It! (contains spoiler)
I loved this show. I saw it with my 30 year old son, his
girlfriend and his 5 year old daughter. The animation
was excellent, very colorful and lifelike. But the story
itself was very captivating and charming. It was nice
to see the Ogre win the love of a princess who turned
out to be charming either pretty or as an ogre.
It looks like the millenium has come to fairytale town.
A new look, very funny and captivating. Ugly is in!
We walked out feeling our money was well spent and we
did nto waste the afternoon. That means it was a great
movie!!! ~ Sally DiVecchia
My family, my wife and our two pre-teen girls, saw Shrek
this evening. The passing gas humor while tasteless was
not overly offensive. It was a blatant attempt at getting
a laugh appealing to the lowest common denominator for humor
[I would think that DreamWorks would have been above that;
I was wrong]. What I did find offensive and very disturbing
is the totally pointless use of inappropriate and foul language.
If DreamWorks was seeking for the shock value of such language,
you achieved that end.
is one thing to be exposed to Eddie Murphy in a night
club setting where such language is not only common, but
expected. It is quite another to have it present in what
otherwise is an attempt at a family oriented movie. The
language detracted from what would otherwise have been
a clever movie. You have fallen short.
a product of the 50s and 60s. The humor of Moms Mabley
and Redd Foxx was brilliant. But it was not suitable for
children, nor was it ever touted in that manner. Much
the same has to be said for Eddie Murphy. In the proper
venue he is brilliant. But ad-libbing and/or scripted
coarse and foul language as used in Shrek is not
suitable for children. Anyone with an understanding of
the movie's appeal to children should have realized that
as the film was being edited and prepared for release.
My only conclusion is that it was done in a premeditated
manner to both shock and offend.
had a long talk with my girls about the inappropriate
use of language that was present in your film. My daughters
asked why would people who are making a movie for kids
allow such language to be used. Didn't they have good
writers they asked? Didn't they know what they are doing?
Don't they have children? all I could tell them that the
makers of Shrek were appealing to base and senseless
humor, explaining that when a person has to resort to
such language, it is because he or she lacks the education
to communicate in any other fashion. After much discussion
they understood and asked that we not go to any other
movies produced by your company.
your executives could take a page out of Rob Reiner's
producing efforts. They could learn a lesson from Reiner's
Princess Bride. That is a family movie. It is multi-layered
and cleverly written and acted. It is filled with fantasy
and magic, something that Shrek lacks. ~ Andrew
on Must See List
"Shrek is on my must see list for this summer.
There have been so many live action parodies that it is
refreshing to see an animated parody for a change. Thank
you for an informative Shrek site." ~ Emma
"When I saw the first movie trailer for Shrek,
I wasn't too impressed. However, the more I've seen the
more interesting this movie has become. I'm even looking
forward to seeing it more than Pearl Harbor now!"
~ Robert Jacobs
Is it my imagination or is DreamWorks becoming what Disney
use to be? Disney use to be the leader in marketing animated
movies and producing state of the art quality in all aspects
of the animated film. Now it seems that DreamWorks has
replaced Disney in both overall animation quality and
marketing. Disney needs to use a little of its Pixie Dust
to bring back the magic. ~ Ellen Wright
Why must these children's movies be rated PG? I'll bet
if they put out
two versions of Shrek - one G and one PG, the G
version would do better. ~ Doug Hunt
(editor's note: a couple that visits this Shrek site
- Matt & Loana O'Connor got into the festive Halloween
spirit by designing their own Shrek outfits. Here's a
picture they sent us, which we liked enough to request
their permission to republish it here, which was granted.)
you done something unique involving Shrek? If so, tell
us about it or send us a picture and it may
be republished here.
I must admit, I was disappointed when I heard that DreamWorks
released a soundtrack composed entirely of pop rock songs
for their second computer-animated film, Shrek.
The songs have NO significance with the time and setting
whatsoever (though I know it's a parody) and
less than half of these songs aren't even in the movie!
I am now glad and relieved that they are releasing
a separate soundtrack of background music.
If ANTZ ever did deliver anything good, it was
the soundtrack composed entirely of the background score,
and I'm glad that they're continuing that pattern with
Shrek. ~ Andrew Kaiko
We just saw Shrek and I will not be buying it when
it comes back out on tape. Eddie Murphy was wonderful
and Mike Myers was wonderful but not for my five year
old son. I very seriously doubt that we will attend another
movie made by DreamWorks if this this is what you think
is intended for children. Especially the sexual innuendo
in the Robin Hood scene. It's totally uncalled for and
inappropriate. ~ Sharee Hancock
I wanted to tell you that, as a parent of a nine year
old boy, I was terribly disappointed in the language in
the film Shrek. We liked the movie very much but
just could not believe that your company felt it necessary
to include obvious foul language. Our friends asked whether
they should take their eight year old son and four year
old daughter. I told my friend about the language and
that the only way I would take children these ages would
be to sit down and have a long talk about what is appropriate
language and that some of these words and phrases could
not be repeated. My neighbor who was talking with us (who
had taken her five year old son to see the film) said
that she did not recommend the film because of the four
letter words and went as far to say that she would not
have taken her son had she known the content.
normally rely on Screen It to check for content, but we
went at the last minute and did not have time prior to
the film. I certainly did not expect that a film which
was obviously made and marketed to children my son's age
would contain so many four letter words. Even the various
alternatives for "donkey" had to be explained
to my son - he thought there were more foul words than
consider the impact your productions have on children
and be responsible. We will not be seeing another Dreamworks
film without some prior screening and, if the pattern
of language is continued, we will not be patrons of your
films or products.
I strongly agree with the views and comments of the other
caring parents who have viewed this movie with their young
children. I have a five and seven year old who at times
laugh at the typical comical scenes, and noticed when
the language was inappropriate. Apart from the profanity,
and negative derogatory undertones, I think this movie
could have been considered a classic, and I would consider
purchasing the video as a keepsake for my children and
grandchildren. ~ Yvonne M. Johnson
"I am very upset that DreamWorks is not releasing
the background score to Shrek. It is an injustice
to fans of background scores and to the work of Harry
Gregson-Williams and John Powell. With the virtual guaranteed
success of Shrek, I hope DreamWorks will right
an injustice by releasing the full background score to
the film." ~ John Cramer
Not for Kids
On May 8, 2001, my family and I had the chance to preview
the movie Shrek from Dreamworks entertainment.
I now feel I must warn all of you before the movie is
released. This movie is NOT what it appears to be. Although
it appears to be a children's animated film it is not
fit for children of any age. The movie is filled with
"potty humor", and "coarse jesting."
Not only is the story filled with bad visual and audible
jokes, it also has a song from "Robin Hood"
which includes a reference to oral s*x.
the young children in the audience probably didn't understand
the reference my thirteen year old son did and was very
surprised to find it in this movie. It saddened me that
this film company, who also has produced the Moses and
Joseph stories, has released this movie in this form.
The story line is cute and could have been done without
the crude language and joking. Shame on Dreamworks.
may be the only movie released for children at this time
but you and your family would do better to rent or buy
a Veggie Tales video or even the videos Joseph: King
of Dreams or The Prince of Egypt from Dreamworks.
I'm sorry to have to report this to you but I want to
keep my friends and family from wasting time and money
on this movie. ~ Alice Ritchie Ramsey