Film: Shrek 2

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Shrek 2

Series: Film 2 in series
Director: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury
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Distributor: Dreamworks Video

The lovably ugly green ogre returns with his green bride and furry, hooved friend in Shrek 2. The newlywed Shrek and Princess Fiona are invited to Fiona’s former kingdom, Far Far Away, to have the marriage blessed by Fiona’s parents—which Shrek thinks is a bad, bad idea, and he’s proved right: The parents are horrified by their daughter’s transformation into an ogress, a fairy godmother wants her son Prince Charming to win Fiona, and a feline assassin is hired to get Shrek out of the way. The computer animation is more detailed than ever, but it’s the…

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Amazon.com

The lovably ugly green ogre returns with his green bride and furry, hooved friend in Shrek 2. The newlywed Shrek and Princess Fiona are invited to Fiona’s former kingdom, Far Far Away, to have the marriage blessed by Fiona’s parents—which Shrek thinks is a bad, bad idea, and he’s proved right: The parents are horrified by their daughter’s transformation into an ogress, a fairy godmother wants her son Prince Charming to win Fiona, and a feline assassin is hired to get Shrek out of the way. The computer animation is more detailed than ever, but it’s the acting that make the comedy work—in addition to the return of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz, Shrek 2 features the flexible voices of Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins), John Cleese (Monty Python’s Flying Circus), Antonio Banderas (Desperado), and Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) as the gleefully wicked fairy godmother. —Bret Fetzer

Barnes and Noble

A star is born in Shrek 2! It’s Puss in Boots, voiced with suave and swashbuckling bravado by Antonio Banderas. Not since the 1947 Warner Bros. cartoon “Little Orphan Airedale” has the “soulful eyes routine” been used to such devastatingly funny effect. Puss, a would-be assassin hired to dispatch our not-so-jolly green ogre, effortlessly steals every scene he’s in. He also revitalizes the Shrek franchise. Hopefully, a spin-off is in the works (until then, he hosts the bonus features portion of the DVD edition). Shrek 2 continues Shrek and Fiona’s fairy-tale romance beyond “happy-ever-after.” The original voice cast return in their triumphant signature roles: Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz as the honeymooners, and Eddie Murphy as the loquacious but lovable Donkey. New to the story are Fiona’s disapproving royal parents (John Cleese, Julie Andrews) and the vengeful Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), who schemes for her son, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett), to take Fiona for his wife. While not as emotionally satisfying as the original, Shrek 2 is just as funny; brimming with in-jokes, pop-culture references, and movie and TV spoofs ranging from The Little Mermaid to Cops. Having thoroughly punked Disney in the first film, Shrek 2 skewers Hollywood and Beverly Hills, rendered here as “Far, Far Away,” a riot of boutiques (Abercrombie & Witch, Pewtery Barn) and red-carpet galas. Shrek 2—2004’s biggest box-office hit—invites repeated viewings to catch all the jokes. But it’s the extras that truly make this DVD an enchanting, play-it-again experience. Topping the dance party on the first Shrek DVD is the talent contest “Far, Far Away Idol,” starring the one and only Simon Cowell. Donald Liebenson

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Album:Shrek 2: Original Motion Picture Score

Shrek 2: Original Motion Picture Score

Harry Gregson-Williams

The runaway success of Dreamworks’ original digitally animated spoof of classic fairy tales (and the Disney versions in particular) quite naturally spawned a sequel that follows the further misadventures of the lovable green ogre, his donkey pal and Princess Fiona. But while the second installment’s pop song-score is responsible for much of its crisp pace and contemporary cultural savvy, this eclectic (mostly) orchestral score by composer Harry Gregson-Williams largely serves to anchor the film in the very genre it’s lampooning. Yet it’s also music that serves as…

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