The movie poster
May 21, 2004 (US)
|Release on DVD||
November 5, 2004 (US)
Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon. It is the second installment in the Shrek series, the sequel to 2001's Shrek, and features the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, and Jennifer Saunders.
Like its predecessor, Shrek 2 received largely positive reviews and was a blockbuster success. Shrek 2 scored the second-largest three-day opening weekend in US history at the time of its release, as well as the largest opening for an animated film until May 18, 2007, when it was eclipsed by its sequel Shrek the Third. It went on to be the highest-grossing film of 2004. It is DreamWorks' most successful film to date and was also the highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide until Toy Story 3 surpassed it in 2010; it is now the seventh highest-grossing animated film of all time. It is also the seventh highest-grossing ticket selling animated film of all time. The associated soundtrack reached the top ten of the Billboard 200.
When Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) come back from their honeymoon, they find an invitation to a royal ball with Fiona's parents to celebrate their marriage, an event that Shrek is reluctant to participate in. Fiona talks him into it, and along with Donkey (Eddie Murphy), they travel to the kingdom of Far Far Away. They meet Fiona's parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian (John Cleese and Julie Andrews), the former of which is repulsed by Shrek being an ogre. At a shared meal, Shrek and Harold get into a heated argument over how Shrek and Fiona will raise their family, and Fiona, disgusted at Shrek's behavior, locks herself away in her room that evening. Shrek worries that he has lost his true love, particularly after finding her childhood diary and reading that she was once infatuated with Prince Charming (Rupert Everett). When Fiona realizes that Shrek left, she asks her dad for help, but he replies that he always wanted the best for her and that she should better think about what is the best for her, too.
As everyone goes their separate ways, Harold is accosted by the Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders) and Charming, who is her son. The two retell the prince's adventures and how he overcame many obstacles and climbed to the highest tower in order to rescue Fiona, but in vain. They reprimand Harold for breaking an old promise that Charming would be able to marry Fiona, and demand that he find a way to get rid of Shrek. Harold arranges for Shrek and Donkey to join him on a fictitious hunting trip, which really is a trap to lure the two into the hands of an assassin named Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas), a famous Ogre killer. However, Puss is unable to defeat Shrek and throws up a hairball, and, revealing that he was paid to do this by the king, asks to come along as a way to make amends. The trio sneak into the Fairy Godmother's potion factory and steal a Happily Ever After potion that Shrek believes will restore Fiona's love for him.
Shrek and Donkey both drink the potion and fall into a deep sleep, awakening the next morning to discover its effects: Shrek is now a handsome human, while Donkey has turned into a stallion. In order to make the change permanent, Shrek must kiss Fiona by midnight. He, Donkey, and Puss return to the castle to discover that the potion has also transformed Fiona back into her former, human self. However, the Fairy Godmother, having learned of the potion's theft, intercepts Shrek and sends Prince Charming to pose as Shrek, deceive Fiona and win her love. At the Fairy Godmother's manipulative urging, Shrek leaves the castle, believing that the best way to make Fiona happy is to let her go.
To ensure that Fiona falls in love with Charming, the Fairy Godmother gives Harold a love potion to put into Fiona's tea. But Harold replies that it is not possible to make his daughter fall in love in this manner. This exchange is overheard by Shrek, Donkey, and Puss, who are soon arrested by the royal guards and thrown into a dungeon. While the royal ball begins, several of Shrek's friends band together to free the trio and Gingy (Conrad Vernon) tells the Muffin Man to create a gigantic gingerbread man named Mongo (Conrad Vernon). Then, Mongo breaks through the castle's defenses so Shrek can prevent Charming from kissing Fiona, but is immediately defeated and killed off when guards keep firing milk at him and Mongo falls into the river, with Gingy jumping on him and mourning for his death, but is instantly rescued by Pinocchio (Cody Cameron). Unfortunately, Shrek is too late to stop Charming; however, instead of falling in love with Charming, Fiona does a Karate yell and knocks him out with a headbutt. Harold reveals that he never gave Fiona the love potion, whereupon the Fairy Godmother attacks Shrek. In the ensuing melee, a spell from her wand, presumably to kill Shrek, rebounds off Harold's armor
(when he commits self-sacrifice to save Shrek) and disintegrates her; it also returns Harold to his true form of the Frog Prince. He had used the Happily Ever After potion years ago to marry Lillian, but she tells him that she loves him no matter what he looks like.
As the clock strikes midnight, Shrek and Fiona let the potion's effects wear off and they return to their ogre selves, while Donkey changes back as well (but is sad to see his stallion self gone). Harold gives his blessing to the marriage and apologizes for his earlier behavior, and the party resumes as the credits begin. However, they're interrupted by a brief after-party scene in which Dragon, who had romanced Donkey in the first movie, arrives and reveals that they now have several dronkey babies.
- Frank Welker: Animals' vocal effects (uncredited)
- Accidentally in Love performed by the Counting Crows – 3:08
- Holding Out for a Hero performed by Frou Frou – 3:22
- Changes performed by Butterfly Boucher & David Bowie – 3:22
- As Lovers Go performed by Dashboard Confessional – 3:29
- Funkytown performed by Lipps Inc. – 3:59
- I'm on My Way performed by Rich Price – 3:21
- I Need Some Sleep performed by Eels – 2:28
- Ever Fallen in Love performed by Pete Yorn – 2:32
- Little Drop of Poison performed by Tom Waits – 3:11
- You're So True performed by Joseph Arthur – 3:55
- People Ain't No Good performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – 5:39
- Fairy Godmother Song performed by Jennifer Saunders – 1:52
- Livin' la Vida Loca performed by Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas – 3:24
- Holding Out for a Hero performed by Jennifer Saunders – 4:01
- In an early version of the movie, Shrek abdicated the throne and called for a fairy-tale election. Pinocchio's campaign was the "honesty" campaign while Gingy's was a "smear" campaign. Director Andrew Adamson said it was overtly satiric and political, with many funny ideas, but "it was more intellectual than emotional".
Shrek: From the Swamp to the Screen
- In the beginning when Shrek accidentally kissed a mermaid resembling Ariel from the Disney 1989 animated feature The Little Mermaid, Fionna drags Ariel and throws her back in the ocean, then two sharks eat Ariel.
- When Shrek tries to get the ring this was a reference to The Lord of the Rings saga.
- When Shrek and Fiona were at the beach they had the pattern on their bathing suits with blue and white flowers.
- When people run out of Farbucks (a parody of Starbucks), they run across the street to another Farbucks. This lampoons the large amount of locations that Starbucks has, as well as poking fun at Starbucks' policy of putting numerous locations within walking distance of each other in the downtown areas of large cities.
- Prince Charming started the story sequence.
- First non-chronological appearance of the Puss in Boots. However, chronogically, his first appearance is in the short Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos.
- First appearance of King Harold and Queen Lillian.
- The scene when the Fairy Godmother disintegrates, is similar to the scene of Voldemort's Last Stand in the Harry Potter saga. Voldemort disintegrates upon death in the film adaptation of
- After the release of this film, Jeffrey Katzenberg confirmed three more sequels: Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After, and a possible Shrek 5.
- The 2011 spin-off movie Puss in Boots, was setting before this film.
- The television show KNIGHTS is a parody of Spike's tv show, COPS. The knights who arrested Shrek, Donkey, and Puss were similar to what police in COPS do in the line of duty. Instead of using modern weapons, the knights used a pepper shaker for a pepper spray and bows and arrows for guns.
- When Harold and Lillian are walking you could see that a man is climbing a ladder up in a tree which at the end he falls off.
- You could look up more secrets on the YouTube video Shrek 2 (2004) secrets.
- When Shrek and Fiona are becoming ogres, they had their normal clothes. Before they wore different clothes.
- How was the royal messenger and his band able to find where Fiona and Shrek lived at the start?
- Shrek (film)
- Shrek 4-D
- Shrek 2 promotional appearances
- Shrek the Third
- Shrek the Halls
- Shrek Forever After
- ↑ Shrek: From the Swamp to the Screen, page 163