Shrek (franchise)

Shrek (franchise)
Shrek film series

2007 poster of characters from the Shrek universe
Directed by Andrew Adamson (1–2)
Chris Miller (Shrek the Third)
Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After)
Based on Shrek! by
William Steig
Starring Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
Antonio Banderas
Julie Andrews
Music by Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After:
Harry Gregson-Williams
John Powell
Editing by Michael Andrews
Sim Evan-Jones
Studio DreamWorks Animation
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures (2001–2004)
Paramount Pictures (2007–2010)
Release date(s) May 18, 2001 (2001-05-18)
02004-05-21 May 21, 2004
(Shrek 2)
02007-05-18 May 18, 2007
(Shrek the Third)
02010-05-21 May 21, 2010
(Shrek Forever After)
Running time 371 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $535,000,000
Box office $2,953,370,449

The Shrek film series from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book, Shrek!, consists of four computer-animated films including: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010). A short 3D film, Shrek 4-D, which originally was a theme park ride, was released in 2003. A spin-off project, the Christmas television special Shrek the Halls, premiered on ABC in the USA and worldwide in 2007 to successful ratings as well as another spin-off project, the Halloween television special Scared Shrekless, which premiered on NBC in the USA in 2010. A spin-off film entitled Puss in Boots was released in October 2011.

In May 2010, The New York Times called the principal Shrek characters "brilliantly realized" and said "nearly a decade after the first Shrek film they remain as vital and engaging fusions of image, personality and voice as any characters in the history of animation."[1]

The film series has been a great financial success, with the films collectively being the fifth highest-grossing film series of all-time (behind Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars, and Pirates of the Caribbean), and the highest-grossing animated franchise.


Film series

Shrek (2001)

Shrek (Mike Myers), a solitary ogre, finds a surprise when fairy tale creatures are sent to live in his swamp by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Shrek befriends a talking Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and the two set off to meet with Lord Farquaad. Lord Farquaad needs Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) to marry him so that he will become king. So when Shrek and Donkey visit him, they are forced to rescue her from an enormous fire-breathing dragon. The Dragon turns out to be a girl, and she falls in love with Donkey. Donkey, Shrek, and Fiona escape, and Dragon chases them.

Once Shrek and Donkey rescue Fiona they take her back to Lord Farquaad. Along the way, however, Shrek falls in love with Fiona. Fiona reveals she is cursed and turns into an ogress at night. The only way the curse can be broken is by true love's first kiss. Fiona and Farquaad have a marriage ceremony, but they are interrupted by Shrek, who tells Fiona he loves her. Donkey and Dragon enter and Dragon eats Lord Farquaad. Shrek and Fiona kiss, and Fiona turns into an ogress permanently. Shrek gets his swamp back, and the two marry there. After a karaoke party the two set off on their honeymoon while ginger bread man says "God bless us, every one!", referring to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Shrek 2 (2004)

The second film opens with Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) on a quest to rescue Princess Fiona from the Dragon. When he gets there he finds the wolf (Aron Warner) from Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs in Fiona’s bed. He asks the wolf where Fiona is and the wolf tells him that she is on her honeymoon with Shrek (Mike Myers). Once Shrek and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) return from their honeymoon, they find Donkey (Eddie Murphy) in the swamp who tells them he and Dragon are going through a rough patch. They then get invited to the land of Far Far Away by Fiona’s parents (John Cleese and Julie Andrews) who want to bless their marriage. When they arrive Shrek and Fiona aren’t what they expected. The evil Prince Charming and his mother, the Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), are trying to break up Shrek’s marriage by making Fiona fall in love with Prince Charming. However it doesn’t work and Shrek and Fiona stay together. Shrek and Donkey get a new sidekick called Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas). They have a lengthy quest to search the Fairy Godmother's cottage to get a love potion. At the end of the film, King Harold turns back into a frog.

Shrek the Third (2007)

Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are reluctantly reigning over Far, Far Away during King Harold's (John Cleese) prolonged illness. The King promises that if they can find Fiona's cousin Artie (Justin Timberlake), he will make him the next in line, so Shrek doesn't have to run the country after his death. As Shrek, Donkey and Puss set off to find Artie, Fiona reveals she is pregnant. Shrek is shocked as he believes he won't be a good father and will ruin his child's life. This is reinforced by his relationship with his father, 'he tried to eat me.' After finding Artie, Artie is frightened of being king, and they end up on an island where they meet Artie's former magic teacher, Merlin (Eric Idle). Meanwhile Charming (Rupert Everett) plots to overthrow Shrek and become king, but this is foiled by Shrek after during the play Charming created is killed. The film ends with Shrek and Fiona caring for their ogre triplets and joined by Queen Lillian, Donkey, Dragon, The Dronkeys and Puss.

Shrek Forever After (2010)

Shrek (Mike Myers) has become a domesticated family man, living happily with Princess Fiona and the triplets. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumplestiltskin is king, Puss is fat, Donkey doesn't know who Shrek is and Shrek and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) have never met. Shrek joins The Resistance and meets Fiona but she doesn't love him. Rumpelstiltskin sets bounty on Shrek and uses The Pied Piper, as a reward for finding Shrek, he offers a 'deal of a lifetime'. Shrek turns himself in and instead of asking for his life back, he frees the captured ogres and the ogres ambush the palace, and Shrek and Fiona battle Dragon. As the twenty four hours are almost up and Shrek lays dying, Fiona kisses him and everything reverts back to Shrek's universe. At the end, Shrek instead of storming out of the triplets birthday party, he kisses Fiona and appreciates all he has, the Shrek book closes and back at the swamp as Shrek puts the book away he has a party with all his friends and family.

Short films

Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party

Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party is a 2001 3-minute musical short film, included on Shrek VHS and the Shrek 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. It takes up right after the Shrek's ending, with film's characters performing a medley of modern pop songs.[2]

Shrek 4-D

Shrek 4-D, also known as Shrek 3-D (2003) and Shrek 4D Adventure, is a 3-D film/ride at various Universal Studios Theme Parks around the world.

Far Far Away Idol

Far Far Away Idol is a 5 minute short, released in November, 2004, as extra on the Shrek 2 DVD. It is based on American Idol and guest starring Simon Cowell. Taking place right after Shrek 2 ends, the characters from Shrek sing and dance popular songs, and at the end the viewer gets to pick the winner.

Shrek the Halls

Shrek the Halls is a 22 minute television special, set shortly after the events of Shrek the Third (and before the events of Shrek Forever After) as Shrek and Fiona's children are still infants, that premiered on the American television network ABC on Wednesday, November 28, 2007.

Scared Shrekless

Scared Shrekless is a 21 minute television special set shortly after the events of Shrek Forever After. Shrek challenges Donkey, Puss in Boots and his other fairy tale friends to spend the night in Lord Farquaad's haunted castle, telling scary stories to see who can resist becoming scared and stay the longest. The special premiered on the American television network NBC on Thursday, October 28, 2010.

Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular

Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular is a 5 minute short released as a part of the holiday program Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular, which was released on December 7, 2010, with Shrek: The Whole Story box-set and Shrek Forever After.[3]

This short takes place in the "Candy Apple", the new version of the "Poison Apple". Donkey suggests everyone sing Christmas carols. Donkey sings "It's the Most Wonderful Time". Shrek, Fiona, the Ogre children, and the army of ogres sing an ogre version of "Jingle Bells" (i.e. "Bug Cocoon, Lick the spoon. Try our cricket slurp). Puss in Boots sings "Feliz Navidad", although he titles it "Fleas Navidad". Then everyone sings "Jingle Bell Rock", but they title it "Fairy Tale Rock".

Thriller Night

Thriller Night is a 6 minute short film parody of Michael Jackson's music video Thriller. [4] It was directed by Gary Trousdale, and released on September 13, 2011, on the Scared Shrekless DVD.[5] Deceased characters such as Mongo,Rumplestiltskin, Prince Charming, Lord Farquaad, Fairy Godmother, Captain Hook and King Harold in his frog form appear as zombies.

The Pig Who Cried Werewolf

The Pig Who Cried Werewolf is a 6-minute 3D Halloween short film, directed by Gary Trousdale[6] and released on October 4, 2011,[7] for a limited time, exclusively on the Nintendo Video service on Nintendo 3DS.[8]

Three Little Pigs find themselves in trouble when they ignore the warning signs of a new neighbour moving in next door who takes on a ferocious form during a full moon.[7]


Puss in Boots (2011)

Puss in Boots is an computer-animated American feature-film that was released on October 28, 2011. The film is based on and follows the character of Puss in Boots on his adventures with Kitty Softpaws and mastermind Humpty Dumpty before his first appearance in Shrek 2.


Box office

Film Release date Revenue Rank Budget Reference
United States Outside United States Worldwide All time United States All time worldwide
Shrek May 18, 2001 (2001-05-18) $267,665,011 $216,744,207 $484,409,218 #51
#94 $60,000,000 [9]
Shrek 2 May 19, 2004 (2004-05-19) $441,226,247 $478,612,511 $919,838,758 #5
#16 $150,000,000 [10]
Shrek the Third May 18, 2007 (2007-05-18) $322,719,944 $476,238,218 $798,958,162 #23
#29 $160,000,000 [11]
Shrek Forever After May 21, 2010 (2010-05-21) $238,736,787 $513,864,080 $752,600,867 #72
#39 $165,000,000 [12]
Total $1,270,347,989 $1,685,459,016 $2,955,807,005 $535,000,000


Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Overall Cream of the Crop
Shrek 89% (175 reviews)[13] 86% (36 reviews)[14] 84 (34 reviews)[15]
Shrek 2 89% (210 reviews)[16] 88% (40 reviews)[17] 75 (40 reviews)[18]
Shrek the Third 41% (203 reviews)[19] 49% (39 reviews)[20] 58 (35 reviews)[21]
Shrek Forever After 57% (182 reviews)[22] 41% (32 reviews)[23] 58 (35 reviews)[24]
Average Ratings 69% 66% 69

Cast and characters

Character Shrek films and Spin offs
Shrek (2001) Shrek 4-D (2003) Shrek 2 (2004) Shrek the Third (2007) Shrek the Halls (2007) Shrek Forever After (2010) Scared Shrekless (2010) Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular (2010) Thriller Night (2011) The Pig Who Cried Werewolf (2011) Puss in Boots (2011)
Shrek Mike Myers  
Fiona Cameron Diaz  
Pinocchio Cody Cameron  
The Three Little Pigs Cody Cameron  
Gingy Conrad Vernon  
Donkey Eddie Murphy Dean Edwards Eddie Murphy  
The Three Blind Mice Mike Myers
Simon J. Smith
Christopher Knights
Christopher Knights  
The Big Bad Wolf Aron Warner Cameo Aron Warner
Puss in Boots   Antonio Banderas   Antonio Banderas
Dragon Frank Welker  
Lord Farquaad John Lithgow   John Lithgow   Cameo Mentioned Only   John Lithgow  
Magic Mirror Chris Miller   Chris Miller  
Thelonious Christopher Knights   Cameo   Christopher Knights  
Dronkeys   Frank Welker  
Prince Charming Mentioned Only   Rupert Everett   Cameo Sean Bishop   Rupert Everett  
Queen Lillian   Julie Andrews   Julie Andrews   Julie Andrews  
King Harold   John Cleese   John Cleese   John Cleese  
Doris   Larry King/Jonathan Ross   Larry King/Jonathan Ross   Larry King  
Snow White Cameo   Mentioned Only Amy Poehler   Cameo  
Cinderella Cameo   Mentioned Only Amy Sedaris   Cameo  
Pied Piper Cameo   Jeremy Steig   Jeremy Steig  
Sleeping Beauty   Cameo Cheri Oteri   Cameo  
Captain Hook   Tom Waits Ian McShane   Voice in Soundtrack   Ian McShane  
Fairy Godmother   Jennifer Saunders Mentioned Only   Cameo   Jennifer Saunders  
Mongo   Conrad Vernon   Conrad Vernon  
Ogre Babies   Jordan Alexander Hauser
Dante James Hauser
Jasper Johannes Andrews
Zachary James Bernard
Miles Christopher Bakshi
Nina Zoe Bakshi
Dante James Hauser
Jasper Johannes Andrews
Ollie Mitchell
Miles Christopher Bakshi
Nina Zoe Bakshi
Miles Christopher Bakshi
Nina Zoe Bakshi
Rumpelstiltskin   Conrad Vernon   Walt Dohrn   Walt Dohrn Walt Dohrn  
Artie   Justin Timberlake    
Rapunzel   Mentioned Only Maya Rudolph  
Merlin   Eric Idle  
Sir Lancelot   John Krasinski  
Mabel   Regis Philbin   Regis Philbin   Regis Philbin  
Bookstore Clerk   Marissa Jaret Winokur  
Kitty   Salma Hayek
Humpty Dumpty   Cameo   Zach Galifianakis
Note: A gray cell indicates character did not appear in that medium.

Video games


Shrek the Musical is a musical based on the first film of the franchise. After a run in Seattle, Washington, it began performances on Broadway from November 8, 2008, before opening on December 14. Despite mixed reviews, the musical received eight Tony Award nominations including Best Musical as well as twelve Drama Desk Awards nominations, ten Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, and three Drama League Award nominations. The Broadway production ran for over a year and closed, at a loss, on January 3, 2010, after 478 performances.

A re-imagined version of the show ran as a tour of the United States from July 2010 to July 2011. The second tour launched under two months later. A West End production opened in London, UK in June 2011, to positive reviews. A differently staged production ran in Israel in 2010, with international productions currently running in Poland and Spain, both of which opened in 2011. The show is soon to premiere in Brazil, Italy, France and Australia in the coming years.

On Broadway, the title role was originated by Brian d'Arcy James, while Nigel Lindsay creates the role for the West End incarnation. Other notable performances include Amanda Holden (West End), Sutton Foster (Broadway) and Kimberley Walsh (West End) as Princess Fiona, Christopher Sieber (Broadway) and Nigel Harman (West End) as Lord Farquaad, and John Tartaglia (Broadway) as Pinocchio.

Themed land

Far Far Away is one of the seven themed lands in Universal Studios Singapore, and it consists of many locations from the Shrek franchise, including the 40-metre tall Far Far Away Castle.

See also


  1. ^ Stephen Holden (May 21, 2010). "I’m Green and the Kids Are a Pain, but It’s a Wonderful Life, Donkey". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  2. ^ Jacobson, Colin. "Shrek: Special Edition (2001)". DVD Movie Guide. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ "For The First Time Ever, All Four Films From The Biggest Animated Film Franchise in History Arrive Together on BLU-RAY Disc Including The Celebrated Final Chapter, Shrek Forever After" (Press release). DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.. 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Scared Shrekless and Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Halloween Party Double Pack". DreamWorks Animation via August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Scared Shrekless (2010)". Amazon. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ Takao (October 6, 2011). "DreamWorks brings Shrek and Monsters Vs. Aliens shorts to Nintendo 3DS". ToonBarn. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "The Pig Who Cried Werewolf at Nintendo". Nintendo. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "ADDING MULTIMEDIA DreamWorks Animation, 3net, Blue Man Group Provide 3D Videos for Nintendo 3DS". DreamWorks Animation via Business Wire. October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Shrek (2001)". Box Office Mojo. 
  10. ^ "Shrek 2 (2004)". Box Office Mojo. 
  11. ^ "Shrek the Third (2007)". Box Office Mojo. 
  12. ^ "Shrek Forever After (2010)". Box Office Mojo. 
  13. ^ "Shrek". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  14. ^ "Shrek". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  15. ^ "Shrek (2001): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  16. ^ "Shrek 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  17. ^ "Shrek 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  18. ^ "Shrek 2 (2004): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  19. ^ "Shrek the Third". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  20. ^ "Shrek the Third". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  21. ^ "Shrek the Third (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  22. ^ "Shrek Forever After". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  23. ^ "Shrek Forever After". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  24. ^ "Shrek Forever After (2010): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 

External links

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