The Little Donkey, Princess Fiona, and Prince Farquaad along with
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow
is by far the cutest and smartest animated film since Pixar's
offering of talking bugs (A Bug's
Life) and soulful toys (The
Toy Stories). The characters are so 3 dimensional you
forget you're watching painted digital creatures thought up by
celebrity cast, here just voices behind the delightful celluloid
images, are perfect reflections of their cartoon counterparts.
Each character is continually witty without being overtly cynical.
The punch lines, that number in the thousands, are often unpredictable
and slap- your- knee clever. Finally, a movie for the
rating is PG but after seeing a pair of psychologically challenged
parents ushering in their offspring into Hannibal,
this treasure is pretty much a free for all. The PG rating is
given for it's teensy bit of gross humor; eyeball eating, the
slurping of a slug or two and a bit of clean-ish sexual innuendos
meant for the "knowing" adults that will fly right
over the kid's little cartoon admiring heads. Don't worry, unless
you're a card-carrying neurotic that thinks TV or Brittany Spears
is the route of all evil yadda, yadda, yadda ...Shrek's
story goes...Shrek (Mike Myers' voice a la, a toned down a wee
bit, 'Fat Bastard') is an
ogre. You remember from the fairytales? Those big unruly fiends
with Troll-like appendages, always hell-bent on mischievous
mayhem and excessive drooling while devouring the poor innocent
village folks? Yeah. This ogre's a little different. He lives
in a peaceful swamp and minds his own beeswax, far from the
the ruler of his land, Prince Farquard (obviously a loose lipped
joke for fu**wad), orders all the fairytale characters residing
in his hamlet be banished to his (Shrek's) humble, quiet,
will not do! Normally a social shut-in, Shrek finds himself
besieged with unwanted overly happy- singing- rhyming guests.
None more annoying then a talkative donkey who had originally
escaped the prince's demands and had found Shrek along the road,
and kind of just
a wreck. People, er, fairy tale creatures, and fairy tale animals
are everywhere. The wolf from Little Red Riding Hood
is in his bed smoking a cigar, the Seven Dwarfs store Snowy's
casket-like perma-a-porta-boudoir on Shrek's dinner table, the
Three Blind Mice run about breaking things with their guide
sticks and chomping on his ear while the rest of the bedtime
gang is gathered camped right in his front yard!
nothing else to do. Shrek must go forth and make the prince
reverse his orders and remove the cast of delinquent misfits
that list like the usual suspects in a Grimm's tale or Old Mother
doesn't know where the nasty prince lives. He needs help. Hmm.
That annoying little donkey that wont leave knows where the prince
is. Shrek grudgingly asks him to play escort and the little donkey
is a handful for Shrek. Turns out the donkey is a jabber jaw,
a rapid-fire conversationalist that babbles on endlessly about
next to nothing. Lucky for us he's given his vocal orations by
Eddy Murphy, one of our finest living
comedians and Eddie's just brilliant as the wisecracking, phobia-filled,
intruding little mule.
Shrek and the little donkey, get an audience with his lord, Prince
Farquaad (John Lithgow who's voice naturally sounds a bit snobby).
Farquaad is far from receptive. However, he sees a use for the
odd duo, which serves his wants and needs. He agrees to return
the land to the ogre, imp free, if he'll take on a brief mission.
Faquuad wants them to fetch his queen to be. The woman whom he
has chosen to be his bride, thusly catapulting the idiot to king
status by way of marriage. Dink
bi-partisan cast keeps us giddy with giggles and happy as hobbitts
right to its 100% certified fairy tale happy ending. Enjoy!
Recommendation: Gingerbread Man cookies and milk