A group of hunters are searching for a big, green ogre named Shrek. When he sneaks behind them, he puts out one of the men's torches and scares them away. The next day, lots of fairy tale creatures are arrested, including a talking donkey. He manages to escape and tries to live with Shrek, but he doesn't let him... well, for one day, outside. Then that evening, all the fairy tale creatures are scattered everywhere in Shrek's swamp because they were sent by Lord Farquaad. So Shrek and Donkey go out to find him in Duloc. Meanwhile, Farquaad is looking for someone to marry -- Princess Fiona, who is locked up in a castle guarded by a dragon. As Shrek and Donkey arrive, Farquaad starts a tournament involving the knights fighting each other. But when he sees the ogre, he hatches a new plan -- to kill him. And the one who does so would be the champion. The battle begins with Shrek knocking the knights out with ale, and ends with him still standing. Farquaad gives Shrek a quest on rescuing Fiona. Donkey follows him on this quest. To reach the entrance, they had to cross a bridge above a boiling lake of lava. The bridge was also rickety and swinging. As they cross, Donkey accidently steps on a piece, and it falls into the lava. He looks down, and turns around facing Shrek. He moves the bridge, and Donkey backs up and up until he's made it. Then Donkey sees a dragon's eye. The real thing appears and begins breathing fire, and throws Shrek high into the tower where the princess is found. Donkey now learns that the dragon is a girl. But when the three escape, the dragon still chases them out to the exit, and breathes fire at the bridge, burning it. Now they are holding onto it, and escape as the dragon is now stopped by a chain around its neck. Outside, when Fiona sees the real Shrek without a knight's disguise, she finally knows that he's an ogre. But first, she has to sleep in different places before being able to marry Farquaad. Along the way, they meet Robin Hood, whom Fiona fights off. In the end, Shrek's butt has an arrow on it. The next night, Donkey now knows that whenever it's dark, Fiona turns into an ogre. He recommends that she should marry Shrek instead. Then Farquaad appears the next morning, and reminds Shrek that his swamp is back to normal. But when he goes back, he sees Donkey trying to make it "their swamp". Shrek apologizes, and that he and Donkey are now friends. The dragon arrives, and takes them to Lord Farquaad's castle. Before they even get married, Shrek interrupts. Then Fiona sees the sunset, and turns into an ogre again. The guards try to take both her and Shrek away, until the dragon breaks into the window and eats up Farquaad, but belches out his crown. As Shrek and Fiona kiss, they live "ugly" ever after.


Character's name Voiced by Sonic counterpart
Shrek Mike Myers Sonic
Donkey Eddie Murphy Knuckles
Princess Fiona Cameron Diaz Amy Rose
Lord Farquaad John Lithgow Dr. Eggman
Dragon Rouge
Gingerbread Man Conrad Vernon Charmy
Magic Mirror Chris Miller
Pinocchio Cody Cameron
Three Little Pigs Cody Cameron
Three Blind Mice
  • Simon J. Smith
  • Christopher Knights
Big Bad Wolf Aron Warner

In Other Languages

Japanese シュレック
Chinese 史瑞克
Korean 슈렉
Thai เชร็ค

Production timeline

  • April 12, 2000: The release date of the film was announced to be May 18, 2001 instead of June 22, one week after Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
  • November 20, 2000: The official Shrek website was launched.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Teaser trailer USA November 21, 2000
Theatrical trailer USA Q1 2001
Original theatrical USA May 18, 2001
DVD/VHS USA November 2, 2001
DVD/VHS UK November 12, 2001
DVD/VHS South Korea December 27, 2001
DVD/VHS Japan July 5, 2002
DVD (Single Disc Edition) USA August 19, 2003
Blu-ray Disc USA August 30, 2011

This film contained trailers for films like Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Warner Bros.'s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Home video timeline

Main article: Home video timeline for the Shrek series




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