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Shrek is an animated movie based upon William Steigâ€™s 1990 fairy tale picture book called Shrek!. It was directed by Andrew Adamson and animated by DreamWorks Animation SKG in May 2001. It was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, a category introduced in 2001 . It was released on DVD on November 2, 2001. There have also been two sequels (follow-ups) of Shrek, called Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.
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The name Shrek likely comes from the Yiddish word ×©×¨×¢×§ (pronounced Shreck) or the German word Schreck. Both words mean â€œfearâ€ or â€œterror
The film stars Mike Myers as a large, strong, solitude-loving, intimidating ogre named Shrek (from the German word â€œSchreckâ€ meaning â€œterrorâ€ or Yiddish word ×©×¨×¢×§, meaning â€œfearâ€), Cameron Diaz as the beautiful but very down-to-earth and feisty Princess Fiona, Eddie Murphy as a talkative donkey named Donkey, and Lithgow as the villainous Lord Farquaad.
It was critically acclaimed as an animated film worthy of adult interest, with many adult-oriented jokes and themes but a simple enough plot and humor to appeal to children. It made notable use of pop musicâ€”the soundtrack includes music by Smash Mouth, Eels, Joan Jett, The Proclaimers, Jason Wade, The Baha Men, and Rufus Wainwright.
The film was extremely successful on release in 2001 and it helped establish DreamWorks as a prime competitor to Walt Disney Pictures in the field of feature film animation, particularly in computer animation. Furthermore, Shrek was made the mascot for the companyâ€™s animation productions.
Shrek was ranked second in a Channel 4 poll of the 100 greatest family films, losing out on the top spot to E.T..
In June 2008, the American Film Institute revealed its â€œTen top Tenâ€â€” the best ten films in ten â€œclassicâ€ American film genresâ€”after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Shrek was acknowledged as the 8th best film in the animated genre, and the only non-Disney-Pixar film on the top 10.[