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The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book, with the same name, consists of four computer-animated films including: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010). A short 3D film, Shrek 4-D, which originally was a theme park ride, was released in 2003. A spin-off project, the Christmas television special Shrek the Halls, premiered on ABC in the USA and worldwide in 2007 to successful ratings as well as another spin-off project, the Halloween television special Scared Shrekless, which premiered on NBC in the USA in 2010. A spin-off film titled Puss in Boots was released in October 2011.
In May 2010, The New York Times called the principal Shrek characters "brilliantly realized" and said "nearly a decade after the first Shrek film they remain as vital and engaging fusions of image, personality and voice as any characters in the history of animation."
The series was a great financial success, being the 8th highest-grossing franchise of all time, and the highest-grossing animated franchise.
Film series 
|Directed by||First two films:
|Produced by||First three films:
First two films:
John H. Williams
|Written by||First film:
Roger S. H. Schulman
|Screenplay by||Second film:
J. David Stern
David N. Weiss
Peter S. Seaman
|Story by||Second and third films:
|Music by||Harry Gregson-Williams
|Distributed by||First two films:
Third and Fourth films:
|Release date(s)||First film:
May 16, 2001
May 19, 2004
May 18, 2007
May 21, 2010
|Running time||First film:
Second and fourth films:
|Box office||$3,510,516,231 (all four Shrek films combined plus Puss In Boots)|
Shrek (2001) 
Shrek, a solitary ogre, finds a surprise when fairy tale creatures are sent to live in his swamp by the evil Lord Farquaad. Shrek befriends a talking Donkey, and the two set off to meet with Lord Farquaad. Lord Farquaad needs Princess Fiona to marry him so he will become king. So when Shrek and Donkey visit him, they are forced to rescue her from an enormous fire-breathing dragon. The Dragon turns out to be a girl, and she falls in love with Donkey. Donkey, Shrek, and Fiona escape, and Dragon chases them.
Once Shrek and Donkey rescue Fiona they take her back to Lord Farquaad. Along the way, however, Shrek falls in love with Fiona. Fiona reveals she is cursed to Donkey and turns into an ogress at night. The only way the curse can be broken is by true love's first kiss. Fiona and Farquaad have a marriage ceremony, but they are interrupted by Shrek, who tells Fiona he loves her. Donkey and Dragon enter and Dragon eats Lord Farquaad. Shrek and Fiona kiss, and Fiona turns into an ogress permanently. Shrek gets his swamp back, and the two marry there. After a karaoke party the two set off on their honeymoon.
Shrek 2 (2004) 
The second film opens with Prince Charming on a quest to rescue Princess Fiona from the Dragon. When he gets there, he finds the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood in Fiona's bed. He asks the wolf where Fiona is and the wolf tells him that she is on her honeymoon with Shrek. Once Shrek and Fiona return from their honeymoon, they find Donkey in the swamp who tells them he and Dragon are going through a rough patch. They then get invited to the land of Far Far Away by Fiona’s parents and who want to bless their marriage. When they arrive Shrek and Fiona aren’t what they expected. The evil Prince Charming and his mother, the Fairy Godmother, are trying to break up Shrek’s marriage by making Fiona fall in love with Prince Charming. However it doesn’t work and Shrek and Fiona stay together. Shrek and Donkey get a new sidekick called Puss in Boots. They have a lengthy quest to search the Fairy Godmother's cottage to get a love potion. At the end of the film, King Harold turns back into a frog.
Shrek the Third (2007) 
Shrek and Fiona are reluctantly reigning over Far, Far Away during King Harold's prolonged illness. The King promises that if they can find Fiona's cousin Artie, he will make him the next in line, so Shrek doesn't have to run the country after his death. As Shrek, Donkey and Puss set off to find Artie, Fiona reveals she is pregnant. Shrek is shocked as he believes he won't be a good father and will ruin his child's life. This is reinforced by his relationship with his father, 'he tried to eat me.' After finding Artie, Artie is frightened of being king, and they end up on an island where they meet Artie's former magic teacher, Merlin. Meanwhile Charming plots to overthrow Shrek and become king, but this is foiled by Shrek. The film ends with Shrek and Fiona caring for their ogre triplets and joined by Queen Lillian, Donkey, Dragon, The Dronkeys and Puss.
Shrek Forever After (2010) 
Shrek has become a domesticated family man, living happily with Princess Fiona and the triplets. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumplestiltskin is king, Puss is fat, Donkey doesn't know who Shrek is and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Shrek joins The Resistance and meets Fiona but she doesn't love him. Rumpelstiltskin sets bounty on Shrek and uses The Pied Piper, as a reward for finding Shrek, he offers a 'deal of a lifetime'. Shrek turns himself in and instead of asking for his life back, frees the captured ogres. The ogres then ambush the palace, and Shrek and Fiona battle Dragon. As the twenty four hours are almost up and Shrek lays dying, Fiona kisses him and everything reverts back to Shrek's universe. At the end, instead of storming out of the triplets birthday party Shrek kisses Fiona and appreciates all that he has, truly living happily forever after.
Cancelled fifth film 
Following the success of Shrek 2 in May 2004, Jeffrey Katzenberg revealed that the Shrek story had been outlined into five films almost from the beginning. "Before the first one was finished we talked about what the whole story of Shrek is, and each of the chapters answers questions about the first movie and gives us an insight," said Katzenberg, "Shrek 3 and 4 are going to reveal other unanswered questions and, finally, in the last chapter, we will understand how Shrek came to be in that swamp, when we meet him in the first movie." After the release of Shrek the Third in 2007, Katzenberg announced that the fifth film would be released in 2013.
In May 2009, DreamWorks Animation (DWA) announced that the fourth film's title would be Shrek Forever After, indicating that it would be the last in the Shrek series. Later that year, that was confirmed by Bill Damaschke, head of creative production at DWA, with him saying: "All that was loved about Shrek in the first film is brought to the final film."
Josh Klausner, one of the writers of Shrek Forever After, explained in 2010 the script's evolution: "When I first came onto the project, it wasn't supposed to be the final chapter — there were originally going to be 5 Shrek movies. Then, about a year into the development, Jeffrey Katzenberg decided that the story that we'd come up with was the right way for Shrek's journey to end..."
Short films 
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party 
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party is a 2001 3-minute musical short film, included on Shrek VHS and the Shrek 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. It takes up right after Shrek's ending, with film's characters performing a medley of modern pop songs.
Shrek 4-D 
Shrek 4-D, also known as Shrek 3-D, Shrek 4D Adventure, Shrek's Never Before Seen Adventure, and The Ghost of Lord Farquaad, is a 4-D film/ride at various theme parks around the world. It premiered in 2003 at Universal Studios Florida, and was released on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray. The short takes place right after the first Shrek film. Lord Farquaad returns from the dead to kidnap Princess Fiona and it is up to Shrek and Donkey to rescue her.
Far Far Away Idol 
Far Far Away Idol is a five-minute short, released in November 2004, as extra on the Shrek 2 DVD. It is based on American Idol and guest starring Simon Cowell. Taking place right after Shrek 2 ends, the characters from Shrek sing and dance popular songs, and at the end the viewer gets to pick the winner.
Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular 
Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular is a five-minute short released as a part of the holiday program Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular, which was released on December 7, 2010, with Shrek: The Whole Story box set and Shrek Forever After.
This short takes place in the Candy Apple, the new version of the Poison Apple. Donkey suggests everyone sing Christmas carols. Donkey sings "It's the Most Wonderful Time". Shrek, Fiona, the Ogre children, and the army of ogres sing an ogre version of "Jingle Bells" (such as "Bug Cocoon, Lick the spoon. Try our cricket slurp). Puss in Boots sings "Feliz Navidad", although he titles it "Fleas Navidad". Then everyone sings "Jingle Bell Rock" as "Fairy Tale Rock".
Thriller Night 
Thriller Night is a six-minute short film parody of Michael Jackson's music video Thriller. It was directed by Gary Trousdale, and released on September 13, 2011, on the Scared Shrekless DVD. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 28, 2012, as a part of Shrek's Thrilling Tales (Shrek's Spooky Stories).
Deceased characters such as Mongo, Prince Charming, Lord Farquaad, Fairy Godmother and King Harold in his frog form appear as zombies. A 3D version of the short was added in October 2011 to the Nintendo Video service for Nintendo 3DS owners.
The Pig Who Cried Werewolf 
The Pig Who Cried Werewolf is a six-minute 3D Halloween short film, directed by Gary Trousdale and released on October 4, 2011, for a limited time, exclusively on the Nintendo Video service on Nintendo 3DS. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 28, 2012, as a part of Shrek's Thrilling Tales (DreamWorks's Spooky Stories).
Television specials 
Shrek the Halls 
Shrek the Halls is a 22 minute television special, set shortly after the events of Shrek the Third (and before the events of Shrek Forever After) as Shrek and Fiona's children are still infants, that premiered on the American television network ABC on Wednesday, November 28, 2007.
Scared Shrekless 
Scared Shrekless is a 21 minute television special set shortly after the events of Shrek Forever After. Shrek challenges Donkey, Puss in Boots and his other fairy tale friends to spend the night in Lord Farquaad's haunted castle, telling scary stories to see who can resist becoming scared and stay the longest. The special premiered on the American television network NBC on Thursday, October 28, 2010.
Puss in Boots (2011) 
Puss in Boots is a computer-animated American action comedy film that was released on October 28, 2011. The film is based on and follows the character of Puss in Boots on his adventures with Kitty Softpaws and mastermind Humpty Dumpty before his first appearance in Shrek 2.
Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos 
Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos is a 13-minute CG animated short film, directed by Raman Hui, and was released on the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Puss in Boots on February 24, 2012. The short tells a story of Puss in Boots on a mission to recover princess' stolen ruby from the notorious French thief, Whisperer. Reluctantly accompanied by three little kittens, The Three Diablos, Puss must tame them before they endanger the mission.
Puss in Boots 2 (TBA) 
In November 2012, executive producer Guillermo del Toro said that a couple of drafts for a sequel were already done, and that the director Chris Miller wants to take Puss on an adventure to exotic places.
Despite the advances in computing power over the 2000s decade, the increasing usage of novel techniques like global illumination, physics simulation, and 3D demanded ever more CPU hours to render the films. DreamWorks Animation noticed that every Shrek film took roughly twice the CPU hours than the previous film and thus labelled this trend as the "Shrek's law". Similar to "Moore's law" the Shrek's law says, "The CPU render hours needed to complete production on a theatrical sequel will double compared to the amount of time needed on the previous film." In 2001, Shrek required approximately 5 million CPU render hours. In 2004, Shrek 2 required over 10 million CPU render hours. In 2007, Shrek the Third required over 20 million CPU render hours, and the 2010 3D release of Shrek Forever After demanded more than 50 million CPU render hours on behalf of rendering double amount of frames. Puss in Boots, which was released only one year after the previous Shrek film, utilized 63 million render hours.
Box office performance 
|United States||Foreign||Worldwide||All time domestic||All time worldwide|
|Shrek||May 18, 2001||$267,665,011||$216,744,207||$484,409,218||#60
|Shrek 2||May 19, 2004||$441,226,247||$478,612,511||$919,838,758||#8
|Shrek the Third||May 18, 2007||$322,719,944||$476,238,218||$798,958,162||#28
|Shrek Forever After||May 21, 2010||$238,736,787||$513,864,080||$752,600,867||#82||#46||$165,000,000|||
|Puss in Boots||October 28, 2011||$149,260,504||$405,448,722||$554,709,226||#237||#87||$130,000,000|||
Critical reception 
|Shrek||89% (176 reviews)||84 (34 reviews)|
|Shrek 2||89% (209 reviews)||75 (40 reviews)|
|Shrek the Third||41% (206 reviews)||58 (35 reviews)|
|Shrek Forever After||57% (188 reviews)||58 (35 reviews)|
|Puss in Boots||83% (139 reviews)||65 (24 reviews)|
Academy Awards 
|Shrek||Shrek 2||Shrek the Third||Shrek Forever After||Puss in Boots|
Cast and characters 
|Character||Theatrical films||Spin-offs||TV specials||Short films||Attractions|
|Shrek (2001)||Shrek 2 (2004)||Shrek the Third (2007)||Shrek Forever After (2010)||Puss in Boots (2011)||Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos (2012)||Shrek the Halls (2007)||Scared Shrekless (2010)||Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular (2010)||Thriller Night (2011)||The Pig Who Cried Werewolf (2011)||Shrek 4-D (2003)|
|Shrek||Mike Myers||Mike Myers||Michael Gough||Mike Myers|
|Fiona||Cameron Diaz||Cameron Diaz||Holly Fields||Cameron Diaz|
|Donkey||Eddie Murphy||Eddie Murphy||Dean Edwards||Eddie Murphy||Dean Edwards||Eddie Murphy|
|Puss in Boots||Antonio Banderas||André Sogliuzzo|
|Pinocchio||Cody Cameron||Cody Cameron||Cody Cameron|
|The Three Little Pigs||Cody Cameron||Cody Cameron||Cody Cameron
|Gingy||Conrad Vernon||Conrad Vernon||Conrad Vernon|
|Three Blind Mice||Christopher Knights
Simon J. Smith
|Christopher Knights||Christopher Knights||Christopher Knights
Simon J. Smith
|Big Bad Wolf||Aron Warner||Aron Warner||Cameo|
|Dragon||Frank Welker||Frank Welker||Frank Welker|
|Farquaad||John Lithgow||John Lithgow
|Cameo in end credits||Mentioned only||Sean Bishop||John Lithgow|
|Magic Mirror||Chris Miller||Chris Miller||Chris Miller|
|Thelonious||Christopher Knights||Cameo in end credits||Brentley Gore||Christopher Knights|
|Dronkeys||Frank Welker||Frank Welker||Frank Welker|
|Prince Charming||Mentioned only||Rupert Everett||Cameo in end credits||Sean Bishop||Sean Bishop|
|Queen Lillian||Julie Andrews||Cameo|
|King Harold||John Cleese||Sean Bishop|
|Doris||Larry King (US)
Jonathan Ross (UK)
|Snow White||Cameo||Mentioned only||Amy Poehler||Cameo in end credits|
|Cinderella||Cameo||Mentioned only||Amy Sedaris||Cameo in end credits|
|Pied Piper||Cameo||Jeremy Steig||Jeremy Steig|
|Sleeping Beauty||Cameo||Cheri Oteri||Cameo in end credits|
|Captain Hook||Tom Waits||Ian McShane||Voice in Soundtrack||Ian McShane|
|Fairy Godmother||Jennifer Saunders||Mentioned only||Cameo in end credits||Pinky Turzo|
|Mongo||Conrad Vernon||Conrad Vernon|
|Ogre Babies||Jordan Alexander Hauser
Dante James Hauser
Jasper Johannes Andrews
Zachary James Bernard
|Jasper Johannes Andrews
Miles Christopher Bakshi
Nina Zoe Bakshi
|Miles Christopher Bakshi
Nina Zoe Bakshi
Dante James Hauser
|Miles Christopher Bakshi
Nina Zoe Bakshi
|Rumpelstiltskin||Conrad Vernon||Walt Dohrn||Walt Dohrn|
|Artie||Justin Timberlake||Deleted Scenes|
|Rapunzel||Mentioned only||Maya Rudolph|
|Sir Lancelot||John Krasinski|
|Kitty Softpaws||Salma Hayek|
|Humpty Dumpty||Zach Galifianakis||Cameo|
|Jack||Billy Bob Thornton|
- Note: A gray cell indicates character did not appear in that medium.
Video games 
- Shrek: Hassle at the Castle
- Shrek: Extra Large
- Shrek: Super Party
- Shrek 2
- Shrek Super Slam
- Shrek Smash n' Crash Racing
- Shrek the Third
- Shrek n' Roll
- Shrek Forever After
- Super Star Kartz
Shrek the Musical is a musical based on the first film of the franchise. After a try-out in Seattle, Washington, it began performances on Broadway from November 8, 2008, before opening on December 14. Despite mixed reviews, the musical received eight Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. At the time, the most expensive musical on Broadway ran for over a year and closed, at a loss, on January 3, 2010, after 478 performances.
A re-imagined version of the show ran as a tour of the United States from July 2010 to July 2011. The second tour launched under two months later. A West End production opened in London, UK in June 2011, to positive reviews. It received five Laurence Olivier Award nominations including Best New Musical. A differently staged production ran in Israel in 2010, with international productions running since 2011 in Poland and Spain, and since 2012 in France. The show is soon to premiere in Brazil, Italy, Australia, and Philippines in 2012.
On Broadway, the title role was originated by Brian d'Arcy James, while Nigel Lindsay creates the role for the West End incarnation. Other notable performances include Amanda Holden (West End), Sutton Foster (Broadway) and Kimberley Walsh (West End) as Princess Fiona, Christopher Sieber (Broadway) and Nigel Harman (West End) as Lord Farquaad, and John Tartaglia (Broadway) as Pinocchio.
Dark Horse Comics released in 2003 three 32-page full color comic books featuring Shrek, Donkey and Fiona - Shrek #1, Shrek #2 and Shrek #3. The comics were written by Mark Evanier and illustrated by Ramon Bachs and Raul Fernandez.
Ape Entertainment has also released under KiZoic label five full color comic books - a 52-page prequel to Shrek Forever After titled Shrek (2010), and four 32-page books: Shrek #1 (2010), Shrek #2 (2010), Shrek #3 (2011) and Shrek #4 (2011).
Themed land 
Shrek's Faire Faire Away is one of the three areas at the DreamWorks Experience themed land at the Australian theme park Dreamworld. It opened in 2012 and it consists of a fixed arm, rotating plane ride Dronkey Flyers, a kite flyer Gingy's Glider, a swing ride Puss in Boots Sword Swing and a carousel Shrek's Ogre-Go-Round.
In order of the Shrek franchise history:
- Puss in Boots (2011)
- Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos (2012)
- Puss in Boots 2 (TBA)
- Shrek (2001)
- Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party (2001)
- Shrek 4-D (2003)
- Shrek 2 (2004)
- Far Far Away Idol (2004)
- Shrek the Third (2007)
- Shrek the Halls (2007)
- Shrek Forever After (2010)
- Scared Shrekless (2010)
- Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular (2010)
- Thriller Night (2011)
- The Pig Who Cried Werewolf (2011)
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