Although it’s hard to believe, comedian Mike Myers was not the original choice for the lead voice of DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek character. Before his untimely death in 1997, comedian Chris Farley was cast to voice the green ogre. Recently, a Shrek story reel with Chris Farley’s voice, along with Eddie Murphy’s voice as Donkey, has surfaced.
“Fire up the ovens, Muffin Man! We got a big order to fill!”
Released three years almost to the date after Shrek, Shrek 2 (May 19, 2004) is a remarkably successful follow-up to the blockbuster DreamWorks film. It remains in the top ten highest grossing animated films of all time and the top ranking of the Shrek features. The 105 minutes really fly by in this film full of familiar Shrek-ish humor, shocking reveals, and awesome character intros “I’m sorry, but the position of annoying talking animal has already been filled.”
Site columnist Jessica Wersky joins Marc to catch up on and discuss all the latest animation news. This episode is full of Disney properties with a dash of DreamWorks and Reel FX.
News discussed this episode: Frozen joining the one billion dollars club at the box office as well as winning the Oscar for best animated feature and a possible ride we’d like to see built at Disney World/Disneyland. Star Wars Rebels character profiles, and a possible new Shrek film in the future.
(Recorded on 03/03/14)
DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg shared some news during a recent interview with Fox Business Network about what’s in store for everyone’s favorite green ogre, Shrek.
In this episode Marc & Matt discuss the animation Oscar winners, films by Studio Ghibli, the Shrek series (& Puss in Boots), as well as the animated adaptations of Dr. Seuss.
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