Synopsis: When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret.
Production: Dreamworks
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 60 nominations.
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90 min

Once upon a time, a long time ago,

a king and queen had a

beautiful daughter named Fiona.

But she was possessed

by a terrible curse.

By day, a lovely princess.

By night, a hideous ogre.

Only true love's kiss

could lift her curse.

So Fiona waited in a tower,

guarded by a dragon, until the day

when her true love would arrive.

But as the days turned into years,

the King and Queen were forced

to resort to more desperate measures.

Whoa, there.

I don't know about this, Lillian.

Fairy Godmother said only true love's

kiss could break Fiona's curse.

I don't trust that woman, Harold.

This may be our last hope.

Besides, he does come

highly recommended by King Midas.

But to put our daughter's life

in the hands of this... person?

He's devious.

He's deceitful. He's, he's...


Mrs. Highness.

How do you do?

Down, Fifi. Get down!

As you can see, everything's in order.

So you'll put an end

to our daughter's curse?

And, in return, you sign the kingdom

of Far Far Away over to me.

- Lillian, this is madness!

- What choice do we have?

Fiona has been locked away

in that tower far too long.

It's not like she's getting any younger.

But to sign over our entire kingdom?

Well, if your kingdom's worth

more to you than your daughter...

Nothing is worth more to us

than our daughter.

Jump, Fifi, jump!

Just sign it and all your problems

will disappear.

Your Highness! The Princess!

She's been saved!

Who saved her?

No one would have guessed

that an ogre named Shrek,

whose roar was feared

throughout the land,

would save the beautiful Princess Fiona.

True love's kiss led to marriage

and ogre babies!

The kingdom of Far Far Away

was finally at peace.

Goody for them!

And they lived happily ever after!

Sir? You're gonna

have to pay for that.

Maybe we could make a deal

for it, little boy?

- Oh, I'm not a real boy.

- Do you want to be?

Nobody needs your deals

anymore, Grumpel Stinkypants!

I wish that ogre was never born!

Wake up, Daddy, wake up!

- Good morning.

- Good morning to you.

Better out than in.

That's my line.

Did my little Fergus make a...

...big, grownup ogre stink?!

Oh, that's diabolical!

And on your left, the lovable lug

that showed us you don't have to

change your undies

to change the world!

I wonder what Shrek's up to in there.

Get in there. Get...

Impossible to put on!

OK, the dragon goes under the bridge,

through the loop...

...and finally, into the castle.

Play date!

Then Shrek kissed the Princess.

She turned into a beautiful ogre

and they lived...


- Ever...

- After.

Look! A shooting star!

So, what did you wish for?

That every day could be like this one.

Come here, you.

Morning, Daddy.


Better out than in.

Did my little Fergus make a...

Cute. Real cute.

This lovable lug taught us

you don't have to change

your undies to change the world!

Play date!

Shrek! The outhouse is clogged up!

She turned into a beautiful ogre

and they lived...

- Happily...

- Ever...


- Daddy, get up!

- Morning.

- Better out than in.

- This lovable lug...

- Play date!

- No!

Outhouse again!

Come on.



- Get up, get up!

- And they lived...

- Happily...

- Ever...



Nice landing, baby.

Hey! Now remember, don't eat the valet.

Happy birthday, nios!

Vamos a la fiesta!

Hey, Shrek, Shrek!

Mr. Shrek, would you

sign our pitchforks?

And our torches?

Oh, man, you used to be so fierce!

Yeah, when you were a real ogre!

A real ogre?

Shrek, it's a sing-along.

You've got to sing along!

- No, thanks.

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William Steig

William Steig (November 14, 1907 – October 3, 2003) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, and, in his later life, an illustrator and writer of children's books. Best known for the picture books Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Abel's Island, and Doctor De Soto, he was also the creator of Shrek!, which inspired the film series of the same name. He was the U.S. nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards, as a children's book illustrator in 1982 and a writer in 1988. more…

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