Happy 15th Birthday to Shrek (2001)

15 years ago, we met the friendly neighbourhood Ogre who snuck into our hearts, and subsequently, our wallets. Because I paid money to watch every sequel. And bought the DVD/blu-rays 🙂
Did you know?…

Chris Farley was originally slated to voice the character of Shrek in the DreamWorks feature and the role was actually written specifically with him in mind. He recorded almost 90 percent of the voicework before he died from an overdose in December 1997. (Source)

original concept art

Footage of his voicework along with rough animated shots surfaced around the time the documentary I Am Chris Farley was coming out. Listening to Farley’s rendition is incredible, knowing just how synonymous Mike Myers’ Scottish-twinge rendition is to the character.

Box Office/Popularity

The Shrek franchise has spanned over ten years and is complete with three sequels, one Christmas TV special + a Puss In Boots spinoff, with the sequel to that spinoff coming out in 2018. Collectively, the franchise has garnered over $3.5 Billion (with a “B“) in its worldwide box office total, with the first sequel Shrek 2 being regarded as one of the greatest movie sequels in film history.

Worldwide Box Office Totals [box office mojo]

  1. Shrek 2 (2004), worldwide total: $919,838,758
  2. Shrek the Third (2007): $798,958,162 
  3. Shrek Forever After (2010): $752,600,867  
  4. Puss in Boots (2011): $554,987,477
  5. Shrek (2001): $484,409,218

Donkey: Whoa. Look at that. Who’d wanna live in a place like that?
Shrek: That, would be my home.
Donkey: Oh… and it is LOVELY! You know, you’re really quite a decorator. It’s amazing what you’ve done with such a modest budget. I like that boulder. That is a NICE boulder.


and yes. Shrek is Love. Shrek is Life.

In Case You Missed It: The character name of Lord Farquaad is supposed to resemble “Lord Fuckwad”… A nice gift for the adults in the audience.
As Wikipedia mentions, however, “Farquaad happens to be similar to the surname of film animator, Mark Farquhar.” So maybe Mr. Farquhar’s name is inspiration for it… But let’s be real it’s “fuckwad.”

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