Shrek- fictional character
Shrek, the animated cartoon character, a giant, green monster whose terrifying appearance belies a kind heart. Shrek is the star of a hugely successful series of animated films.
At the beginning of the 2001 film Shrek, the title character lives as a recluse in a remote swamp in the fairy-tale land of Dulok. When other creatures cross his path, he scares them so that they can be left alone to take a shower of mud and enjoy snacking on slugs and insects. After coming to the aid of a talking donkey, Bus, the donkey, he becomes involved in the ploy of the evil Lord Farquad, who seeks to rule Dullok and rid it of its fairy-tale characters. Shrek eventually saves Dulok and saves the beautiful Princess Fiona, who turns out to be a demon herself. Both fall in love and get married.
In later films, Shrek becomes involved in a web of intrigue surrounding the throne of Far Away, Fiona’s homeland. He must stop an assassination attempt by Fiona’s father, the King, and eventually defend the throne from a coup attempt by the rotten Prince Charming. Shrek later becomes disillusioned with his life and – in a story inspired by Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – is allowed to see what Far Far Away would have been like if he had never lived.
The source of Shrek’s character was the children’s book Shrek! (1990) by William Steig. DreamWorks Pictures acquired the film rights for the character and introduced him to a much larger audience in the hit computer-animated film. In that film and its sequels—Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010)—the ogre was voiced by well-known comedic actor Mike Myers, who gave Shrek a signature Scottish voice. pronunciation was given. Shrek films were known for incorporating pop culture references in a fairy-tale setting. The story and film were adapted for Broadway as Shrek the Musical (2008).