The movie Shrek (2001) is an Academy Award winner, an animated feature film based upon William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book entitled Shrek. It was directed by New Zealander Andrew Adamson and Los Angeles artist Vicky Jenson and animated by DreamWorks Animation SKG in May 2001. Shrek was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, a category introduced in 2001. It was released on DVD and VHS on November 7, 2001.
The movie Shrek (2001) is about a green colored Ogre (voiced by Mike Myers) who lives in this dirty disgusting swamp which he calls his home. He loves peace and solitude, does not like to share yet he becomes friends with an annoying Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy) who keeps following him around till his swamp. There Shrek, the Ogre finds out that his swamp is filled with fairy tale creatures, a wolf in his bed, three homeless pigs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the lounge and many more. That is when he finds out that those fairy tale creatures were forced to come there under the order of Lord Farquaad (voiced by John Lithgow) who happens to be the king of a faraway land called Duloc. Shrek finds out that king and asks him to bring the entire fairy tale creatures back, in exchange of which Lord Farquaad offers him to rescue a princess from a castle being guarded by a giant Dragon.
Shrek takes the offer and along with the company of Donkey heads to save Princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz). On his way back he falls for Fiona, a beautiful yet down to Earth Princess. Donkey on his way back to the King’s castle finds out that Fiona is under a spell where she changes into an ugly Ogre when the sun goes down. She stays that way till the sun rises back again and that this curse would not go away till she has the kiss of her true love. Shrek over hears half of the story misunderstanding that Fiona does not like Ogre as he is just an ugly creature. He gets mad and brings the King to the pace they stayed at night handing over Fiona to the King and taking his swamp back. Donkey tries to explain but Shrek isn’t willing to listen. Later on Donkey follows Shrek to his home and tells him the truth. That is when Shrek goes to the castle to stop the wedding, there Fiona and Shrek have a kiss which turns Fiona into an Ogre too. Lord Faquaad seeing that asks his guard to lock them both in a dungeon and that is when Donkey and the Dragon from the castle, who happens to have a crush on Donkey, rescue Shrek and Fiona.
The movie Shrek (2001) is without a doubt the best entertaining, animated movie ever made. It is different from every fairy tale movie ever made or story book ever written. The humor in this movie would leave you laughing even after you have seen it a couple of times. The film is third on the Charts of “Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies”. The film became so successful that it helped DreamWorks establish an impression as a prime competitor of Walt Disney Pictures.