William Steig's delightfully fractured fairy tale is the right stuff for this computer-animated adaptation full of verve and wit. Our title character (voiced by Mike Myers) is an agreeable enough ogre who wants to live his days in peace. When the diminutive Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) evicts local fairy-tale creatures (including the now-famous Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and the Gingerbread Man), they settle in the ogre's swamp and Shrek wants answers from Farquaad. A quest of sorts starts for Shrek and his new pal, a talking donkey (Eddie Murphy), where battles have to be won and a princess (Cameron Diaz) must be rescued from a dragon lair in a thrilling action sequence. The story is stronger than most animated fare, but it's the humor that makes
i Shrek
i0 a winner. The PG rating is stretched when Murphy and Myers hit their strides. The mild potty humor is fun enough for 10-year-olds but will never embarrass their parents.
i Shrek
i0 is never as warm and inspired as the
i Toy Story
i0 films, but the realistic computer animation and a rollicking soundtrack keep the entertainment in fine form. Produced by DreamWorks, the film also takes several delicious stabs at its crosstown rival, Disney.
i --Doug Thomas

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upc: 9780783263144
title: Shrek
theatricalDate: 19-06-2001
stars: Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Cameron Diaz
John Lithgow
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Dreamworks Animated
published: 02-11-2001
price: $29.98
net Rating: 4.5
MPAA Rating: PG
minutes: 93
number of media: 2
last lookup time: 204001088
genre: Animation
7-9 Years
10-12 Years
Adapted from Books
Family Films
Daring Rescues
Heroic Missions
Eddie Murphy
Computer Animation
Feature Films
Fairy Tales
Special Editions
fullTitle: Shrek (Two-Disc Special Edition)
features: Animated
DTS Surround Sound
edition: Two-Disc Special
director: Andrew Adamson
Vicky Jenson
currentValue: $7.50
created: 204001088
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B00003CXXJ