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AFI Movie Club: SHREK

SHREK, produced by AFI honorary degree recipient Jeffery Katzenberg, was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2001, recognizing it as one of the 10 best films of the year. According to the official rationale, the colorful fantasy comedy, “takes an eraser to traditional fairy tale characters and situations. Moving at a fast pace with wit and intelligence, SHREK delivers solid family entertainment that is sheer pleasure for young and old.”    

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Trivia About SHREK

DID YOU KNOW? Originally, Chris Farley was cast as Shrek and had even recorded several sessions as the title character. Filmmakers had hoped to salvage the work that Farley had put in, but ultimately brought in Mike Myers to play Shrek and the dialogue was completely redone.    

DID YOU KNOW? Mike Myers was unhappy after seeing how his dialogue meshed with the animation of SHREK, so he talked producer Jeffrey Katzenberg into allowing him to re-record his entire role. 

DID YOU KNOW? Some of the development team behind the animation of SHREK took actual mud showers so that they could observe and study the movement of the mud to make their animated renderings look as realistic as possible. 

DID YOU KNOW? The song “All Star” by the band Smash Mouth was not originally written for SHREK. It had been released previously and in fact had been featured in other films prior, including MYSTERY MEN and INSPECTOR GADGET. A new song had been written for the opening credits of SHREK, but it was producer Jeffrey Katzenberg who suggested using the popular song. 

DID YOU KNOW? The character of Shrek received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010, joining an elite class of animated characters to have stars – including Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Woody Woodpecker, Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck and The Simpsons. 

DID YOU KNOW? SHREK was featured at the May 2001 Cannes Film Festival – becoming the first animated film to be in official competition for the Palme d’Or since Walt Disney’s PETER PAN in 1953. 

DID YOU KNOW? SHREK made history at the 2002 Academy Award® ceremony. The film won the first-ever Oscar® given in the category of Best Animated Feature Film. SHREK also became only the second animated feature to ever be nominated for its screenplay. 

DID YOU KNOW? SHREK was developed into a Broadway musical and opened at the Broadway Theatre on December 10, 2008. “Shrek the Musical” was nominated for eight Tony Awards including Best Musical at the 2009 Tony Awards. 

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The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions

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-The song “All Star” has become synonymous with the film SHREK, even though it wasn’t written specifically for the film. What other pop songs have become inextricably tied to movies that feature them?   

-Why is Donkey not scared of Shrek when everyone else is at the beginning of the film? Why does Donkey stick with Shrek throughout the film? 

-What does Shrek mean when he says that ogres are like onions? 

-What does Shrek mean when he says sometimes things are more than they appear? How does that theme come back around throughout the movie? 

-Shrek says he is better off alone because he is judged before people get to know him. Have you judged someone and found out you were completely wrong about that person? 

-Why are Shrek and Fiona unable to tell each other their real feelings regarding one another? How can misconceptions about people hold you back as a person? 

-How would you rate SHREK? 

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