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Shrek

(2001)

Set in a strange, colorful land populated by fairy tale characters, SHREK is a hilarious comedy that will win over audiences of children and adults alike. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a fearsome green ogre living in isolation in his own cozy little swamp. He is not receptive to visitors, and fends off the occasional party of torch-wielding villagers with ease. But when the power-hungry Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) turns Shrek's swamp into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale characters (including some pesky dwarves, wolves, and fairies) Shrek's quiet, introverted life is ruined. Joined by the talkative Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek makes his way to Farquaad's realm of Duloc, where the Lord makes Shrek an offer: He will rid Shrek's land of the unwanted visitors if Shrek will go on a simple quest to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from her remote, dragon-guarded castle and convince her to marry Farquaad. On their quest, Shrek and Donkey run into a number of bizarre situations, and Shrek finds himself realizing that he isn't quite the fearsome monster he has always made himself out to be. Reinventing the traditional fairy tale adventure, SHREK features gorgeous computer animation, a unique sense of humor, and compelling characters--especially Eddie Murphy's lovable Donkey.

Hear Chris Farley as ‘Shrek’ in Long Lost Footage

Hear Chris Farley as ‘Shrek’ in Long Lost Footage

In 2001, Shrek became a phenomenon. It was a huge blockbuster that put DreamWorks Animation on the map. And it proved that animated family films could be just as fun for adults as children, if not more so. And Mike Myers was championed for his Scottish brogue as the title character. We almost can't image anyone else bringing this big green friendly monster to life. But it almost didn't happen that way. One of Mike Myers' Saturday Night Live co-stars was originally supposed to play the role. And now we get a taste of just how different it may have been.

Before his untimely death at the tender age of 33 years-old in December of 1997, comedian and movie star Chris Farley was chosen as the original voice of the Ogre Shrek in DreamWorks Animations upcoming family comedy adventure. The film was loosely based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book, and Chris Farley seemed like the perfect boisterous, yet childlike and playful persona to inhabit the swamp-dwelling do-gooder who was seen as a monster by most. And it would have been the role of a lifetime for him, as we get to see in a newly discovered story reel, where he actually lends his voice to the character for the first time.

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‘Shrek 5’ Will Happen Says DreamWorks Animation CEO

‘Shrek 5’ Will Happen Says DreamWorks Animation CEO

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is pretty confident that we'll see a fifth Shrek movie sometime in the future. For now, the franchise is taking a rest, but rest assured, everyone's favorite Ogre and his friends will return.

Shrek became a global phenomenon in 2001, and was followed by three sequels, Shrek 2 in 2004, Shrek the Third in 2007 and Shrek Forever After in 2010. There was also the 2011 spin-off Puss in Boots, a Broadway show and a handful of TV specials. It isn't quite clear when Shrek will be back on the big screen, but with a franchise gross of over $3 billion, it probably won't be long.

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‘Shrek’ Attraction Coming to London

‘Shrek’ Attraction Coming to London

Shrek's swamp is coming across the pond! In a new collaboration, Merlin Entertainments has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation to create a unique themed visitor attraction based on Shrek and his friends.

This landmark attraction, which will transport visitors through a live interactive adventure featuring Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots and other favorites from the beloved franchise, will see an initial roll-out of six attractions over nine years. The first attraction will open in London in the summer of 2015. This will be the first time that Merlin, Europe's largest and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, has worked with a Hollywood studio to create a scaleable branded entertainment experience based on a globally recognized entertainment franchise. This is also the first time that DreamWorks Animation, home to global entertainment franchises including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, will help to produce an attraction of this magnitude by licensing the use of its characters and stories.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Shrek: The Whole Story’ Blu-ray Special Features Clip

Shrek 2

Secrets of Shrek 2

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Talks ‘Shrek the Whole Story’ Blu-ray Box Set

DreamWorks Animation's Shrek films series has become the most popular and financially successful animated franchise in movie history. Not only has the entire series earned $2 billion worldwide and gone on to become the most successful animated franchise of all-time, but it is the fifth most successful film franchise of all-time, right behind Star Wars, Harry Potter, James Bond and Batman, respectively. Not to mention that the original Shrek won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated feature. While Shrek 2 is the most successful animated film in history domestically, Shrek Forever After is DreamWorks' highest grossing international film of all-time. Now on December 7th, fans will finally have a chance to bring the entire series home with them on Blu-ray, with the release of Shrek: The Whole Story Boxed Set.

Earlier this week, we had a rare opportunity to visit the DreamWorks Animation Studios in Glendale, California to learn more about the new collection, which includes all four films newly re-mastered and converted for Blu-ray. In addition to the four original theatrical films, the collection will also include an all-new holiday special called Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular. We began our visit to the studio in their digital dailies room, where each day filmmakers review and judge their own work to see what is good enough to make the cut. We had a chance to review some scenes from the original theatrical releases and then compare them with the same scenes on the brand new Blu-rays. You can really see the difference, and the new Blu-ray version is sharper, crisper and more colorful that its original counterpart.

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Check Out the New ‘Shrek Forever After’ Poster!

Also, Jeffrey Katzenberg says the original films will be converted to 3D.

Dreamworks Already Has ‘Shrek 4’ and ‘Shrek 5’ in the Works

Hundreds of artists are already working on the next two films.

‘Shrek’ Coming to Broadway as a Comedy Musical

Open auditions in New York this July for the roles of Shrek and Donkey.