Shrek: Dreamworks
April 21, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Shrek 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
93 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/19/04
performer
Cameron Diaz, Mike Myers, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Larry King, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Saunders
director
Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
distributor
Dreamworks Distribution L.L.C.
author
J. David Stem, Joe Stillman, David N. Weiss
genre
Kids and Family, Animation, Action Adventure
We gave it an A-

Shrek 2 is a summer movie we can’t wait to see

RELEASE DATE May 21

WHY WE CAN’T WAIT We still haven’t gotten ogre how much the first ”Shrek” made us laugh.

THE PREMISE Now that Shrek (pictured, played by Mike Myers) has married Fiona (Cameron Diaz), it’s time for him to emulate Ben Stiller and meet the parents (John Cleese and Julie Andrews), royals in a Beverly Hills-like kingdom called Far, Far Away. They’re less than thrilled.

SOURCE The 2001 ‘toon triumph, based on William Steig’s children’s book

THE BACK STORY To keep Myers, Diaz, and Eddie Murphy (Donkey) on board, DreamWorks cochief Jeffrey Katzenberg upped their salaries to $10 million apiece, a record for animated voice work. ”They deserve every single penny,” he told the Wall Street Journal.

BURNING QUESTION Are there enough fairy tales left to fracture for 2007’s ”Shrek 3”?

COME FOR More pop-culture parodies from Myers, Diaz, and Murphy

STAY FOR Antonio Banderas, in full Zorro mode, as feline swashbuckler (and scene stealer) Puss-in-Boots

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