"Shrek" Is Released

Shrek is a 2001 computer-animated American comedy film, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, and starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow.

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 filmmaking team behind "Shrek" takes the bare bones of William Stieg's children's book about an ogre who thinks filthiness is next to godliness and uses that as a taking-off point for a new animated film that rejoices in its own brand of perversity. Shrek (voiced by Myers) just wants to be alone. If he can deliver Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) for Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) to marry, Farquaad will ensure that Shrek's swamp is restored to its isolated status. Much of "Shrek" is scrappy, brash comedy, and the brio of the actors adds to the dynamism. The movie is a giggly cocktail, though it's more foam than drink, a return to the frothy riffing on pop culture that started back on Bugs Bunny's watch in the Vitaphone days. -- Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times