First edition cover
|Cover artist||William Steig|
|Publisher||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Publication date||October 17, 1990|
|Media type||Print (Paperback and Hardcover)|
|Preceded by||Spiny Sulks|
|Followed by||Alpha Beta Chowder|
Shrek! is a picture book written and illustrated in 1990 by William Steig about a young ogre who finds the ogre of his dreams when he leaves home to see the world. The name "Shrek" is derived from the German Schreck (Yiddish שרעק) meaning "fear" or "fright." The book served as the basis for the popular Shrek film series over a decade after its publication.
Steven Spielberg acquired the rights for the book in 1991, planning to produce a traditionally animated film based on the book. However, around the time DreamWorks was founded, producer John H. Williams brought the book to DreamWorks, and co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg was interested in the concept. As a result, DreamWorks ended up acquiring the rights for the book in 1995, and Katzenberg quickly put the film in active development.
Shrek was released in May 2001, starring the voice talents of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz. (Chris Farley had originally been cast to voice the title character in the film, but died before being able to complete the project in 1997; DreamWorks then recast the role to Mike Myers.) The film was an immediate commercial and critical success, and won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Following the film's success, DreamWorks produced a sequel, Shrek 2, which was released in May 2004 and also an instant success. This was followed by two more sequels: Shrek the Third (released in May 2007) and Shrek Forever After (released in May 2010).
Spin-offs of the Shrek film series include the holiday specials Shrek the Halls (2007) and Scared Shrekless (2010); a musical adaption; and the film Puss in Boots (released in November 2011), a spin-off prequel starring the character of the same name who appears in the Shrek franchise.
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