Shrek!

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Shrek!
Shrekcover.jpg
First edition cover
Author William Steig
Cover artist William Steig
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
October 17, 1990[1]
Media type Print (Paperback and Hardcover)
Pages 30
ISBN 978-0-374-36877-7
OCLC 22497777
LC Class PZ7.S8177 Sh 1990[2]

Shrek! is a picture book written and illustrated in 1990 by American cartoonist William Steig about a repugnant and monstrous ogre who leaves home to see the world and ends up saving a princess.[3] The name "Shrek" is derived from the Yiddish and German Schreck (Yiddish שרעק) meaning "fear" or "fright".[citation needed] The book served as the basis for the popular Shrek film series over a decade after its publication.

Development[edit]

Shrek! is a picture book written and illustrated by American cartoonist William Steig in 1990. The name "Shrek" is derived from the Yiddish and German Schreck (Yiddish שרעק) meaning "fear" or "fright".[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

The story features a repugnant and monstrous ogre who leaves home to see the world and ends up saving a princess.

Awards[edit]

Adaptations[edit]

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 on 18 May 2001, starring the voice talents of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz. The film was an immediate commercial and critical success, and won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The film's triumph ultimately led to the releases of three sequels: Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010).

Spin offs of the Shrek film series include the holiday specials Shrek the Halls (November 2007) and Scared Shrekless (October 2010); a musical adaptation (2008); and the film Puss in Boots (released in November 2011), a spin off prequel starring the franchise's character of the same name.

Shrek! was also used in the movie Indian Summer. It was spoken by Kevin Pollak, Bill Paxton, Matt Craven and Kimberly Williams, and was an insider's reference to a "camp gag or joke."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Day, Patrick Kevin (May 20, 2010). "Shrek – Hollywood Star Walk". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Shrek!" (first edition). LC Online Catalog. Library of Congress (lccn.loc.gov). Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  3. ^ Shrek!. Macmillan. 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2010.