The scheming Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) wants nothing more than to be King. He strikes a deal with a local orge named Shrek (Mike Myers) who must adventure to the dragon guarded tower and return with Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) in order for his home/ swamp to be returned. Joined by a very loud donkey (Eddie Murphy) the adventure is not the typical fairy tale.

4.5
This totally delightful computer animated feature is right up there among the funniest and most enjoyable cartoon films ever made.

When the diminutive blowhard Lord Farquaad decides to exile all the fairytale characters from his kingdom, his men dump them on the edge of a swamp which is the home of Shrek, an ogre who has, till now, enjoyed his solitary existence and doesn't want his space invaded by the likes of Pinocchio, The Seven Dwarfs, Three Little Pigs and other characters who have appeared famously in Disney films. Accompanied by a donkey who won't take no for an answer, Shrek sets off on a journey to rescue Princess Fiona from the tower where she's trapped by a fire-breathing dragon and bring her to the castle to become Farquaad's queen.

This totally delightful computer animated feature is right up there among the funniest and most enjoyable cartoon films ever made. The cheekiness with which the DreamWorks animated team mock their rivals at Disney by including references to any number of Disney films is one reason for adults to enjoy Shrek – another is the genuinely funny dialogue provided by Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as the Princess, John Lithgow as Farquaad and, especially, the irrepressible Eddie Murphy as the jive-talking donkey. There are some cunning references to other films, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon being one, and, as in Moulin Rouge, popular songs are cleverly integrated. And while the adults are enjoying all this, the kids will have a ball with a fairytale in which an ugly ogre and a princess fall in love.