Shrek: Once upon a Time


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Shrek: Once upon a Time

A look at how an ogre with a Scottish accent changed the face of animation, featuring interviews with the creators and the voices behind it, including Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers.


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Once upon a time, in a land far far away,

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there was a princess who was locked away in a tower,

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awaiting her good knight.

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To save her, he must travel through treacherous lands

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to give her true love's first kiss.

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This good knight was...an ogre?!

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I'm not going to apologise for acting like one.

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Meet Hollywood's most unlikely hero.

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-I said, "What's it called?" And he said...

-Shrek.

-Shrek!?

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"That's a really bad title!"

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-Star of the blockbuster hit that has graced us with...

-SHREK FARTS

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-It's flavour!

-SHE LAUGHS

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-..heartfelt stories...

-Do you love this woman?

-Yes.

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# Then you got to, got to got to try a little tenderness. #

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-Chicks love that romantic crap.

-All right, cut it out!

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-..and iconic animated characters.

-Argh!

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I do a voice for him that is very breathy.

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Ogre Fiona has always spoke to me.

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SHE BURPS

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At the core of it, I'm always thinking, "Jackass."

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Waiter, how about a bowl for the steed?

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But, it wasn't always a fairytale.

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I think it was constantly in jeopardy.

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Chris Farley began as Shrek

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and, of course, passed away so tragically.

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Brace yourselves for a journey into the weird and wonderful world

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of the one and only Shrek.

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The audience for the first 10 minutes of that film

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were genuinely shocked.

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-Does that sound good to you?

-Uh...

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No, not really, no.

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Hollywood -home of handsome film stars like Tom Cruise, Matt Damon

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and Shrek?

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Yes, this is the incredible tale of how one of the world's

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highest grossing movie franchises was inspired by a fat, ugly,

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grumpy Scottish monster. I don't like the way we've got "grumpy" and "Scottish" together there.

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Anyway, tonight, we are going to discover what ingredients

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make this vermin-filled fairytale the success it is today.

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Oh, you had me at vermin-filled.

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Now, we all know the story of Shrek.

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But, if you don't, here's a quick reminder.

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Once upon a time, there was a lovely princess...

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I said a quick reminder!

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So, there's this ogre called Shrek who met a talking donkey called...

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-well, Donkey...

-That's right, fool!

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..who, by the way, had a beautiful singing voice.

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# Ain't no stopping us now. # Woo!

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Together, they rescued a princess called Fiona...

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-Put me down!

-..who it turns out was an ogre too.

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Shrek and Fiona fell in love and got married.

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Oh, and a Donkey mated with a dragon. O-K...

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Soon after, we met a fancy feline.

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Fear me, if you dear.

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Then Shrek got a makeover.

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Shrek and I took some magic potion and, well, now we're sexy!

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And Donkey and Puss decided to engage in a little body-swapping.

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-PUSS' VOICE:

-The time has come to rectify some wrongs.

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-Indeed. Then Shrek did something silly.

-I signed this.

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-You should never sign a contract with...

-Rumpelstiltskin!

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And everything started to get a little weird.

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SHREK: Donkey? Fiona? Puss?

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Right, cut it there. OK, and breathe.

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Before this is over, I'll need a lot of serious therapy. Look at my eye twitching.

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Well, now we're all up to speed, let's find out

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the first thing you need to make a modern-day fairytale -

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a daring animation studio.

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Welcome to the house that Shrek built.

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DreamWorks Animation, California.

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This is where the imaginations of producers, writers and animators

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conjured up great hits like Antz, Kung Fu Panda,

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Madagascar, Megamind,

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Bee Movie, Monsters vs Aliens,

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Over the Hedge, Shark Tale,

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How to Train Your Dragon and Puss In Boots.

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Ho! They've been working around the clock.

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But none of this would have been possible

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if not for this big, green, lovable ogre -

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DreamWorks' biggest star.

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It's one of the great Hollywood successes of the last 10 years.

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They created this world but now one had ever seen before.

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I thought it was fantastic.

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The Shrek franchise is the shining green jewel in the DreamWorks crown.

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How many films have there been, Mike?

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There's been four!

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Next, we need a good story.

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So take some classic fairytales and turn them upside down.

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But who's brave enough to do that? Meet the big boss.

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I had spent 10 years at Disney, telling conventional fairytales

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and telling them in a very heartfelt

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and conventional way.

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This seemed, to me, to be able to take that world

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and do something that was completely fresh, very unique,

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not done before.

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It's got this wonderful ironic approach to fairytales.

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It's constantly up-ending the romance.

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The ogre has fallen in love with the Princess!

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-Oh, good Lord...

-LAUGHTER

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We were raised with all of those traditional fairytales

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told in a very traditional way.

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And taking them upside down and just looking at them

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from a totally different angle, it was almost like

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revisiting your own youth.

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It kind of expressed all of our frustration, that sort of growing up

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with that nest of lies.

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I suggest you freaks cooperate with the new king of Far Far Away.

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The only thing you're ever going to be king of is king of the stupids!

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But the key to success lay in the biggest twist of all.

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One simple conversion of having

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the ogre, who is usually the bad guy, be the hero of the story.

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I think that's a huge move.

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I'm an ogre! You know, "Grab your torch and pitchforks!"

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-Doesn't that bother you?

-Nope.

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The traditionally good characters end up being bad

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and bad characters end up being good.

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No, no, no, no, no!

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You see, ogres don't live happily ever after.

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The tyrant should be physically imposing and terrifying,

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but they make him small and ineffectual.

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Fiona, my love, we're but a kiss away from our happily ever after.

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Now, kiss me! Mmm...

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The princess should be demure

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and fragile.

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Instead, you have Fiona.

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We were looking at their stories and saying,

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"How can we change these stories so that they feel new?"

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Geppetto was selling his boy to Farquaad at the very beginning

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for a little bit of money.

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-Next! What have you got?

-This little wooden puppet.

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I'm not a puppet. I'm a real boy!

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SLIDING WHISTLE

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Five shillings for the possessed toy. Take it away!

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Father, please! Don't let them...

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They're all being thrown out basically of their own stories.

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And they all ended up in Shrek's swamp,

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where he welcomed them with open arms.

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What are you doing in my house?

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Hey!

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Maybe not.

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Oh, no, no, no! Dead broad off the table!

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-Where are we supposed to put her? The bed's taken.

-Huh?

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What?

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It almost makes fun of us and our attachment

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to these characters from when we were children.

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What are you doing in my swamp!? HIS VOICE ECHOES

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THEY GASP

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Oh, dear...

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So, time to meet the hero - Shrok.

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I'm Shrek, you twit.

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Argh!

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Can't we just settle this over a pint?

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-RECORD SCRATCHES

-Some hero, eh?

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Oh, you were expecting Prince Charming.

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Originally, Shrek was, I think, a less likeable character.

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And he had a very clear goal of wanting to be a knight

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and wasn't going to be happy until he was one.

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And that was not a Shrek any of us wanted to hang out with.

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Ra-a-ar!

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THEY SCREAM

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Shrek is an ogre

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and can have a lot of traits that might be not so likeable.

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So, the first thing was to figure out how to make him an ogre

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but make him a guy you could root for.

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And how could you possibly do that?

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-Insults...

-You dense, irritating miniature beast of burden!

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-..assaults...

-SHE YELPS

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-..farting...

-HE FARTS

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-..burping...

-HE BURPS

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-..it's flavour!

-SHE LAUGHS

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Em, I think it's the kind of thing kids love, you see.

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You can't beat a good fart gag.

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Any kind of food that you don't like, he likes.

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He makes candles out of his ear wax.

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He lives in a swamp.

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Bad smells good smells to him.

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Ha, morning breath.

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I know. Isn't it wonderful?

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We loved making him fart and burp and do all that fun stuff,

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but, in the end, you know,

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he becomes someone who opens his heart to the world.

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Ogres are like onions.

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-HE SNIFFS

-They stink?

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-Yes. No!

-They make you cry?

-No!

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Leave them out in the sun, they go brown, start sprouting white hairs?

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No! Layers! Onions have layers.

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Ogres have layers, onions have layers - you get it?

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We both have layers! HE SIGHS

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Oh, you both have layers. Oh...

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You know, not everybody likes onions.

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I could relate to that identity problem.

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I know I'm supposed to be a villain and a bad guy,

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but I don't feel like one.

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Weirdly, as a Canadian, we're sort of

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there next to the United States going, "Hey, guys, wait up!"

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We're not quite England, we're not quite France,

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we're not quite America.

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What's your problem, Shrek?

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What you got against the whole world anyway, huh?

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Look! I'm not the one with the problem, OK?

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It's the world that seems to have a problem with me.

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People take one look at me and go, "Argh! Help, run!

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"A big, stupid ugly ogre."

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HE SIGHS

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They judge me before they even know me.

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He's fearful of change. And I think that that's most of us.

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You know, I think we all kind of come up against the fear of

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making changes in our lives because we get so comfortable as things are.

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He doesn't want to get hurt. And so he tells himself

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at the beginning of the movie that he would prefer to be alone.

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And when he meets people and they're nice, like Donkey and Fiona,

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he doesn't know what to do with it.

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-I guess you don't entertain much, do you?

-I like my privacy.

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I do too. That's another thing we have in common.

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I hate it when somebody's in your face,

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you try to give them a hint to leave

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and then there's that big, awkward silence.

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Can I stay with you?

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-What?

-Can I stay with you...please?

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-Of course!

-Really?

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-No.

-It's going to take a very special lady to melt the heart of this ogre.

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I love the scene where Fiona and Shrek are falling in love.

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And they're blowing up toads together

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and they're kind of like... It's just so endearing.

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You see how these two people show their love for one another

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and I always thought that that was really sweet.

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In seeing Fiona, he learns to love himself.

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And I think that that is a great lesson.

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And I think that if you're a little kid and whatever odd situation

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you're in, and everybody as a human is in an odd situation,

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You can relate to that.

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-Fiona?

-Yes, Shrek.

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I... I love you.

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Really?

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Really, really.

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Wow, Shrek, that's quite the bride you have there.

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But fairytale law states quite clearly

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that every princess must come with a curse.

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In this case, by night, she's an ogre.

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And, by day, a beautiful, elegant princess - kind of.

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Hi-ya!

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Meet Fiona.

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Well, Fiona her whole life has been told that she's been locked

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in this tower and she's meant to be saved by her Prince Charming.

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True love's kiss is what's going to release her from this prison

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that she's been in her whole life.

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They have this moment where she prepares herself

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and she's waiting there and she's pretending to be asleep,

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and here's Shrek with his caged face.

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And nothing goes right.

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-Wake up!

-What?

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Are you Princess Fiona?

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I am.

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Awaiting a night so bold as to rescue me.

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Oh, that's nice. Now, let's go!

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And he just kind of want to throw her over his shoulder

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and, you know, get her out the window.

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And she has all the ways that she needs it to be done.

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What kind of knight are you?

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One of a kind.

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He has no intention of being her knight in shining armour.

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He just wants his swamp back.

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All the ways that it didn't go right,

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at least the kiss is going to go right.

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You know, at least... Nothing went the right way,

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he threw her over his shoulder, he got her out of there and here it is.

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"Let's just do this right."

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Oh, you must know how it goes.

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A princess locked in a tower and beset by a dragon

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is rescued by a brave knight.

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And then they share true love's first kiss.

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Hmm? With Shrek? You think...

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Wait a second. You think that Shrek is your true love?

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Well, yes.

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THEY BOTH LAUGH

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You think Shrek is your true love!

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What is so funny?

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'She realised that life isn't the way that the

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fairytale books told her.

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Which is lucky because Fiona isn't exactly a fairytale princess.

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SHE SINGS

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THE BIRD SINGS

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THEY BOTH SING HIGHER

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SHE SINGS AS HIGH AS SHE CAN

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She's definitely feisty. She doesn't take anything from anybody.

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Ya-hoo!

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THEY GASP

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Man, that was annoying.

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There's some karate scenes, I don't know if you guys caught those -

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a little kung fu in the trees.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Which was really fun because I was making Charlie's Angels

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for the first film.

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I several times came in after having

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done my training for Charlie's Angels to do some of the work

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and I would be in my workout clothes

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and just sweaty and gross.

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And they would be like, could you give us a "hi-yah"?

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I was like, "Oh, I got a hi-yah for ya!"

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There is so much insecurity in her as well.

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She has so much going on that she doesn't know about quite yet

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that she has to figure out.

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-Ssh!

-Shrek, Shrek!

-No, it's OK.

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-What did you do with the Princess?

-Donkey, ssh. I'm the Princess.

-Argh!

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-It's me.

-God, you ate the Princess!

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-Can you hear me?

-Donkey!

-Keep breathing!

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I'll get you out of there. Shrek, Shrek!

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Fiona's journey really is it's not what you look like,

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it's about what you have inside you.

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So that's kind of how Fiona came to be.

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When I was a little girl, a witch cast a spell on me.

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Every night, I become this.

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This horrible, ugly beast.

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I associate myself closer to the Ogre Fiona

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than I did the Princess Fiona.

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Princess Fiona never really made sense to me,

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you know, the human Fiona.

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Ogre Fiona has always spoke to me more.

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And I was so happy that that was her true form.

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-SHE BURPS

-Excuse me.

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'Definitely a family trait, for sure.

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-We're quality people!

-SHE LAUGHS

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So, we have a hero and a beautiful princess.

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Next on the list is a noble steed.

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# Little donkey Little donkey... #

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Just take my wallet, just take my wallet! I'm being ass-napped!

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Animal cruelty. Help!

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You need to calm down. I'm your friend.

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Donkey likes people...

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This is going to be fun.

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We can stay up late, swapping manly stories and, in the morning,

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-I'm making waffles!

-Oh!

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-..is loyal...

-Say no more, say no more.

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Don't worry about a thing. I will always be here to make sure nobody bothers you.

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Donkey's not afraid to say he needs people.

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-Shrek's hurt.

-Shrek's hurt? Shrek's hurt!

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-Oh, no, Shrek's going to die.

-Donkey, I'm OK.

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Oh, you can't do this to me, Shrek. I'm too young for you to die.

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-Keep your legs elevated. Does anyone know the Heimlich?

-Donkey! Calm down.

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You know, he's lovable.

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Yeah. Oh...

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Man, I'd really love to stay, but I'm an asthmatic

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and I don't know it it'll work out you blowing smoke rings and stuff.

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Shrek! Ooft!

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Shrek loves that about him

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and learns to love himself through seeing Donkey as well -

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just how free he is.

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-Look, you love this woman, don't you?

-Yes.

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-You want to hold her?

-Yes.

-Please her?

-Yes!

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# Then you got to got to got to

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# Try a little tenderness. # The chicks love that romantic crap.

0:17:360:17:40

All right, cut it out!

0:17:400:17:41

He's the one poking at him to change, to embrace this other.

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"Come to the light side."

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Come on, lazybones! It's time to get moving.

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Argh! You know, you really need to get yourself a pair of jammies!

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What's really cool about the donkey's character,

0:17:550:17:58

he is the jackass, but he is always the voice of reason in the movie.

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He always helps them get it together.

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I'm just so darn bored!

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Well, find a way to entertain yourself.

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DONKEY SIGHS

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The annoying "pop!"

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I just, I don't know. It won Donkey over for me.

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Pop!

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Pop!

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-Pop!

-Oh! For five minutes,

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could you not be yourself?

0:18:300:18:32

The Eddie Murphy casting was interesting

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because he basically just plays himself.

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I love Donkey. I love him because you can hear Eddie Murphy.

0:18:370:18:41

Oh, man. I can't feel my toes! I don't have any toes!

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I think I need a hug.

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I'm playing a donkey, so I said I have to be a jackass.

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So always at the core of it, I'm always thinking, "Jackass."

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Any line, I'm thinking, "You are a jackass while you are doing this.

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"You have to do this like a jackass."

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You're a mean, green fighting machine.

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We'll scare anybody that crosses us.

0:19:040:19:06

What? Ha ha! I know you're not talking about our swamp.

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I'm already starting to feel nauseous from memories of wedgies.

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I'm focused four movies through.

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Never once do you sit and watch and go, "He's not like a jackass."

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Each time I say something, you turn and say, "He's a jackass."

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But acting like a jackass isn't the only talent Eddie Murphy possesses.

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Listen to this.

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# My girl wants to party all the time...

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Yes! Eddie's illustrious pop career included songs like this 1985 hit.

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-What was it called?

-# Party all the time...

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Party All The Time, thanks Eddie.

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He's not the most willing singer in the world.

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It would take him a while to kind of warm-up to it.

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We'd have to have a couple of really good sessions

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and then he'd say, "OK, I'll do it. I'll sing."

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# On the road again # Sing it with me, Shrek!

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# I can't wait to get on the road again...

0:19:560:19:58

-What did I say about singing?

-Well, can I whistle?

-No.

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-Well, can I hum it?

-All right.

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On The Road Again was kind of the beginning of it for him.

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He might have just ad-libbed that.

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So I think he kind of did himself in on the singing thing.

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So, if he had to sing a lot over the course of four movies,

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it's sort of his fault because he started it.

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# Come what may

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-# Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you #

-Where am I? What's happening?

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Quiet down there! Oh, I hate this song.

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Ow!

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# But I made up my mind

0:20:290:20:30

# I'm keeping my baby... #

0:20:300:20:33

When he's pulling that cart, here's the cart radio.

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So we change channels on Donkey.

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We tried to get as many songs out of Eddie as we could.

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# No matter what they take from me,

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# They can't take away my dignity... #

0:20:450:20:49

They're making him drag it, and pull the...

0:20:490:20:52

Like any donkey would have to, he's got to pull the wagon.

0:20:520:20:56

But, as he can talk, they're whipping him and making him sing.

0:20:560:20:59

Argh! # Hit me with you're best shot... #

0:20:590:21:02

I think he thought we were messing with him. He's like, "Another song?"

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So, let's have a quick rundown of Donkey's top tunes.

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# All by myself

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# Any more... #

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# She'll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain

0:21:230:21:28

# She'll make you live her crazy life, but she'll take away your pain

0:21:280:21:33

# Like a bullet to your brain

0:21:330:21:36

# Upside inside out

0:21:360:21:39

# Livin' la vida loca... #

0:21:390:21:41

And it's over to Mike for our number one.

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I will say that my favourite Donkey song is I'm A Believer.

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Thanks, Mike.

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# Not a trace

0:21:550:21:58

# Of doubt in my mind

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# I'm in love, ooh

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# I'm a believer I couldn't leave her if I tried... #

0:22:040:22:08

And Donkey wasn't only one belting out the ballads.

0:22:080:22:12

CLICKS FINGERS

0:22:120:22:14

Ladies and gentlemen... APPLAUSE

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I had Holding Out for a Hero,

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which just terrified me, the idea of singing that.

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# Where the mountains meet the heavens above

0:22:240:22:27

# And where the lightning splits the sea... #

0:22:270:22:30

A lot of editing went into that song.

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They'd literally go, "Yes, we think that word was in tune.

0:22:340:22:38

"Let's try the next word."

0:22:380:22:39

-And then we've got...

-# But you got a have friends #

0:22:390:22:42

STOP SINGING!

0:22:420:22:44

All right, chill out.

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Now, you don't find product placement and movie references

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in your average fairytale,

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but, as we all know, Shrek is no average fairytale.

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The whole thing is basically America in fairytale form

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in the Middle Ages.

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It has so many different levels of in-jokes.

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Yes, there's the in-jokes of Hans Christian Andersen stories,

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but there's also in-jokes

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if you work within the Hollywood film industry.

0:23:070:23:09

# Check it out. #

0:23:090:23:12

Look! They even have their own sign.

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Wow!

0:23:160:23:18

It was fun, you know, coming up with the signage for Far Far Away.

0:23:190:23:25

It presents a really interesting picture

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of Hollywood, among other things.

0:23:280:23:31

It's going to be champagne wishes and caviar dreams from now on!

0:23:310:23:35

Hey, good looking! We'll be back to pick you up later.

0:23:350:23:38

It makes Hollywood look so ridiculous.

0:23:420:23:47

The whole thing is, you know,

0:23:470:23:49

a parallel to this hedonistic beauty-obsessed world.

0:23:490:23:53

Hey, ladies. Nice day for a parade, huh?

0:23:530:23:56

You're working that hat.

0:23:560:23:58

You half expect to see Paris Hilton

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walking up and down, around Beverly Hills.

0:24:030:24:06

It really does feel like contemporary Los Angeles

0:24:060:24:09

full of it-girls and bimbos.

0:24:090:24:11

Then I was like, "I'd rather get the black plague and lock myself in an iron maiden

0:24:110:24:15

-"than go out with you."

-Totally.

0:24:150:24:16

-Pardon me.

-Totally ew-eth!

-Yeah, totally.

0:24:160:24:20

If you just took the time to look in the background of almost any shot,

0:24:200:24:23

there would some reference

0:24:230:24:25

to something that would strike as familiar.

0:24:250:24:27

The mediaeval version of that, you know.

0:24:270:24:30

The mediaeval version of a Starbucks.

0:24:300:24:32

No, no. You great stupid pastry!

0:24:320:24:35

Come on!

0:24:350:24:37

Now, in case you haven't noticed,

0:24:440:24:46

this is not the only use of mediaeval product placement.

0:24:460:24:49

But, due to BBC regulations, you'll have to work them out yourselves.

0:24:490:24:53

There's that famous burger chain.

0:24:530:24:55

If you look closely, somewhere you can buy your ice cream from.

0:24:550:24:58

A high street fashion retailer.

0:24:580:25:00

And a place to get your trainers.

0:25:000:25:03

And the place where... um, well, you get the idea.

0:25:030:25:06

Everything that is in Rodeo Drive is in our Rodeo Drive too.

0:25:060:25:09

Versace shop, everything.

0:25:090:25:12

BBC, it was Rupert who said that, not me.

0:25:120:25:15

And, if you look really carefully,

0:25:150:25:17

you may even spot one - or hundreds - of movie tributes.

0:25:170:25:20

There are probably way more

0:25:200:25:22

film references in the movies than people know.

0:25:220:25:26

I love the satire in it. And the film parodies, really.

0:25:260:25:31

You obviously remember the Matrix one really well.

0:25:310:25:34

Did you also notice The Little Mermaid,

0:25:390:25:42

The Lord of the Rings,

0:25:420:25:44

Spiderman,

0:25:440:25:46

and Zorro?

0:25:460:25:47

Over to you, Antonio.

0:25:470:25:50

He just carves a P on a tree, so from the beginning, there was

0:25:500:25:54

that kind of wink of an eye to a character that I already did,

0:25:540:25:59

which actually gave me great possibility to laughing.

0:25:590:26:03

They're more like homage.

0:26:030:26:06

We're showing our love of other films.

0:26:060:26:10

Like Rumpelstiltskin, as he goes round the table yelling at witches,

0:26:100:26:14

it's really obscure, but it was Robert De Niro moment where he played

0:26:140:26:17

the gangster in The Untouchables, where he walks around the table

0:26:170:26:20

and everyone's very nervous and then he beats a guy with a baseball bat.

0:26:200:26:24

In ours, Rumpelstiltskin splashes water in the witch's face and she melts.

0:26:240:26:27

Does anyone care to tell me what it's going to take

0:26:270:26:30

to get this ogre? You!

0:26:300:26:32

-Faster brooms?

-No!

-Pointier hats?

0:26:320:26:35

-No. You?

-Maybe we could hire a professional bounty hunter?

0:26:350:26:38

No!

0:26:380:26:39

Argh! What a world, what a world!

0:26:390:26:43

Hmm. You know, actually not a bad idea.

0:26:430:26:46

The fairy godmother gets this moment.

0:26:460:26:48

I only saw it... You see it when you see the film.

0:26:480:26:51

You record the song, but then you see the film

0:26:510:26:53

and think, "That's so clever."

0:26:530:26:55

It's the kind of Fabulous Baker Boys moment when she's on the piano.

0:26:550:26:58

# Late at night, I toss and I turn

0:26:580:27:01

# And I dream of what I need #

0:27:010:27:05

Michelle Pfeiffer, keep your heart out.

0:27:050:27:08

It was a movie made by movie nerds.

0:27:080:27:10

Yeah, I guess there is a film geekish approach to that.

0:27:100:27:13

Obviously we love movies - we work on them.

0:27:130:27:15

There were just really appropriate times to do it.

0:27:150:27:17

And here's one Tom Cruise would be proud of.

0:27:170:27:20

No, it's not Top Gun.

0:27:320:27:34

So, we've got a slob for a hero, a tomboy for a princess

0:27:340:27:38

and a donkey that won't shut up.

0:27:380:27:40

And we haven't even met the bad guys yet.

0:27:400:27:43

EVIL LAUGHTER

0:27:430:27:45

Looks like you got exactly what you wanted!

0:27:450:27:48

Oh, I'm scared.

0:27:480:27:50

Excuse me. SHE SHRIEKS

0:27:500:27:52

I wonder who Mike rates as his favourite?

0:27:520:27:56

Do I have a favourite villain? Um...

0:27:560:28:00

I think... I think...

0:28:000:28:03

I don't know, then somebody's not my favourite, right?

0:28:030:28:06

See what I just did? I just did the math of that.

0:28:060:28:09

They're all my favourite. All of the villains are my favourite.

0:28:090:28:12

If you're going to be like that, Mike, let's see them all.

0:28:120:28:15

I am Lord Farquaad.

0:28:150:28:19

Like all fascist dictators, he has this thing about perfection.

0:28:190:28:22

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

0:28:220:28:24

is this not the most perfect kingdom of them all?

0:28:240:28:27

Well, technically you're not a king.

0:28:270:28:30

Uh, Polonius?

0:28:300:28:32

You were saying?

0:28:330:28:35

He has this furious Napoleon complex.

0:28:350:28:38

I'm not sure whether, to them,

0:28:380:28:41

it was an important joke that

0:28:410:28:43

a famously tall man was playing a tiny little tyrant,

0:28:430:28:47

but it was a big joke to me.

0:28:470:28:49

HE LAUGHS

0:28:490:28:52

Huh-hem!

0:28:520:28:54

From tiny tyrants, we go to Mafioso matriarchs.

0:28:550:29:00

She's her own Mafia, in a way,

0:29:000:29:01

because she works for herself.

0:29:010:29:04

We need to talk.

0:29:040:29:07

Oh, hello. Ha-ha!

0:29:070:29:10

Somebody, bring me something deep-fried

0:29:100:29:13

and smothered in chocolate.

0:29:130:29:15

She's so emotionally unfulfilled that food fills that space.

0:29:150:29:20

You force me to do something I really don't want to do.

0:29:200:29:25

Where are we?

0:29:250:29:27

Hi, there. Welcome to Friar's Fat Boy. May I take your order?

0:29:270:29:30

My diet is ruined! I hope you're happy.

0:29:300:29:34

That's a twist on Godfather, and godmother, and so, yeah, she's the

0:29:340:29:39

scary Don Corleone of the fairytale world.

0:29:390:29:44

She's just a pushy mum, you know.

0:29:440:29:47

She just wants that useless son of hers

0:29:470:29:52

to do better, to marry better, to be more like her.

0:29:520:29:56

He will rue the very day he stole my kingdom from me!

0:29:560:30:00

Oh, put it away, junior. You're still going to be king.

0:30:000:30:04

She wants him to be everything,

0:30:040:30:06

but she's, I suppose, emasculated him

0:30:060:30:10

by over-mothering as well.

0:30:100:30:13

We have to go. I need to do Charming's hair before the ball.

0:30:130:30:16

He's hopeless. You know, he's all high in the front. He can never get to the back.

0:30:160:30:20

-You always need someone to do the back.

-Oh, thank you, Mother.

0:30:200:30:23

Yes, that mummy's boy is our next villain.

0:30:230:30:27

Meet Prince charming. No, not that one.

0:30:270:30:30

Prince charming is vain.

0:30:300:30:32

Semi-talented, spoilt...

0:30:320:30:36

Not my fault. Whiny.

0:30:360:30:38

Do you mind?

0:30:380:30:39

He represents one facet, if you like, of the Hollywood celebrity.

0:30:390:30:45

He thinks he deserves much more out of his career than he is actually getting.

0:30:450:30:50

I am the rightful king of Far Far Away.

0:30:520:30:56

And I promise you this, Mother. I will restore dignity to my throne.

0:30:560:31:01

It's very easy for an actor working in Hollywood, me, for example, to relate to.

0:31:020:31:06

-Is that glitter on your lips?

-Cherry flavoured. Want a taste?

0:31:060:31:12

-What is with you?

-But, Muffin Cake...

0:31:120:31:17

Playing a baddie is always fun because they do funny things or they have a good bit of action.

0:31:170:31:21

What you look for as an actor is a piece of action that is memorable.

0:31:210:31:24

It's great fun playing a baddie. There's just one catch.

0:31:240:31:28

I've done lots of villains in my career, and they all end badly.

0:31:280:31:32

I will have order, I will have perfection, I will have...

0:31:320:31:36

Well, in Shrek I was eaten by a dragon.

0:31:400:31:43

It doesn't get better than that.

0:31:430:31:45

When you're out, no, it's very depressing, really.

0:31:450:31:48

Mummy.

0:31:510:31:52

But that's life.

0:31:540:31:56

I was so disappointed when I read the script that she was going to die.

0:31:560:31:59

"Come on, surely she's magic. Surely she'll come back."

0:32:030:32:06

So I made them record me saying the line, "I'll be back."

0:32:060:32:10

Well, she wasn't. Sorry, Jennifer.

0:32:100:32:13

So, there's only one dastardly deed doer left.

0:32:130:32:16

Hello, people, it is I, Rumpelstiltskin.

0:32:160:32:20

We wanted someone to contrast with previous villains.

0:32:200:32:22

They were so great. We said, "How do we compete with those villains?"

0:32:220:32:26

And they were all kind of proper and sophisticated.

0:32:260:32:29

So how do we compete with that? Well, we did the opposite with the last guy,

0:32:290:32:33

and made him kind of ratty and trashy and a little lowbrow.

0:32:330:32:37

Rumpelstiltskin is more of the, he's like a used car salesman.

0:32:370:32:42

He's like a scummy lawyer.

0:32:420:32:45

As you can see, everything's in order.

0:32:450:32:49

So you'll put an end to our daughter's curse?

0:32:490:32:52

And in return you sign the Kingdom of Far Far Away over to me.

0:32:520:32:56

And the big deal for DreamWorks was to get the right voice for the most scheming villain ever.

0:32:580:33:03

We were supposed to have this really big movie star. We won't say their name.

0:33:030:33:06

Ah, sir.

0:33:060:33:09

I said, "So he's Rumpelstiltskin."

0:33:090:33:11

You're going to have to pay for that.

0:33:110:33:14

-Maybe we could make a deal for it, little boy.

-Oh, I'm not a real boy.

0:33:140:33:18

Do you wanna be?

0:33:180:33:20

When I saw the movie I was like, "Who the hell was that?"

0:33:200:33:22

He was...

0:33:220:33:25

Walt Dohrn?!

0:33:260:33:28

"Who the hell is that?"

0:33:280:33:30

That was the big joke.

0:33:300:33:32

You've seen the posters. "Myers, Murphy, Diaz, Banderas, Dohrn?"

0:33:320:33:37

Nice.

0:33:370:33:38

Yes, Walt was the storyboard artist who amazed everyone with his hidden vocal talents.

0:33:380:33:44

-And the rest is history.

-Rumpelstiltskin!

0:33:440:33:49

I started working closely with the director

0:33:490:33:51

and developing this character, how he may sound, how he may look.

0:33:510:33:55

I started writing jokes for him.

0:33:550:33:57

It just developed from there.

0:33:570:33:59

Wolfie, my angry wig.

0:33:590:34:01

Walt struck gold. Walt got the good one, yeah, he did.

0:34:040:34:08

But it's only because he did such a fantastic job.

0:34:080:34:11

He shouldn't have done it so well.

0:34:110:34:12

It's pretty mind-boggling that I got to do a role of that weight.

0:34:120:34:17

He's my favourite character in the picture. He really did a good job.

0:34:170:34:21

How's that for a metaphysical paradox?

0:34:210:34:24

And to keep Walt's superstar feet on the ground, the producers had other ideas in mind.

0:34:240:34:29

-Walt had done scratch track.

-Whoa!

0:34:290:34:31

For those of you that don't know,

0:34:310:34:34

a scratch track is a temporary voice recording used to aid animation in the early stages.

0:34:340:34:39

Glad that's cleared up.

0:34:390:34:40

Walt had done scratch track for almost every character in the film,

0:34:400:34:44

including the little tour guide.

0:34:440:34:46

So we took those from him because we thought it was too much.

0:34:460:34:49

This lovable lug taught us you don't have to change your undies to change the world.

0:34:490:34:53

I replaced his tour. I tried to sound like him cos he's such a funny guy.

0:34:530:34:56

It wasn't as funny as how he did it.

0:34:560:34:58

But we kept his little sign that says walk.

0:34:580:35:01

Walt Dohrn wasn't the only member of DreamWorks to lend their voice to the films.

0:35:010:35:06

Magic Mirror, it's over to you.

0:35:060:35:08

It's time for you to match that voice. Our first voice is Gingy.

0:35:080:35:14

Fire up the ovens, Muffin Man.

0:35:140:35:16

Is it number one, number two, or number three?

0:35:160:35:21

It's Me.

0:35:210:35:23

-Our second voice is Butter Pants.

-Yeah, there are.

0:35:250:35:29

Is it number one, or number three?

0:35:290:35:32

It's me.

0:35:320:35:34

Our third voice is the Big Bad Wolf.

0:35:340:35:38

Oh, boy!

0:35:380:35:39

Is it number...?

0:35:390:35:40

That's far too easy, but take it away, Aaron.

0:35:400:35:43

I did the wolf.

0:35:430:35:45

-You could sound a bit more excited!

-What?

0:35:450:35:48

And now to the most important ingredient of all. Make 'em laugh!

0:35:480:35:54

I think the main appeal of Shrek

0:35:540:35:56

and all the Shrek films is the humour, actually, is the cheekiness.

0:35:560:36:01

It's a thong.

0:36:010:36:03

I think that the writers and the film makers and the animators

0:36:030:36:07

have done a really good job of having it be he who pleases everyone pleases everyone.

0:36:070:36:12

Listen, if we need an expert on licking ourselves, we'll give you a call.

0:36:120:36:15

I always thought it was...

0:36:150:36:18

It was the closest America ever came to creating that amazing phenomenon of the British pantomime.

0:36:180:36:25

-I hate dinner theatre.

-Me too.

0:36:250:36:28

They write real people, real comedy.

0:36:300:36:34

Blue flower, red thorns. This would be easier if I wasn't colour blind!

0:36:340:36:38

It's quite sophisticated comedy, I think.

0:36:380:36:40

Which I think means he has a really... Ow!

0:36:400:36:43

Parents don't get numbed, their brains don't go numb

0:36:430:36:46

from watching just a child's film.

0:36:460:36:49

You have to take me to dinner first.

0:36:490:36:52

Our rule was, if it's really funny, put it in there.

0:36:520:36:55

If it's mildly funny, forget it, it's not worth it.

0:36:550:36:58

Hey, that is unwanted physical contact.

0:36:580:37:01

And so suddenly we weren't doing Disney comedy,

0:37:010:37:04

we were kind of free to be what we wanted to be.

0:37:040:37:08

How many fart jokes, how many ass jokes?

0:37:080:37:12

No-one likes a kiss ass.

0:37:120:37:13

We didn't count, but we were really conscious of overdoing that kind of thing.

0:37:130:37:18

You got to warn somebody before you crack one off. My mouth was open.

0:37:180:37:22

We had to just go really far in pitching the humour back and forth.

0:37:220:37:26

For instance, when Shrek sees the size of Duloc

0:37:260:37:29

and makes a comment on the size.

0:37:290:37:31

So, that must be Lord Farquaad's castle.

0:37:310:37:36

That's the place.

0:37:360:37:38

Do you think maybe he's compensating for something?

0:37:380:37:42

Right, that one's borderline, walking right on the edge.

0:37:420:37:45

"Is he compensating for something?" But it seemed pretty harmless.

0:37:450:37:51

Another one was when Robin Hood meets Fiona.

0:37:510:37:55

Conrad was storyboarding that sequence

0:37:550:37:58

and he came up with all of these awful pick-up lines.

0:37:580:38:01

"What is your dress made of, is it felt?" And she said, "No."

0:38:010:38:04

"Would you like it to be?"

0:38:040:38:06

I'm sure not only were we on the edge. We crossed it with great pride on many, many occasions.

0:38:060:38:12

I had started to work on a scene that a storyboard artist took over

0:38:120:38:16

where one of the fairytale characters is interrogated.

0:38:160:38:21

And I look at the boards when they're done

0:38:210:38:24

and I see that the Gingerbread Man says, "Eat me."

0:38:240:38:28

And I was like, "We can't really say that, can we?"

0:38:280:38:32

-Now tell me, where are the others?

-Eat me!

0:38:320:38:35

I really thought that at the end, Jeffrey Katzenberg would say,

0:38:350:38:39

"Guys, I love what you did but this, this and this has to go.

0:38:390:38:43

"But everything else is going to be great." But no, they kept everything.

0:38:430:38:48

And of course, that was the start of one of the great Shrek comedy moments,

0:38:480:38:52

the Muffin Man scene.

0:38:520:38:54

-Do you know the Muffin Man?

-The Muffin Man?

0:38:540:38:57

-The Muffin Man.

-Yes, I know the Muffin Man, who lives on Drury Lane?

0:38:570:39:02

Well, she's married to the Muffin Man.

0:39:020:39:05

-The Muffin Man?

-The Muffin Man!

0:39:050:39:08

I definitely drew on my childhood for that.

0:39:080:39:11

I remember having, when I was six years old, a little TV.

0:39:110:39:17

And you put a film strip in with a little record.

0:39:170:39:19

And on one side it had the Gingerbread Man, the story of the Gingerbread Man.

0:39:190:39:23

On the other side and on another film strip it had the Muffin Man.

0:39:230:39:27

So all I remember when I was sitting here saying,

0:39:270:39:29

"What do I know about the Gingerbread Man?

0:39:290:39:31

"Well, I know that I used to have a toy with a record.

0:39:310:39:35

"They sang the Muffin Man on the other side." I remembered the lyrics.

0:39:350:39:38

SINGING

0:39:390:39:41

Yes, I know the Muffin Man. Who lives on Drury Lane?

0:39:460:39:50

You know, it was just great.

0:39:500:39:53

But it wasn't always a barrel of laughs.

0:39:530:39:55

Every fairytale quest has its obstacles

0:39:550:39:58

and the making of Shrek was no different.

0:39:580:40:01

I remember, Shrek at the time was the ugly step-sister of the studio.

0:40:010:40:05

It was the film that nobody wanted to work on.

0:40:050:40:07

As if somehow we were all being punished for working on that movie.

0:40:070:40:11

It was a very...historically, famously troubled production.

0:40:110:40:16

-I think it was constantly in jeopardy.

-False starts.

0:40:160:40:19

We put the movie up and went down one path on it, didn't really work.

0:40:190:40:24

We actually tried motion capture on this movie.

0:40:240:40:28

Literally a decade before anybody else

0:40:280:40:31

was talking about motion capture.

0:40:310:40:33

So this went through many fits and starts before it got on its feet.

0:40:330:40:37

When I came onto the film,

0:40:370:40:39

I don't know how many millions of dollars had been spent already.

0:40:390:40:42

We had a couple of screenings that were fairly disastrous,

0:40:420:40:45

and I think we all looked around, when's the axe going to fall?

0:40:450:40:49

But the true low point happened in the early stages of production.

0:40:490:40:53

The film was originally voiced

0:40:530:40:55

by the American comedy legend Chris Farley.

0:40:550:40:58

Very interesting history, because Chris Farley began as Shrek.

0:40:580:41:03

And of course passed away so tragically.

0:41:030:41:06

Chris Farley was the quintessential Shrek character.

0:41:060:41:10

That outlandishness and lovability was exactly right

0:41:100:41:13

for what was the tone and voice of the character.

0:41:130:41:18

In between recordings, Chris Farley died on 18th December, 1997.

0:41:180:41:24

I don't think it set the movie itself back

0:41:250:41:28

as much as I think it set all of us back.

0:41:280:41:31

He was a wonderful man, and we missed him.

0:41:310:41:34

The replacement was found in his former Saturday Night Live co-star,

0:41:340:41:38

the Shrek we know today, Mike Myers.

0:41:380:41:40

I was at the premiere of Saving Private Ryan.

0:41:400:41:44

Jeffrey Katzenberg, he said, you know,

0:41:440:41:48

would you ever be interested in being the lead of an animated movie?

0:41:480:41:53

I said, "What's it called?" And he said, "Shrek."

0:41:530:41:56

-Shrek?!

-I said, "Oh, wow.

0:41:560:41:59

"That's a really bad title!" I said it sounds like somebody throwing up.

0:41:590:42:03

Not exactly the reaction you want.

0:42:030:42:05

But luckily, Mike became the voice of Shrek.

0:42:050:42:08

They found the perfect voice in Mike Myers.

0:42:080:42:12

In all the first recordings,

0:42:120:42:14

which was for a good part of the filmmaking,

0:42:140:42:17

we actually used Mike's natural voice.

0:42:170:42:21

We'd actually animated just about a third of the movie.

0:42:210:42:25

And I showed him the film, which he completely loved

0:42:250:42:30

and was just so complimentary to the filmmakers

0:42:300:42:33

and enthusiastic about the film.

0:42:330:42:36

He said, "Honestly, the least good thing in this movie is me."

0:42:360:42:39

My mum used to read books to me, children's books.

0:42:390:42:43

And she would do different accents from around the British Isles.

0:42:430:42:47

'I thought, I love Scottish people.'

0:42:470:42:49

Poke out your eyeballs and then they'll put Jell-O inside of it!

0:42:490:42:53

Then they'll get a stick and stretch out your nose and snap it back

0:42:530:42:56

and it'll go fu-du-du-du-duh, just like in the cartoons!

0:42:560:42:59

Scottish people are hilarious in that they'll go from,

0:42:590:43:03

"I love you, thank you so much for coming but now GET OUT!"

0:43:030:43:06

They have a great dynamic quality.

0:43:060:43:09

Exactly! No!

0:43:090:43:12

It's a fairytale, it's a fairytale accent, I feel.

0:43:120:43:14

Are you trying to say Scottish people are like ogres? I know where you live!

0:43:140:43:18

It's not like I wouldn't change if I could.

0:43:180:43:21

He said, would you please, you know, allow me

0:43:210:43:25

to present to you a slightly different take on this.

0:43:250:43:28

And so I re-recorded everything.

0:43:280:43:31

Free of charge, I'd like to point out!

0:43:310:43:33

Free? That's a laugh!

0:43:330:43:36

Yes, Mike, you were free. But the reanimating costs, they weren't.

0:43:360:43:41

I thought the initial recordings were an exploration.

0:43:410:43:45

Well, not quite.

0:43:450:43:47

I showed it to Spielberg. I didn't tell him any of the circumstances about it,

0:43:470:43:51

I just said, I want to play you two scenes.

0:43:510:43:54

His reaction was like, what, are you kidding?

0:43:540:43:56

This is 100 times better.

0:43:560:43:58

Stephen Spielberg wrote me a beautiful letter saying...

0:43:580:44:02

which I framed, which is, "Thank you so much for caring.

0:44:020:44:06

"You're absolutely right, it is better Scottish,

0:44:060:44:09

"it does sort of just fit."

0:44:090:44:11

And with that good Scottish influence, aye,

0:44:120:44:15

things started to look up.

0:44:150:44:17

Suddenly it just started to turn.

0:44:170:44:19

And you could feel it, you could feel it,

0:44:190:44:21

sequence by sequence as the storyboard artists pitched.

0:44:210:44:24

I talked with the director pretty soon before the screening

0:44:240:44:28

when they were almost done with it.

0:44:280:44:30

He said, "It's starting to look like this might be good.

0:44:300:44:34

"Keep your shirt on, you might like it."

0:44:340:44:37

When I saw it for the first time, you know,

0:44:380:44:41

with all the bells and whistles on it,

0:44:410:44:43

I went, wow, this is really, really good.

0:44:430:44:46

I still just didn't know.

0:44:460:44:48

We had no idea what it would become.

0:44:480:44:50

There was no preconceived notion,

0:44:500:44:52

there had never been a film like Shrek before Shrek.

0:44:520:44:55

I saw on their video screens what they were up to,

0:44:550:44:58

and it was so jaw-dropping.

0:44:580:45:00

That was the moment when I realised, oh my God,

0:45:000:45:03

this Shrek thing is going to be huge.

0:45:030:45:07

With that optimism, Jeffrey Katzenberg took a risk

0:45:070:45:09

and headed to the Cannes film Festival.

0:45:090:45:11

This was the first animated movie in the Cannes film Festival in 50 years.

0:45:110:45:17

Traditionally at the Cannes film Festival,

0:45:170:45:19

it is very much the arthouse movies.

0:45:190:45:22

You know, it's stuff that critics

0:45:220:45:24

like to scratch their chins whilst they're watching.

0:45:240:45:27

Sitting in our tuxedos, as you can imagine,

0:45:270:45:30

not the most comfortable thing to wear.

0:45:300:45:32

And the lights go down,

0:45:320:45:34

and you're just watching this guy fart and Shrek is being Shrek.

0:45:340:45:39

I was dying.

0:45:390:45:40

Honestly, I just felt myself sinking in my seat as around me...

0:45:400:45:44

it was like, oh my God, I'm dying a slow death.

0:45:440:45:47

Because nobody was laughing at anything.

0:45:470:45:49

I was like, oh God, this is not going to end well.

0:45:490:45:53

This was such a bad decision.

0:45:530:45:54

And I could feel beads of sweat breaking out on my forehead.

0:45:540:45:58

Until the laughs started.

0:45:580:46:00

I saw it in the Cannes film Festival. And it blew my mind away.

0:46:010:46:06

They gave the movie a standing ovation for literally,

0:46:060:46:09

10, 12 minutes, it just went on and on and on.

0:46:090:46:11

So, with a good story in place, all you need now is a happy audience.

0:46:110:46:15

DreamWorks's wishes came true.

0:46:150:46:17

Shrek became one of the biggest films of 2001.

0:46:170:46:21

I think it made, like, 480 million worldwide.

0:46:210:46:25

When Shrek came out,

0:46:250:46:26

it really took a lot of people by surprise.

0:46:260:46:29

I think that they have in total made 3 billion at the box office.

0:46:290:46:36

And then came the gold rush.

0:46:360:46:38

The first Shrek movie went on to win the very first ever

0:46:380:46:41

Academy award for animation which was very, very exciting for our company.

0:46:410:46:46

I couldn't have dreamt something as big as this, you know.

0:46:460:46:51

It's a massive accomplishment for DreamWorks.

0:46:510:46:54

People didn't want to work or have anything to do with us, then there we were.

0:46:540:46:58

My name's on the Oscar, but it's there representing 350 people.

0:46:580:47:04

-And a lot of incredible talent.

-Feel good?

-Yeah, it feels cool.

0:47:040:47:09

To have been in the very first one,

0:47:090:47:12

the one that created the template,

0:47:120:47:14

that's a source of great pride for me.

0:47:140:47:16

Everything about this movie was a miracle movie.

0:47:160:47:19

Who'd have thought all this success

0:47:190:47:21

would have come from an unassuming 32 page book?

0:47:210:47:24

The original Shrek story was written in 1990 by William Steig,

0:47:240:47:28

at the ripe old age of 82,

0:47:280:47:29

proving that when it comes to fairy tales, there is no age limit.

0:47:290:47:33

Boom, that's what I like to hear!

0:47:330:47:35

So Shrek had fought off a dragon, rescued a princess

0:47:350:47:39

and thwarted a tyrant.

0:47:390:47:40

But nothing could prepare him for what he would face next.

0:47:400:47:44

Yep, it's time to meet the in-laws.

0:47:450:47:48

Who on earth are they?

0:47:480:47:50

I think that's our little girl.

0:47:500:47:52

We got to take a journey with these characters from the beginning,

0:47:520:47:56

when they fall in love, to the building of their family,

0:47:560:48:01

this sort of, "What have I done",

0:48:010:48:04

which I think most people who build a family do after a few years.

0:48:040:48:08

And it looked like Shrek was wondering what he'd done

0:48:080:48:12

during this civilised family dinner.

0:48:120:48:14

So, I suppose any grandchildren I could expect from you would be...

0:48:140:48:17

-Ogres, yes.

-Not that that anything wrong with that. Right, Harold?

0:48:170:48:23

Oh, no! No, of course not!

0:48:230:48:24

-That is assuming you don't eat your own young.

-Dad!

0:48:240:48:28

It's a kind of typical sitcom mum and dad, but they happen to be

0:48:280:48:33

king and queen, meeting, you know, boyfriend for first time.

0:48:330:48:38

Happens to be an ogre.

0:48:380:48:39

It's so nice to have the family together for dinner.

0:48:390:48:42

The stories, the messages, the lessons that are...

0:48:420:48:47

that Shrek and Fiona and Donkey are learning,

0:48:470:48:51

those are relative to everyone's life.

0:48:510:48:55

At some point, you know, whether it's just the falling in love,

0:48:550:49:00

or learning about yourself,

0:49:000:49:02

and accepting yourself for who you are, or create a family with someone.

0:49:020:49:06

-You're going to be a father!

-Ha ha ha! That's great!

0:49:060:49:13

-I'm going to be an uncle!

-And you, my friend, are royally...

0:49:130:49:17

FOGHORN BLASTS

0:49:170:49:18

Shrek had been on a journey of love, friendship, marriage and babies.

0:49:190:49:24

So in his final adventure, what could they throw at him next?

0:49:240:49:28

It was hard to teach Shrek another lesson.

0:49:280:49:31

Like I said, he had gone through loving himself,

0:49:310:49:34

accepting himself as a husband and as a father.

0:49:340:49:38

And in this one, it was really about accepting life.

0:49:380:49:42

-BABIES WAIL It's going to be OK.

-What's going on?

0:49:420:49:45

Come on, Shrek, your fans are waiting!

0:49:450:49:47

HE ROARS

0:49:510:49:53

Shrek and Fiona had marital problems.

0:49:530:49:56

So we brought in some marriage counsellors.

0:49:560:49:58

We tuned in and listened to what men go through

0:49:580:50:01

during their midlife crisis,

0:50:010:50:03

we heard how the females respond to it.

0:50:030:50:05

And it was really enlightening.

0:50:050:50:08

And at the same time, we also used them for marriage counselling for us.

0:50:080:50:12

Me and the producer got along a little better after some of this!

0:50:120:50:15

Unable to deal with his midlife crisis,

0:50:150:50:18

Shrek signed a deal with the devious Rumpelstiltskin.

0:50:180:50:20

You signed it!

0:50:200:50:22

He would have one day to relive his old bachelor ways

0:50:220:50:24

in exchange for one day of his life.

0:50:240:50:27

Little did he know the day he gave away was the day he was born.

0:50:270:50:31

Erasing his existence altogether.

0:50:310:50:33

-You don't know who I am, do you?

-No.

0:50:330:50:37

My life was perfect, and I'm never going to get it back.

0:50:370:50:41

Why did you sign it away to Rumpelstiltskin in the first place?

0:50:410:50:44

Because I didn't know what I had until it was gone, all right?

0:50:440:50:47

But, with the help of his friends and family, Shrek got his life back.

0:50:500:50:54

It felt like a really good closing chapter for him.

0:50:540:50:57

And it was 10 years of movies, it was a great way for us to kind of

0:50:570:51:01

put the exclamation point on his story, and on his life.

0:51:010:51:04

So is this Shrek's final chapter?

0:51:040:51:06

In the words of James Bond, never say never.

0:51:060:51:08

Right now, I think he is deserving of a great, long, super-duper vacation.

0:51:080:51:15

We don't have any current plans,

0:51:150:51:17

not to say that some years down the road from now,

0:51:170:51:20

we might not find the right story to bring him back.

0:51:200:51:23

Aw, it's all happy families.

0:51:230:51:26

But hang on! There's someone we forgotten.

0:51:260:51:29

I hope I'm not interrupting,

0:51:290:51:31

but I'm told you're the one to talk to about an ogre problem?

0:51:310:51:35

Yes, the deadly assassin sent out to kill Shrek.

0:51:350:51:39

Now, ye ogre, pray for mercy from...

0:51:400:51:44

Puss! In Boots.

0:51:450:51:48

The first time you see Puss in Boots, I think, is just genius.

0:51:480:51:52

You know, when he rolls up his hat and has big eyes,

0:51:520:51:56

and then he coughs out the hairball.

0:51:560:51:59

HE CHOKES AND COUGHS

0:51:590:52:01

What kind of assassin is this?!

0:52:010:52:03

Hairball.

0:52:030:52:04

Oh my God, I literally fell on the floor laughing.

0:52:040:52:07

Literally, fell on the floor laughing. That I literally did.

0:52:070:52:12

Oh, that is nasty!

0:52:120:52:13

I do a voice for him that is very breathy,

0:52:130:52:16

and he goes like this, "Puss in Boots!" and all this.

0:52:160:52:19

And there I think is where we found the source of comedy.

0:52:190:52:25

-Shrek?

-PUSS PURRS

0:52:250:52:28

For you, baby, I could be.

0:52:280:52:31

He's a fantastic comedy character, Puss in Boots.

0:52:310:52:34

Anything with Puss in I find hilarious.

0:52:340:52:37

He finds friendship in the group.

0:52:370:52:40

It would be an honour to lay my life on the line for you.

0:52:400:52:43

And he forgets what is his purpose in the movie.

0:52:430:52:47

And he says, well, I may belong here. So he finds a family.

0:52:470:52:51

I don't feel any different. I look any different?

0:52:510:52:55

You still look like an ass to me.

0:52:550:52:57

And Puss, like any red-blooded male, has an eye for the ladies. Meow!

0:52:570:53:03

You're the love of my life. As are you.

0:53:030:53:08

And you, and, er... Ooh! Hi. I don't know you.

0:53:080:53:11

But I'd like to. CATS SCREECH

0:53:110:53:13

Oh, what a womaniser!

0:53:130:53:16

Yeah... Yeah, I mean, I wouldn't say a womaniser.

0:53:170:53:23

I wouldn't say that about him.

0:53:230:53:26

But he always has... I would say that he loves, you know, female cats.

0:53:260:53:32

A little bit more than normal.

0:53:340:53:37

And Puss proved such a hit with fans

0:53:380:53:40

he went from sidekick to star in his very own movie.

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The persona of Antonio informed the way we could make a movie.

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Pluck him from the Shrek universe,

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but create a very distinct...

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world for just him.

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If he was cute already in the way he is,

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imagine when he was a little kitty cat,

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with a big head and those eyes!

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So funny.

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When you scratch beyond the fur, you find that he's mischievous,

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and he's got this kind of dark side that actually makes us laugh.

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You made the cat angry. You do not want to make the cat angry.

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So, what's the final ingredient for an everlasting fairytale?

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Leave a giant footprint.

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I travel all over the world all the time,

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and it's amazing how far it reaches.

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And that people constantly say to me how much they love the film

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and what it means to them.

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I got a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame.

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Mickey Mouse had also gotten a star. And I think The Simpsons.

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It's bigger than my little head can hold sometimes.

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Wherever you travel around the world,

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it is one of the most highly admired

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and recognised characters of all time.

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And where exactly do you go from Hollywood?

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-Why, Drury Lane, of course.

-Drury Lane?

-Sorry, John, we've done that gag.

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We mean the real Drury Lane in London, home of Shrek The Musical.

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Shrek The Musical came about via a conversation with Sam Mendes.

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He said, you have the ingredients for a great musical.

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It has a journey, it has a love story, it has a friendship.

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It has a big heroic quest to it.

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And so you should definitely think about making this into a musical.

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We said, OK, if you do it with us.

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It is a character that everybody loves and so much talent

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and creativity has gone into making this character and the story right.

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Eddie Murphy is very big shoes to step into.

0:55:420:55:45

I don't think you can get any bigger as a comedian.

0:55:450:55:48

To be a part of the Shrek legacy is without a doubt

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one of the biggest privileges you could ever have.

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# I got rain

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# I got rain... #

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It is part of this huge franchise

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that has been for 10 years,

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so to kind of even be a little bit involved in that

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is quite an honour, really.

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The journey into the land of musicals is a fitting legacy

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for the world's most famous ogre.

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So there we have it.

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Four magical movies, a swamp full of lovable characters,

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and a whole decade since a smelly, green ogre came crashing into our world.

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For the last 10 years, it has been such a blessing.

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I feel so blessed to be a part of Shrek.

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And it's just, it has changed my life.

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I feel privileged that I had the opportunity

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of being part of something that I loved before I was part of it.

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-I'm very proud.

-It's such a smart film.

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You look at something like that - it'll last for ever.

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It's a glorious 10 years of working with the smartest, funniest people in the world.

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And it was all just kind of amazing.

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It's innocent and sweet. They're very touching, I think.

0:56:540:56:58

It was great to be involved.

0:56:580:56:59

They're four brilliant films.

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It really set a standard of what people can do in animation.

0:57:010:57:05

I've been making movies 28 years,

0:57:050:57:07

I've done all different types of pictures.

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The Shrek series is just some of the proudest work

0:57:100:57:14

that I've been involved with.

0:57:140:57:16

I'm very proud of Shrek.

0:57:160:57:17

It's been a pleasure to be associated with something

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where everybody just wanted it to be great.

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That's the greatest gift of the movie,

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how much laughter it has brought to so many people.

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And that's the reward.

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I was hoping this would be a happy ending!

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Well, Donkey, you're in luck.

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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E-mail [email protected]

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David Tennant narrates a celebratory look at how an ogre with a Scottish accent single-handedly changed the face of animation. It features exclusive interviews with the creative geniuses behind the award-winning animation and the voices that brought the story to life, including Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Saunders and Shrek himself, Mike Myers.