Shrek is a 2001 American animated comedy film directed
by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson and starring the voices of Mike
Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. Loosely based
on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek!, the film
was produced by DreamWorks Animation. Shrek was the first film to
win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, a category introduced
in 2001. It was released on VHS and DVD on November 2, 2001.
The film stars Mike Myers as a big, strong, solitude-loving, intimidating
ogre named Shrek. Shrek also features Cameron Diaz as the beautiful
but very down-to-earth and feisty Princess Fiona, Eddie Murphy as
the talkative Donkey, and John Lithgow as the villain Lord Farquaad.
The film was commercially successful on release in 2001 and it helped
establish DreamWorks as a prime competitor to Pixar in the field
of feature film animation, particularly in computer animation. The
film's success also made Dreamworks Animation create three sequels:
Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After. There was also
a Christmas special called Shrek The Halls and a Halloween special
called Scared Shrekless. Furthermore, Shrek was made the mascot
for the company's animation productions. 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 popular music; the soundtrack includes
music by Smash Mouth, Eels, Joan Jett, The Proclaimers, Jason Wade,
The Baha Men, and John Cale (covering Leonard Cohen) .....