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A Previous Animated Presentation
at Friday Night Movies:


and the premiere of

On Durwood's Pond
An orignial animated short film
by Jackie Watson!

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Friday the 17th of January

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The greatest fairy tale never told
--Original tagline for Shrek

A scene from On Durwood's Pond


USA: 2001 -- Directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson
Written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman and Roger S.H. Schulman
Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow

This'll be fun. We'll stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning... I'm making waffles!
--Eddie Murphy as Donkey

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 Shrek 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. Shrek is never as warm and inspired as the Toy Story 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.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a magic mirror which will tell you all those uncomfortable truths.

donkey, Shrek, Fiona and Farquaad The Dragon!


Won Oscar for Best Animated Feature (first time category)

Won Saturn Award for Best DVD Special Edition Release

Won People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture

Won Annie Awards for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing, Musical Score, Effects Animation, Writing and Voice Acting by a Male Performer (Eddir Murphy) in an Animated Feature Production. Whew!

Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

More awards

Memorable Quotes

Pinocchio: I'm not a puppet! I'm a real boy! [nose grows]
Captain of Guards: Five schillings for the possessed toy. Take it away!

[about Snow White] Magic Mirror: Although she lives with seven other men, she's not easy

Donkey: You know what else everybody likes? Parfaits. Have you ever met a person, you say, "Let's get some parfait," they say, "No, I don't like no parfait"?

Princess Fiona: You didn't slay the dragon?!

Shrek: It's on my "to do" list. Now come on!
Princess Fiona: But this isn't right! You're meant to charge in, sword drawn, banner flying--that's what all the other knights did.
Shrek: Yeah, right before they burst into flame!

Donkey: Don't die, Shrek! And if you see any long tunnels, stay away from the light!

More quotes


Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek and even recorded the dialogue. However, after his death, the role was given to fellow Saturday Night Live performer, Mike Myers.

Computer animation production started on the project on 31 October 1996 and took more than four and a half years to complete. The principal actors never met each other. All read their parts separately, with a reader feeding them the lines.

In Yiddish, "Shrek" means monster (from the German for "terror" or "fright").

More trivia


Factual Errors: Lord Farquaad must marry a princess to become a king. The Magic Mirror offers him three choices: Cinderella, Snow White, and the movie's Princess Fiona. Cinderella, however, was not a princess until she married Prince Charming.

Continuity: Shrek and Donkey could not have made jokes about Lord Farquaad's height since they never saw him anywhere before except on a balcony. Shrek has never heard of him before, so cannot have known. (The producers acknowledge this oversight in the DVD commentary.)

More goofs

Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers as the Donkey and Shrek John Lithgow as the voice of Lord Farquaad