90 Movies in 90 Days: Shrek (2001)

I’m kicking off 2023 by trying to watch and review one movie every day for the first 90 days, all of which will be 90 minutes or less.

Title: Shrek
Release Date: May 18, 2001
Director:Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson
Production Company: DreamWorks Animation | PDI/DreamWorks

Shrek was probably not the first animated movie to mix crude humor with pop culture references and a soundtrack of contemporary pop hits, but it did establish a trend, with many movies that followed not being as funny or clever as Shrek. It also established DreamWorks Animation as a legitimate competitor to Disney and Pixar.

Based on a book by Massachusetts own William Steig, it tells the story of a curmudgeonly ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) who finds his swamp overrun by fairy tale characters exiled there by the autocratic Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow).  Accompanied by the chatty Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek heads off to confront Farquaad and then is sent on a further quest to rescue the Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), who is imprisoned by a dragon.  Naturally,  Shrek and Fiona form feelings for one another.

Listen, there’s nothing deep about Shrek, but it efficiently delivers a lot of good gags while poking fun at fairy tale lore and at Disney movies and parks. Yet, it never gets too nasty and still manages to have a heart.

Rating: ***1/2

#FridayFictioneers – Wormhole

Greta wanted out this of lousy, one-horse town.  Jimmy couldn’t stop her.  Her father, her boss, and hell, even the cops, couldn’t stop her. She would burn every bridge just to get out and never return.

Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” came on the radio.

“My song!” she shouted, cranking it up and shouting “A-yo!”

Thus distracted, she didn’t notice the blinding lights. Suddenly, she no was longer on a country highway. The world around her seemed made of gelatinous forms, painted in neon.  Greta was clearly no longer on Earth.

“This is the. Best. Day. EVER!” she exclaimed.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly photo prompt flash fiction challenge on
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Addicted to Purple blog.  See additional stories here!