Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001
which, the donkey, looked to shrek for room and board, and the fairy
tail characters; All looked to him for leader ship. Said: That we
are all sheep, who blindly follow, - anyone-. Rather than do the
A point: that
most are afraid-- of taking responsibility, for anything. I like
the fact that, the dragon turned out to be a good girl. a lesson
I liked that
Fiona, was well covered. by comparison. In "Aladdin" Jasmine, spent
the entire movie in her pjs. Real arabian princess; are very modest.
your bro, in christ!
sent with joy and love! ?
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001
From: John West
Quick question, Any idea if "DULOC" has a special meaning in the
movie Shrek? There are the Disney parallels et al ...so with all
the deliberate and some not subtile counterparts in this movie my
kids keep playing I can't believe that the name DULOC was picked
at random. If you know of a better source please let me know...thanx.
just curious.......John West
I truly do not know. Perhaps others will respond to your question.
GOTTA GET REAL
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001
From: "Dave Lamb"
Yo brother dave.
i love Jesus just as much as you do, but man...you gotta be real.
Shreck has nothing to do with Jesus. Sure, i can see how we can
see Him in everything but your interpretation of this movie is unbased.
Now, I loved how you made the point that we need to love people
for their inside and not judge them based on their outside. You
used the phrase, the "magic of truth" and then compared her to the
crucified savior. Yo, magic isnt what it's all about...Jesus doesnt
need magic to show truth and comparing her to the savior...hmm...thats
mildly drastic. But yo, know that i do love your passion in showing
other's Christ's love.
Be blessed brother.
COMFORTABLE IN THE SKIN YOU ARE IN
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001
From: "Mike Parnell"
The thing about
Shrek that I truly liked was that the ending was never about the
princess becoming beautiful, but it was about becoming comfortable
in the skin that your in. As I watched the story unfold, it was
apparent that the quest to find and rescue the princess was more
about Shrek becoming comfortable with his ogreness than it was about
ridding his swamp of the creatures that Lord Farquaad banished there.
to find himself and in the course finds a mate. The princess is
struggling with becoming comfortable with herself because she believes
the false self that walks around in the daylight hours may not be
her final form. If she did she would have kissed Shrek and took
on that final form.
a man out of touch with reality because he thinks that the princess
will bring finality to his life and will add to what is missing.
He is classically in denial as seen by his uncomfortably with his
I saw in Shrek
the truth that God loves the broken and the imperfect. To become,
one must ultimately accept the falleness that is imprinted on all
of us. This comfortability is not acceptance as a cop out or acceptance
as license, but acceptance as a fact of life. Shrek has to come
to accept that he is an ogre and being an ogre is not what he thinks.
Being an ogre means he looks different, he eats different, his hygiene
habits are different. Yet, being an ogre means that he does bleed
and he does hurt and he does laugh.
The choice of
the song, "I'm a Believer," is an arrow back to this ultimate truth
of the film. Believing in the fact that we all are not pretty but
we all are loved and can love in return is a great truth to take
Subject: Shrek Review
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001
Anti-Disney Upon going to see Shrek, I had somewhat limited expectations.
From the trailer,
it looked like your typical Disney-produced drivel. To my surprise,
the theatre was filled with teenagers and adults, not just children,
and I found my optimism for the film growing slightly. Low and behold,
within the first 5 minutes of the film I was pleasantly surprised
with its adult-oriented humor. Let this be a lesson to everyone
(including myself)?never judge a film by its trailer. The animation
of this film was intense. Not intense in a way to take away from
horrible holes in the plot (this movie had an excellent plot, for
a animated feature, very surprising) but intense in a way to add
to the overall visual experience, as eye candy. The voice of Mike
Myers (with a slight accent) is excellent and is well suited to
the character of Shrek, as is the voice of Cameron Diaz (the princess),
Eddie Murphy (the talking donkey), and John Lithgow (Lord Farquaad).
Each individual actor/actress lends their vocal talents, and steps
up to the task beautifully. The plot is so anti-Disney I was both
shocked and overjoyed at the same time; extensive use of Disney
characters throughout the story is simply hilarious, and is clearly
not done to cast Disney in a positive light. The ending, well, it
goes against everything Disney has done. Think "Beauty and the Beast"
without the "Beast" turning into a handsome prince. That?s right,
true beauty is * gasp * from within. Maybe Disney can wrap their
collective heads around that one sometime soon. Overall Shrek is
an enjoyable film, with enough humor for both adults and children
alike, and enough material to make any anti Disney advocate proud.
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2001
From: Tyler Orton
consumption of Disney in family films and children's animation,
"Shrek" can best be described with one word: refreshing.
It appealed to the wide-range of audience members sitting in the
theater. Animated films often seem to rely on jokes about clumsiness
to get laughs out of their core audience, children. In "Shrek"
many of the funnier scenes were actually directed to the older audience
allowing them to be much more satisfied with the ten dollars they
forked over then what one would expect. However since they were
trying to appeal to older audiences they also pushed the borderline
for a PG rating a little but. I'm sure the term jackass was used
at least three or four times. Not exactly the word you want seven-year
old children to be chiming about as they leave the theater. There
was only one downside to this clever, original film. The clichá
misunderstanding between two characters when one overhears a conversation
halfway in the process and simply assumes something else. This seems
to be an important plot point in half the movies that I have seen.
The main theme of the film was to find what is important on the
inside. While it may seem unoriginal when reading about the plot
of the story, the creators go about showing this in a very thoughtful
and entertaining manner. There isn't an age group that will not
enjoy "Shrek", which will help a lot when trying to choose
a film that the entire family will watch for nearly two hours.
LESSONS FOR ALL AGES
Subject: Shrek Review By
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001
From: "chelsea ."
though Shrek is an animated movie, I would personally say that it
applies more to adults than kids. Despite the content of various
fairy tales, there is some material that only older people would
understand. I think this is a great idea, because they can market
people of all ages, and they all get something out of it. The kids
laugh at the simple jokes and love the neat characters and the adults
see the excellent plot and understand the hidden comedy. The story
line in Shrek is one that holds a lot of value. It takes a simple
message and turns it into a valuable lesson. A lesson about love
and the emotional side, not the physical appearance side. She is
surprised to find that the man who rescues her isn?t a prince but
rather an ogre, and she is quite bossy as to what he is to do. When
they begin to like each other it becomes apparent that the princess
is still hiding something form Shrek. It ends up that the princess
tuns into an ogre at night when the sun goes down, it was a spell
cast on her that when she kisses her true love she will be turned
into her true beautiful self. When they do kiss the princess is
turned into an ugly ogre just like Shrek and this is an incredible
surprise to him and her as well. She was extremely ashamed of looking
like an ogre but this only lasted for a while until she realized
that Shrek loved her the way she was. They both received a gift
from each other and that was themselves. This is the important message
that even though her external beauty was an ?ugly? ogre, she found
true and pure love with Shrek. We should not judge people before
we get to know them because it is important to see the inside of
them, we may learn many valuable lessons. The movie ends happily
ever after just like every good fairy tale does, the small children
get the basics out of this, and the adults really learn some neat
Subject: review of Shrek by nicole cappon
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001
From: Nicole Cappon
I often think that animated films advertised as "suitable for adults
too" really aren't. The story lines are usually simple and sickly
heartwarming, and the only adult aspect of the film is one or two
highbrow jokes that may, or may not for that matter, fly over a
five year old's head. I found Shrek to be delightfully different.
Not only was the animation amazing but the plot and writing were
as well. I was laughing along with the theatre full of kids, and
their parents, when my viewing companion brought me back into happy-go-lucky-kid's-movie
syndrome by attempting to predict the end of the film.
had just been made aware of the fact that the dashing Princess Fiona
becomes a green ogre with a visage similar to that of Shrek's when
the sun goes down due to a previously cast spell. The only way to
end the hideous curse was for her to kiss her true love. My companion
suggested that once Shrek and Princess Fiona shared "true love's
first kiss" not only would she remain a constant human beauty, but
Shrek would become handsome as well. Perhaps all ogres are waiting
for "true love's first kiss" to restore them to what society has
deemed the appropriate way to look. At this I lost it, here I was
enjoying this "child's" film and now I was faced by this possible
heinous ending. I wanted Shrek to remain the ogre he was, I didn't
want that theatre full of kids to go home and think that people
can only fall in love with each other if they look like Ken and
Barbie. These two had already fallen in love in spite of the way
either of them looked, why ruin it now with a stereotypical ending.
As the kiss was shared I waited with baited breath to see if my
friend's apocalyptic prediction would come true (by now I was extremely
convinced that it would).
fears were laid to rest, as Princess Fiona remained an ogre and
proceeded to marry Shrek. Yes, that's right, the movie defined true
beauty as being on the inside of a person instead of the outside.
A little sappy, I know, but it was definitely a favorable ending,
I found myself not caring who looked like what so long as they were
together in the end. The movie kept my attention and kept me laughing,
it even had an enjoyable message within it.
has a plan for us all, and our ignoring it because of the way it
looks on the outside, is a stupid and selfish reason for not doing
something. If we follow his path he will provide for us. Shrek and
Fiona took the chance that things may not go perfectly, or end happily
ever after, and so must we. The Lord knows what he is doing and
we must trust in him.
BEAUTY IS MORE THAN PHYSICAL BEAUTY
Subject: review.. Shrek
Date: Mon, 28 May 2001
Shrek is an
animation that not only been attractive to kids, but also the adults.
It describes how the true love between lovers can make the physical
outside looking not that important anymore. Sort of similar Beauty
and the Beast, it sends out an educational message to its audience
that physical looking is not as important as spiritual ones. It
is necessary to let kids know that dating with a girl/guy is not
because him/her has good looking, but love someone because of their
characters. At the end of the movie, after the princess kissed Shrek,
she thought that she was going to turn back to a beauty after all;
however, she didn't. She turns in to an ugly green ogre like Shrek.
But it won't be a big deal for her after all, since she found her
value by knowing that Shrek, the one she loves, loves her too. Shrek
must also receive self-confidence from her love. We have to be patient
until the day we meet the one that is given by God. God will put
a voice in our heart that telling us that he/she is that Mr./Ms.
Right. The wedding takes place in a cathedral, where the princess
kissed with her only true love, Shrek. God blesses their love; they
will have comfort in each other. The movie also talks about the
importance that we better not judge a person before we just get
to know him/her. This is a beautiful thing to know in our life;
otherwise we will miss a lot of good friends, or even the true love.
Shrek teaches us many ways to do God's will.