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Shrek ★★★½ 2001 (PG)

Animated tale from DreamWorks about a grumpy green ogre, Shrek (Myers), who's upset when some annoying fairy types overrun his swamp. So he makes a deal with the local hotshot, Lord Farquaad (Lithgow), to save his home by rescuing Princess Fiona (Diaz) from a tower that's guarded by your notsobasic dragon type so Farquaad can marry her. Along as Shrek's unwelcome sidekick is a smartmouthed donkey (Murphy), who insists on helping the ogre out. This one has some eyepopping visuals as well as inside jokes (and digs at Disney) to keep the adults amused. Based (loosely) on the children's book by William Steig. 89m/C VHS, DVD . USD: Andrew Adamson, Victoria Jenson; W: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Roger S.H. Schulman, Joe Stillman; M: Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell; V: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, Kathleen Freeman, Conrad Vernon. Oscars '01: Animated Film; British Acad. '01: Adapt. Screenplay; L.A. Film Critics '01: Animated Film; Broadcast Film Critics '01: Animated Film.