gathered revenue of $176.7 million from about 11,863,374 units sold.
 
 
== Marketing[edit] ==
 
Main article: Shrek the Third (video game)
 
 
''Shrek The Third'' was widely anticipated and DreamWorks backed the film with a large marketing campaign, with toys, books, games, clothes, and many other items becoming available throughout 2007. A video game based on the film has been released for the Wii, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable, PC, and Nintendo DS.
 
 
In May 2007, ''Shrek The Third'' was made into a mobile video game, developed by Gameloft. Shrek n' Roll, an action puzzle game based on the film, was released for the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade on November 14, 2007. A pinball machine based on the film has also been produced by Stern Pinball.
 
 
== Controversy[edit] ==
 
In the beginning of the film, in Prince Charming's dinner theater, coconuts are revealed to be the source of the sound effect for horses' hoof beats. This same joke was used in ''Monty Python and the Holy Grail'', which also starred John Cleese and Eric Idle. Idle walked out of the premiere and claimed to be considering suing the producers of ''Shrek'' for the unauthorized use of this gag, while the producers claim they were honouring Idle and Cleese by putting the part in.
 
 
The conservative ''Illinois Review'' blog criticized the inclusion of Doris the Ugly Stepsister, accusing the writers of including the character to "desensitize" children and parents to transgenderism.
 
 
== Satirical marketing effort[edit] ==
 
Adult Swim comedy team Tim and Eric, annoyed by the amount of advertisement they had witnessed in the months approaching the release of the film, decided to independently "promote" ''Shrek the Third'' in a series of internet videos as well as appearances on television and radio to encourage people to see the film.
 
 
== Sequel[edit] ==
 
Main article: Shrek Forever After
 
 
The film was followed by the sequel, ''Shrek Forever After'', which was released in theatres on May 21, 2010
 
 
 
 
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