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From Mainstream Press Reviews of Shrek:
Mitchell of The New York Times - "Like
many movies nowadays, Shrek is a blistering race
through pop culture, and what the movie represents is
a way to bring the brash slob comedy of 'The Simpsons'
and 'South Park,' as well as the institutional irreverence
of 'Saturday Night Live,' to a very young audience. This
leads to some very funny scenes, like the torture of the
Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times - "...Still,
all the craft in the world would not have made Shrek
work if the story hadn't been fun and the ogre so lovable.
Shrek is not handsome but he isn't as ugly as he thinks;
he's a guy we want as our friend, and he doesn't frighten
us but stir our sympathy. He's so immensely likable that
I suspect he may emerge as an enduring character, populating
sequels and spinoffs. One movie cannot contain him."
Elliott of San Diego Union-Tribune - "...In
place of ye olde Arthurian magic, it has sitcom zingers
and rock tunes, while Farquaad carries on a vendetta against
'fairy tale trash' and the tiny Gingerbread Man shouts
'Eat me' there are lyrics about sushi, hot tubs, piña
coladas. The cleverness, though adroit, seems pitched
very hard to the wiseguys in high school. The zippy fun
with a snake and a frog is cute, but must the beauty of
the stars at night be used for a flatulence joke?..."
Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter - "Shrek
is best compared with Dumbo, one of the most charming
cartoons made at Disney Studios under Walt Disney's aegis.
Both play the tale of 'The Ugly Duckling' for all its
worth. But instead of a tiny elephant with huge ears,
the title character in Shrek is an ogre -- green,
ornery, nasty-looking and foul-smelling, and, what's worse,
he has terrible table manners...the fantasy worlds conjured
up by these computer magicians are brilliantly surreal
with tiny, tiny details coming alive in unexpected and
Caro of the Chicago Tribune - "...Although
it reportedly makes technological advances in the art
of computer animation, Shrek isn't nearly as visually
pleasing as the Pixar/Disney collaborations (the Toy
Story duo, A Bug's Life). A few set pieces
wow, such as Shrek's and Donkey's over-the-lava bridge
crossing and their subsequent showdown with the dragon,
but in general the look is rather dim and drab..."
Turan of The Los Angeles Times - "As the
more wised-up version of that wised-up modern fairy tale,
Shrek, the film, is all comic attitude, all the
time. Casual, carefree, consistently amusing, it plays
a lot like the earlier Aladdin, which Ted Elliott
& Terry Rossio, lead writers and co-producers here,
also wrote. Like Aladdin, which did wonderful things
with Robin Williams as the irrepressible genie, "Shrek"
is blessed with Eddie Murphy as a motor-mouth donkey named,
McCarthy of Daily Variety - "Shrek
is an instant animated classic. Rudely sending up even
the most beloved fairy tale traditions while at the same
time effectively embodying them, this spirited and often
very funny lark accomplishes something that most films
in the bygone Hollywood studio era used to do but is remarkably
rare in today's world of niche markets: it offers entertainment
equally to viewers from 4 to 104. This story of an ogre's
odyssey from contented oblivion to unexpected love will
make out like a Prince Charming wherever it plays, representing
a bonanza for DreamWorks theatrically and forever after
in home-viewing markets..."
Travers of Rolling Stone - "Forget the
in-jokes, the moral messages about beauty being skin-deep
(No! Really?) and the rock soundtrack. By the time Smash
Mouth sings the Monkees' hit 'I'm a Believer,' you'll
be a believer, too...Shrek is a world-class charmer
that could even seduce the Academy when it hands out the
first official animation Oscar next year..."
Sumner of the Dallas Morning News - "...From
its irreverent opening, the potty humor will grab little
kids. The swamp-dwelling ogre not only lights a cone of
earwax for a candle, but also lowers his big bottom into
a lake and gasses hapless fish. For adults, there's a
witty tale and amazingly detailed animation. Check out
the facial expressions, flowing hair, grass, flames and
Meier of the Orlando Weekly - "...the
film spends so much time being cleverly hip and spoofing
all things Disney that it struggles to find its own identity.
The plot is little more than a simple fable with the cliché
message of not judging a book by its cover thrown in,
which is ironic since the movie spends most of its time
trying to both lambaste and turn on its ear conventional
(May 7, 2001 issue - page 62) - Adapted from a children's
book, Shrek is an irreverent comedy which sets
out to flip conventional fairy tales on their heads, writes
Film Critic David Ansen. He describes the animated movie
as "hilarious" and "captivating,"
adding that it is "the wittiest and most endearing
Hollywood animated movie since Toy Story 2."
Fox of the Harvard University Crimson - "...Speaking
of computer animation, the movie is done entirely in computer
graphics, and yes, some of the visuals are quite stunning.
However, it should be noted that there is yet to be a
computer-animated movie with believable human forms. The
men and women in Shrek often appear to move like
possessed nutcrackers. Actually, the movie itself is a
possessed nutcracker: an old children's concept trying
to pull some new tricks. Shrek may not turn the
traditional animated movie upside-down, but at least it
turns it on its side."