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An Early SHREK 2 Review!!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Anyone tune in to see the original SHREK last night on NBC? I haven’t watched a theatrical film on broadcast TV since the advent of video. I just can’t stomach what they do to films. But NBC’s big hook last night was the tease that they’d be showing footage from this summer’s SHREK 2. I went to a special presentation of the story reel for the sequel at Dreamworks last year, and they pretty much laid the entire movie out for us. If you liked the first one, chances are you’ll enjoy this one as well. There were some very clever things we saw, and I’m curious to get a look at the finished film as soon as it’s ready.

In the meantime, check this out:


This is the first time I've ever written in, but I had to let the world know I saw Shrek 2 on Sunday night (Feb. 8th). I went searching through your web site to see if anyone else had done a preview of it yet and was surprised to see no one had.

The preview was at the Harkins Arrowhead 18 in Peoria, AZ at 6PM. Security was extremely tight with metal detectors and bag searches for any recording devices. No one knew what we were seeing until just before the movie started and we were all seated. He said we were "one of the first" audiences to see the movie.

My wife and I disagree on what percentages he gave, but I remember him saying the movie was 65% completely animated, 20% animated (no textures or special effects) and 15% storyboarded. Regardless of what he said, those percentages are pretty close. It was a bit strange seeing a movie disjointed like that with the switching in and out of full animation to storyboards, but it was very entertaining.

As for the actual movie, the rundown is pretty simple: Princess Fiona has been invited back to "Far, Far Away" by her parents to see her new husband. It had been assumed by them she had married Prince Charming, the son of the Faerie Godmother. The Faerie Godmother has something on the King to twist him into trying to get rid of Shrek, so the King hires Puss in Boots to take him out. However, after a brief tussle, Boots befriends Shrek and joins him and Donkey.

Shrek has decided to try to make himself better looking because he finds Fiona's diary where she dreams of meeting the traditional Prince. He manages to steal a potion of Happily Ever After (I think that's what it's called) and turns into an attractive human. Donkey also turns into something else, but I don't want to ruin that surpise. :-)

I really enjoyed this movie. I wasn't particularly impressed with the first one, but I wondered if that was higher expectations with everyone I know hyping it up as they did. I think it will definately be a big summer hit, although I can't recommend it to parents with small children due to some of the adult humor (the kind that doesn't go over their heads). The animation and graphic quality was great except for most of the human faces. It seemes really difficult to get that right for these types of movies.

You can refer to me as M.C. Hampster.

This was a very brief reaction. Anyone else go to this screening? If so, write us and let us know what you thought!

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Feb. 16, 2004, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by zacdilone

    More...give us more please! We're starving here!

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Unfortunately, the preview on NBC last night showed what Donkey

    by FrankDrebin

    SHREK 2 rehashes the message of the first movie about not judging by appearances (even though everybody mocked Farquaad for being short). There were no plans for a SHREK 2, but when the first one scored, they rushed into production again without a story. But it might be funny anyway.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Yayyy!! More fart jokes, dated pop culture references and Smash

    by Cash Bailey

    How that piece of shit beat MONSTERS INC at the Oscars is almost as big a mystery as Roberto Benigni beating Ian McKellan.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 4:33 a.m. CST

    I hope this kicks the shit out of Disney AGAIN

    by bunkyboo

    Roy rules!!! Katzenberg's vengance strikes twice! Can you imagine the pressure that Eisner must be applying on the Chicken Little crew?

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Shrek 2 will be funny ONLY IF they...

    by qualopec

    ...have a scene where Shrek asks Smash Mouth, playing themselves, to do a few songs, and they get all excited and say something like, "Great, we haven't done anything since you got married." OK, it could be funny without a scene like that, but man, would it be appropriate.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 4:58 a.m. CST

    "Shrek 2" will be funny if Hulk Hogan voices the badie

    by mbaker

    Do you know the Muffin Man, Brother?

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 7:23 a.m. CST

    So, judging by the trailer...

    by Anna Valerious

    Fiona gets turned back into a human as well? You see, what irritated me about the first movie is that she never got a choice. They were too busy proving a point (Which is all well and good, but still...) to remember the Sir Gervain story. The Princess in that was under a similar spell, but when it came time to break it, her husband answered with "Why don't YOU choose?" Obvious, she didn't want to stay as a hunchbacked, one eyed old lady. AND in the orignal book, the Princess was a monster. She wasn't under any sort of spell.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    Either this guy has really bad taste, or it is a Plant. If you watch the trailer for this film, it looks horrid.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 8:08 a.m. CST

    I have to admit I smell plant. 'if you liked the first one you'l

    by TheGinger Twit

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Why would the trailer make you think Fiona gets turned back?

    by minderbinder

    Every time they show her, she's green.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 1:33 p.m. CST


    by Darth Phallus

    What happened to the original's lesson about acceptance and love even tho she was an ogre, that was the twist wasn't it? Are they just going to negate that? If so, that would suck.

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 9:18 a.m. CST

    THis happens in the 2nd trailer....

    by Anna Valerious

    And I noticed the figure Hasbro is producing is her human form. But really, I get disappointed at cop-out endings. That's why I was so disappointed in the "Bedazzled" remake and "Brother Bear". Worst endings ever.

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 1:20 p.m. CST

    this should be interesting

    by sofalord

    I don't know about you but I like Princess Fiona as a human not as an ogre. I don't buy that SHE would prefer being an ogre either and if Shrek loved her he wouldn't want her being something she didn't like either. So the story is crap from that perspective. She WASN'T an ogre all along was she? Cause the magic spell cast on her said when she met her true love she would be transformed into her true form by a kiss but she stayed an ogre. So...her parents aren't ogres so why should she be one? That didn't make any sense to me. But the jokes were funny and I'm sure S2 will be a big hit. Love John Cleese in just about anything he does.