When you think about it, the Shrek series did for Dreamworks what the Toy Story series did for Pixar, sparing two big differences. First of all, Toy Story did not decrease in quality after the sequel, like Shrek did, and secondly, Pixar's films have all been of great quality, whereas Dreamworks has some rather unsavory titles that we'll get to sometime soon. However, it was pretty much the only dreamworks film that made a viable series and they have been making films of varying quality ever since. Shrek is an undeniable visual and general treat for both adults and kids alike.
Shrek is about an ogre named, well, Shrek who lives alone in his swamp and likes to keep it that way. When he comes across a rather annoying donkey, his life gets turned upside down as fairytale characters start to live on his land after being evicted from the kingdom by Lord F*ckwad (haha just kidding, its Farquaad), a very tiny man obsessed with running a perfect society and marrying a princess so he can become a king. That princess is the lovely Fiona, who Shrek accidentally volunteers himself to rescue. They get rescued, Donkey falls in love with a dragon, they have their ups and downs, I won't give away the ending for people who still want to see it.
The movie is meaning to poke fun at fairytales and the typical prince charming/rescue story, and quite frankly I tihnk they did it better in the sequel, but that doesn't make it any less good. I may like the sequel better, but this one is still great and this was dreamworks' best movie until Shrek 2 came along. I may as well move on to the voice acting. I love Mike Myer's voicework as the gruff scottish ogre shrek almost as much as I love his work in Austin Powers. Eddie Murphy voices Donkey, and his character is somewhat amusing but borderline annoying. Other than those two, there are Cameron Diaz as Fiona and John Lithgow as Lord Farquaad, and they both turn in decent performances as well.
The animation is good, but not great. I'm glad it got better though because it didn't look entirely lifelike to me although it came pretty damn close. I loved the design of everything and Shrek was also a deciding factor in the fact that Dreamworks can stand by itself alongside Disney, even if their relationship had been kind of rocky from day 1. I don't really have much more to say about that except the animation was pretty good. The characters were also pretty good, well thought out, and dimensional. All in all, that's the rest of Shrek so I'm gonna wrap this up.
I would say that the first two Shreks are a must-see for everyone. The second two, not so much. The animation, the story, the jokes, the characters, everything just makes for a great film. This kind of shaped Dreamworks' identity and let them stand alongside other companies like Disney and Pixar. The only thing I didn't really like was all the donkey/ass jokes which some parents may not like their kids hearing. But despite that, Shrek is still a fantastic movie.
ANIMATION DOMINATION NEWS: I have been having complications with Shrek 2 on the movie site where I have been watching all of these films, so the next review coming up will be The Incredibles, another great Pixar film. I will be watching animated movies all day and I expect after The Incredibles will come Shark Tale or Shrek 2.