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Opens: Spring 2001

Company: DreamWorks and PDI

MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated (PG expected)

Description: Shrek is DreamWorks' second big 3D release from PDI, the first being ANTZ. Shrek is the story of an ogre who wants to be good, instead of bad like all the other ogres (sort of like Casper). Shrek is written by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, both who wrote Disney’s Aladdin and DreamWorks' The Road to El Dorado.

Crew Talent:

  • Aron Warner - Producer
  • Andrew Adamson and Victoria Jenson - Directors
  • Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio - Screenwriters


(November 23, 1998) “The Prince” reports that, according to Variety magazine, DreamWorks is strongly considering releasing Shrek not only to Widescreen theaters, but also to IMAX theaters in an IMAX format that will require rerendering (and assembling) the entire animated film. It will, however, give Shrek a true 3D look and put DreamWorks in the record book with the first fully 3D animated feature for IMAX. Animation Artist magazine has confirmed this tip.

(June 22, 1999) Since the posting of the above tip, Disney has invested in IMAX and has also scheduled Fantasia 2000 to be released on IMAX screens beginning January 1, 2000. This could greatly affect DreamWorks' decision on whether to give Shrek an IMAX run.

(February 2, 2000) “I visited Dreamworks a couple of weeks ago and saw a part of the production of Shrek. For the voice cast, I saw Eddie Murphy's name on the top of the list.” - Tip submitted by K.

(February 3, 2000) The release date has been updated to a Spring release - 2001.

(February 4, 2000) “It is certain now that the cast is Mike Myers (Shrek); Cameron Diaz (The Princess) - it was originally casted as Janeane Garofalo; Eddie Murphy (The Donkey); John Lithgow (The Villain); Linda Hunt (The Witch). The story is about an ogre, Shrek who wants to be different from the rest of the ogres.No mean pillaging the countryside, terrorizing the farmers. Shrek wants to be something different.” - Tip submitted by “K”

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