Shrek is a Dreamworks animated musical film about a swamp ogre and a princess.
‘Shrek finds his swamp overrun by fairy tale creatures who have been banished by a corrupt Lord Farquaad. The ogre makes a deal with Farquaad to regain control of his swamp in return for rescuing Princess Fiona. With the help of Donkey, Shrek embarks on his quest but soon falls in love with the princess, who is hiding a secret that will change his life forever.’
There have been 4 subsequent films which continue the story and a successful musical stage adaptation.
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Shrek is an anti-social and highly-territorial green ogre who loves the solitude of his swamp. His life is interrupted after the dwarfish Lord Farquaad of Duloc unknowingly exiles a vast number of fairy-tale creatures to Shrek’s swamp. Angered by the intrusion, he decides to visit Farquaad and demand they be moved elsewhere. He reluctantly allows the talkative Donkey, who was exiled as well, to tag along and guide him to Duloc.
Meanwhile, Farquaad is presented with Snow White’s Magic Mirror, who tells him that in order to become a true king, he must marry a princess. Farquaad chooses Princess Fiona, who is imprisoned in a castle tower guarded by a dragon. Unwilling to perform the task himself, he organizes a tournament in which the winner will receive the “privilege” of rescuing Fiona. Shrek and Donkey arrive during the tournament and defeat Farquaad’s knights. Farquaad proclaims them champions and demands that they rescue Fiona. Shrek negotiates to have the fairytale creatures relocated if he succeeds, and Farquaad accepts.
Shrek and Donkey travel to the castle and are attacked by Dragon. Shrek locates Fiona, who is appalled by his lack of romanticism, and they flee the castle after rescuing Donkey. When Shrek removes his helmet revealing he is an ogre, Fiona stubbornly refuses to go to Duloc demanding Farquaad arrive in person, but Shrek carries her against her will. That night, after setting up camp and with Fiona alone in a cave, Shrek confides in Donkey about his frustration with being feared and rejected by others over his appearance. Fiona overhears and decides to be kind to Shrek. The next day, they encounter Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, and Fiona dispatches them easily with martial arts when they attack. Shrek is impressed with Fiona, and they begin to fall in love.
When the trio nears Duloc, Fiona takes shelter in a windmill for the evening. Donkey later enters alone and discovers that Fiona has transformed into an ogress. She explains she has been cursed since childhood, forced to transform every night after sunset and changing back at sunrise. She tells Donkey that only “true love’s kiss” will break the spell and change her to “love’s true form”. Meanwhile, Shrek is about to confess his feelings to Fiona, when he overhears the conversation as she is calling herself an “ugly beast”. Believing that Fiona is talking about him, Shrek angrily leaves and returns the next morning with Lord Farquaad. Confused and hurt by Shrek’s abrupt hostility toward her, Fiona accepts Farquaad’s marriage proposal and requests they be married before nightfall.
Shrek abandons Donkey and returns to his now-vacated swamp, but realizes that despite his privacy, he feels miserable and misses Fiona. Donkey arrives at the swamp and confronts Shrek. During their quarrel, Donkey explains that the “ugly beast” Fiona was referring to was someone else, and urges him to express his feelings for Fiona before she marries, and the two quickly travel to Duloc thanks to Dragon who Donkey had befriended earlier. Shrek interrupts the wedding just before the ceremony completes and tells Fiona that Farquaad is only marrying her to become king. The sun sets as Fiona transforms into an ogress in front of everyone, causing a surprised Shrek to understand what he overheard.
Outraged, Farquaad orders Shrek executed and Fiona detained. Dragon, alongside Donkey, bursts in and devours Farquaad. Shrek and Fiona profess their love and share a kiss. Fiona’s curse is broken, but permanently making her an ogress, the form that she wasn’t expecting, but Shrek still finds her beautiful. They marry in the swamp with fairy-tale creatures in attendance, then leave for their honeymoon.
- Overture/Big Bright Beautiful World — Mama Ogre, Papa Ogre, Shrek
- * Story of My Life — Fairytale Creatures
- Story of My Life (Tag) – Fairytale Creatures
- * The Goodbye Song – Fairytale Creatures
- Don’t Let Me Go — Donkey
- I Know It’s Today — Young Fiona, Teen Fiona, Fiona
- * Welcome to, Duloc? — Ensemble
- * What’s Up, Duloc? – Lord Farquaad, Ensemble
- * Travel Song — Shrek, Donkey
- ^ Donkey Pot Pie – Dragon, Donkey
- This Is How a Dream Comes True — Fiona, Dragon
- Who I’d Be — Shrek, Fiona, Donkey
- * Morning Person — Fiona, Bluebird, Ensemble
- I Think I Got You Beat — Shrek, Fiona
- The Ballad of Farquaad — Lord Farquaad, Ensemble
- Make a Move — Donkey, Three Blind Mice
- When Words Fail — Shrek
- Morning Person (Reprise) — Fiona
- The Arrival of Farquaad — Lord Farquaad
- Build a Wall — Shrek
- * Freak Flag — Fairytale Creatures
- Wedding Procession — Ensemble
- Big Bright Beautiful World (Reprise) — Shrek
- Beautiful Ain’t Always Pretty — Shrek
- This Is Our Story — Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Ensemble
- I’m a Believer — Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Ensemble
Songs from the films
- “Holding Out for a Hero”
- “Accidentally in Love”
- “As Lovers Go”
- “I’m on My Way”
- “I Need Some Sleep”
- “Ever Fallen in Love”
- “Little Drop of Poison”
- “Livin’ la Vida Loca”
- “Fairy Godmother Song”
- “People Ain’t No Good”
- “You’re So True”
- “Disco Inferno”
- “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
- “Hungry Like the Wolf”
- “I’m Too Sexy”
- “I Can See Clearly Now”
- “Sugar Sugar”
- “Hooked on a Feeling”
- “These Boots Are Made for Walking”
- “What I Like About You”
- “My Way”
Shrek Karaoke Backing Tracks