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The producers swear that when they decided to put a Sir Justin Timberlake poster above Princess Fiona's bed, they had no idea that Cameron Diaz had just started dating the singer in real life. Timberlake was given a role in Shrek the Third (2007).
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In Fairy Godmother's (Jennifer Saunders') factory, some workers are putting potion bottles on a conveyor belt. One of the bottles is marked "Fiagra" a play on "Viagra".
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Shrek's face is so expressive because it has two hundred eighteen working muscles in it.
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Antonio Banderas also provided the voice of Puss In Boots in the Spanish and Latin American versions of this movie.
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Jennifer Saunders had a voice coach to help her sing for Fairy Godmother's opening number.
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When Shrek (Mike Myers), Fiona (Cameron Diaz), and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) were leaving for Far, Far Away, Donkey starts singing "Rawhide". Murphy ad-libbed the version that was put into the movie.
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Jennifer Saunders performed all of her own singing in this movie.
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Young artist Butterfly Boucher recorded a new version of David Bowie's "Changes" specially for this movie. Bowie was so impressed with this rendition, that he provided backing vocals on it.
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In the Police montage, the camera following a "white bronco", is a direct reference to the infamous 1994 California highway chase where cops were chasing O.J. Simpson in a white Ford Bronco. The montage's camerawork and overall appearance resembles the appearance of the television show Cops (1989).
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John Cleese and Dame Julie Andrews recorded most of their scenes together at the same time, an unusual practice for an animated movie.
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Antonio Banderas is the proud owner of several cats and studied them scrupulously for his interpretation of Puss In Boots.
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William Steig, writer of the original book, died during production. This movie is dedicated to him.
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This was the first sequel ever nominated for an Oscar as Best Animated Feature.
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Originally, Dragon from Shrek (2001) was to have a major role and turn into a Pegasus when Donkey drank the potion.
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There are some other spoofs of famous signs and stores in the background of Far, Far Away: Burger Prince (Burger King) Olde Knavery (Old Navy) Far Far Away sign (Hollywood sign) Saxon Fifth Avenue (Saks Fifth Avenue) Romeo Drive (Rodeo Drive) Versarchery (Versace) Gap Queen (Gap Kids) Farbucks Coffee (Starbucks) Friar's Fat Boy (Bob's Big Boy) Tower of London Records (Tower Records) Baskin Robinhood (Baskin Robbins ice cream) FFPS (USPS) Barney's Old York (Barney's New York) Abercrombie & Witch (Abercrombie & Fitch) FFAPD (Far, Far Away PD - LAPD/NYPD/NOPD, et cetera).
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The Spanish phrase that Puss In Boots says after he is accidentally thrown off of Donkey (¡Hey tú, pedazo de carne con patas, ¿Cómo te atreves a hacerme esto!?) roughly translates to "How dare you do this to me, you four-legged bag of meat!"
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A couple of kids during a test screening asked writer and director Andrew Adamson what Dragon turned into. Adamson said that Dragon turned into a Pegasus (a horse with wings).
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When Mongo is hit by the flaming catapult ball, his roar is the same roar as the original Japanese Godzilla.
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When Shrek, Donkey, and Puss are escaping Fairy Godmother's factory, Shrek tips over a large container filled with a liquid potion. The potion transforms all of the people on the factory floor. Two people are transformed into Lumiere and Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast (1991).
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When Shrek awakens in the barn surrounded by women, one of the women tells him she fetched him a pail of water. The woman later introduces herself as "Jill", as in Jack and Jill.
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In the scene when Queen Lillian and King Harold are in the castle courtyard doing preparations for the wedding ball, in the distant background, a castle employee is seen climbing a ladder that leads to nothing and falls off just a second before the camera turns away.
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Just after Shrek, Donkey, and Puss In Boots find shelter in the barn after the rain, Donkey and Shrek pass out due to the potion. Just before Donkey passes out he says "I'm coming, Elizabeth!" - this is what Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) used to say on Sanford and Son (1972) every time he feigned a heart attack.
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The potion which Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders) gives to King Harold (John Cleese) to make Fiona (Cameron Diaz) fall in love with the first man she kisses is labelled "IX", making the bottle "Love Potion #9" - a reference to a song by The Searchers, which also inspired a film by the same name starring Sandra Bullock.
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Shrek's human form intentionally resembles his voice actor, Mike Myers.
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Scored the biggest opening ever for an animated movie, topping Finding Nemo (2003)'s $70.2 million opening.
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Some of the signs up in "The Poison Apple" are: "Unhappy Hour 5-7", "No one under XXI admitted", "We reserve the right to BEHEAD anyone", and "NO SKIN NO BONES NO SERVICE".
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Puss In Boots was originally conceived as an English character until it was felt that this would make the character too similar to Lord Farquad from Shrek (2001).
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When Shrek, Donkey, and Puss In Boots are in the bar, Puss is drinking milk. There is a bottle of milk beside him with a label of a bull with curly hair. This is a deliberate caricature of Antonio Banderas, who voiced Puss.
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Fiona's burp during the dinner party sequence was unscripted. Cameron Diaz had been drinking Coca-Cola while recording. In response, Eddie Murphy ad-libbed the line "She's even nastier than you!"
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In the scene where Shrek and Donkey meet Puss In Boots for the first time, when Puss is scratching up Shrek, he bursts from the center of Shrek's shirt and hisses. This is a direct reference to Alien (1979) when the xenomorph bursts from Kane's (Sir John Hurt's) chest in the famous dining scene.
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When Shrek, Donkey, and Puss In Boots come across the Fairy Godmother's factory, Donkey calls it, "The Old Keebler Place", a reference to the Keebler Elves.
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The Counting Crows song that plays during Shrek and Fiona's honeymoon montage replaced a track by Weezer which didn't quite fit to the timings of the visuals. When the Crows came on-board, they had to ensure that their new track did, as the visuals had already been locked down and couldn't be changed.
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Fairy Godmother says, "What in Grimm's name?" - a reference to the Brothers Grimm (Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm), who published collections of fairy tales, including the ones used in this movie.
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The scene when Shrek, Puss In Boots, and Donkey walk in on Fairy Godmother while she's pouring potion ingredients into a large cauldron is a nod to a scene in Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989) when Ursula is preparing the spell to make Ariel human. Jennifer Saunders (who voiced Fairy Godmother) had originally auditioned for the role of Ursula (but was turned down) and was cast for her role in this movie after Steven Spielberg heard Saunders performance on the audition tape.
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The highest grossing movie of 2004.
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Pinocchio's solo on the dance floor during the Ball scene closely resembles Michael Jackson's famous "Bad" routine.
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In the scene where King Harold and Queen Lillian are in talking in their bedroom, Queen Lillian is reading a book called "Kings Are from Mars, Queens Are from Venus" (a nod to the real-life book "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" by John Gray).
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Production began before Shrek (2001) was completed.
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For the "Hair Ball" sequence, Antonio Banderas said that he strained his voice over a long period of time. He was also appearing nightly in "9" on Broadway. The octave range for the musical had to be lowered due to the vocal strain. It also took three hours to record just right.
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When Puss first attacks Shrek, he carves a "P" into the tree - a reference to Antonio Banderas (the voice of Puss) who also played Zorro in The Mask of Zorro (1998). Another reference is when Puss and Donkey are inspecting Shrek's new set of clothes after robbing the carriage, and remark "Not bad. Not bad at all." The same lines were used during the sword fight between Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in that movie.
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In one draft, Prince Charming was a lot more childish and immature and he frequently threw tantrums.
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Some knights in front of the Poison Apple tavern are administering the "close your eyes and touch your nose" sobriety test to the Headless Horseman.
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In the U.K. version, the voices of Larry King and Joan Rivers were replaced by home-grown television presenters Jonathan Ross, and Kate Thornton, though King and Rivers are still credited.
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The Wolf is found reading a magazine named Pork Illustrated with the front page featuring an image of a posed pig in a bikini. This is a spoof of the swimsuit issue of the magazine Sports Illustrated. In the trailers, however, the magazine is "The New Porker".
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This is the second film franchise starring Mike Myers in which the sequel grossed more in its first two weeks of release than the original did its entire box-office run. The first was Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), which grossed more its opening weekend than Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) did altogether.
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As of 2010, this is the second highest rated grossing animated movie of all time after Toy Story 3 (2010).
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In the scene where Mongo is approaching the castle, a frightened group of patrons run from a Farbucks coffee shop across the street into another Farbucks. This is a reference to Lewis Black's comedy routine "The End of the Universe" in which he claims that the end of the universe is finding a Starbucks across the street from a Starbucks. In Houston, Texas, there are three Starbucks located at one intersection.
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While Larry King lent his voice to episodes of The Simpsons (1989), this was the first time that he voiced a character other than himself in an animated movie or television series.
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An initial story concept was to have Fiona's father, King Harold, appear nude throughout this movie, as in "The Emperor's New Clothes".
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A whole new computer animation program had to be created to convey Puss In Boots' fur.
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In the scene where The Gingerbread Man, Pinocchio, the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Blind Mice, and the Three Little Pigs are shocked into silence after seeing Shrek captured on "Knights", the positions of the Three Little Pigs resemble those of the Three Wise Monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) - the little pig with the yellow baseball cap has his hooves over his eyes, the little pig with the train engineer's hat has his hooves over his ears, and the little pig with the straw hat has his hooves over his mouth.
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In the transformation scene, Prince Charming disappears.
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While escaping the potion room, after sliding under the closing door, Puss reaches for his hat. This is a reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), when Indiana Jones reaches for his fedora at the last second under closing doors. Additionally, when the potion barrel is tipped over, this is also a reference to Indiana Jones, where in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), they escape the mine shaft after Mola Ram tells his assistants to tip over a large tank of water. Even more so, Shrek escaping by zip lining is another signature Indiana Jones stunt.
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This is the first movie to have a release of over four thousand theaters in the U.S.
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Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, Oscar nominees for writing the screenplay to Shrek (2001), opted out of returning for this movie as they felt that the basis for the storyline needed to be a traditional fairytale and disagreed with the producers' choice to follow a different plotline.
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Hair is a notoriously difficult thing to render convincingly in computer animation so, to help the animators, a wigmaker came to the studios to educate them in the art of making realistic hair.
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The Gingerbread Man's legs have been re-attached with little bands of frosting.
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A careful look at Puss In Boots' eyes in the famous "doe eyes" scene reveals a reflection of the RE/MAX real estate agency logo and characteristic balloon.
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On the premiere day of this movie in Italy, the distribution agency completely purchased the commercial space of the top seller sports newspaper "La Gazzetta dello Sport". The trademark of "Gazzetta" is that it has been printed on pink paper for more than a century - and for the occasion the issue was released in green paper. Half of the cost of the operation (about one hundred twenty thousand Euros) was given to charity.
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At the beginning of the movie, Donkey says he left Dragon because she was in a really bad mood lately. This hints at her pregnancy, that's why she returns with Donkey's children at the end of the movie.
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When Puss is in the Poison Apple Tavern, he is sitting and drinking his milk. He says that he hates Mondays. This is a reference to Garfield, who had a live-action movie the same year as this movie, as they both are orange tabby cats, and Garfield also hates Mondays.
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This became the second movie in Australian cinema history to gross more than $50 million. Titanic (1997) was the first.
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Fairy Godmother Dama Fortuna was originally created for Shrek (2001), but was cut out.
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Puss In Boots' famous "doe-eyes" scene was an homage to the painter Gig, who was popular in the 1960s and 1970s as an illustrator for children.
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The crowd scene when Shrek and Fiona arrive at Far, Far Away's castle involved over six hundred animated characters.
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There are many references to The Lord of the Rings trilogy in this movie. When Shrek gives Fiona her ring, it comes from the flames and magically slips onto her finger, the words "I love you" then appear on the ring, glowing and in the same Elvish font from The Lord of the Rings. It is also done in the same cinematic angle. The Poison Apple tavern is meant to tip the hat to the inn (The Prancing Pony) seen in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). Also, in Shrek (2001), the mountain where Fiona is held in the castle closely resembles the volcano in Mordor, Mount Doom.
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In the original script, Shrek and Fiona were having a party with their friends after their honeymoon, but this was removed because test audiences were scared of Dragon's pregnant moodiness.
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When Fiona is talking to her dad after Shrek and Donkey meet Puss, her necklace is in the shape of a claddagh, an Irish symbol for love, friendship, and loyalty.
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In the tavern "The Poison Apple", the man with the hook playing the piano is voiced by Tom Waits (singing "Little Drop of Poison") and then again by Nick Cave (singing "People Ain't No Good").
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Before this movie was released, and was in production, DreamWorks released a special presentation at Universal Studios, called Shrek 4-D (2003). It showed Farquaad's soul coming back to haunt Shrek and Fiona, and Dragon and Donkey helping them overcome him. It was originally a plot for this movie, but the writer of the book disagreed on it.
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Most of the paintings in the castle are paintings of real Kings and Queens (example: a famous portrait of young Queen Elizabeth I of England can be seen a corridor).
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While voicing Prince Charming in this movie, Rupert Everett remembered, based on how he failed to voice Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (1991), to sound more arrogant.
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The entrance to Far, Far Away closely resembles the entrance to the Paramount Pictures studio lot. Paramount purchased DreamWorks Animation in December 2005.
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The Fairy Godmother billboard is a parody of the famous Hollywood signs of model Angelyne.
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Virtually all of the promotional artwork produced for this movie during its initial release depicted Puss In Boots wearing his cape, despite the fact that he quickly discards it in his first scene and never wears it again.
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In the Norwegian dub, when Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey drive to Far, Far Away, instead of singing "Rawhide", Donkey begins singing an old Norwegian song of the "Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall"-type, about how many people it takes to pull a root out of the ground. The song fades out with the scene, and then fades back in again, with Donkey having gotten to several hundred people when he messes up the lyrics and forgets where he was in the song. "Oh well", he says cheerfully. "I'll take it from the top!"
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Jeffrey Katzenberg refers to this movie as Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) meets Shrek (2001).
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Lillian Michelson and Harold Michelson were so loved by the animation department for DreamWorks and the movie that the characters King Harold and Queen Lillian were named after them.
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Fairy Godmother is known as "Dama Fortuna". This translates to "Dame Fortune" or "Lady Luck".
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The BBFC gave this movie a "U" certificate for its cinema release in the U.K. Many parents complained about this, as there are numerous occasions where Fairy Godmother says "bloody", which some uptight people consider to be an offensive word.
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When Shrek, Puss, and Donkey are galloping away from Fairy Godmother outside the pub, Fairy Godmother shouts "Thieves! Bandits!" A reference to when Gollum's ring is taken by Bilbo in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit".
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When Donkey and Puss emerge from their hiding place inside the metal cart in Dama Fortuna's factory, Donkey references Puss' "fine Corinthian footwear". This is a reference to the Chrysler Cordoba commercials featuring Ricardo Montalban pitching their "fine Corinthian leather" interiors.
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Puss In Boots is the third character with a different accent to the character in the original tale. Instead of French, it's Spanish, likewise (Robin) Hood's is French instead of English, and Pinocchio's is plain English instead of Italian.
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Surprisingly, John Cleese and Dame Julie Andrews had never met each other before working on this movie.
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In the initial scene where Fairy Godmother sings her first song, the lyrics say: "With just a wave of my magic wand your troubles will soon be gone. With a flick of the wrist in just a flash you'll land a prince with a ton of cash. A high-priced dress made by mice no less. Some crystal glass." She taps her wand and Fiona is in a gold gown. The dress blows up like Marilyn Monroe's famous subway grate scene from The Seven Year Itch (1955).
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The first DreamWorks movie to use the new DreamWorks Animation logo, which was unique to the animated DreamWorks movies, with it being the first one to come under the studio's own Animation Department.
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As Jennifer Saunders was in the midst of filming another season of Absolutely Fabulous (1992), her vocal performance was recorded in England.
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On the DVD and VHS release of this movie, the alternate ending titled "Far Far Away Idol" a parody of American Idol is featured and the characters sing eleven hit songs. In the end, you choose the winner. However, the host of the game, Simon Cowell, will refuse to let any other character (aside from Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss), and he will proclaim himself as the victor. On the VHS release, a link was included to vote for the ultimate champion, who, after only three days, DreamWorks announced that after seven hundred fifty thousand votes, Doris was the winner.
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The pick-up line used by Donkey when the carriage is driving through Far, Far Away - "Hey, good looking. We'll be back to pick you up later" - is taken from a 1970s commercial for Mr. Microphone, which turned any radio or stereo system with an FM tuner into a PA for a hand-held wireless microphone. This line was also used, under very different circumstances, in the Death Proof (2007) segment that Quentin Tarantino directed for Grindhouse (2007).
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This is the only Shrek movie where Lord Farquaad is not seen or mentioned.
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The re-united Pixies recorded a new song together (their first output in twelve years), written by Kim Deal, called "Bam Thwok", which was originally written for the soundtrack to this movie. But DreamWorks chose a song by Counting Crows instead, and "Bam Thwok" ended up helping to inaugurate the European version of iTunes.
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Over three hundred Hewlett-Packard workstations were employed in the making of the movie.
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John Powell, co-composer of Shrek (2001), dropped out of this movie due to working on the music score of Robots (2005). He also dropped out of Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) and Shark Tale (2004) for the same reason.
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Dame Julie Andrews (Queen Lillian) and Jennifer Saunders (Fairy Godmother) worked on Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me film franchise.
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Inflation-adjusted, this is the thirty-second highest grossing movie of all time.
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The is the first DreamWorks Animation to become a franchise.
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Cody Cameron's directorial debut, and his only directorial effort from DreamWorks Animation. All of his other directorial efforts were from Sony Animation, since he joined that company after the release of this movie.
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When Puss is dancing to "Living la Vida Loca" at the end of this movie, he lays back on a chair and pulls a chain that releases a cascade of water over his body. This is a direct reference to a dance scene from Flashdance (1983).
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Prince Charming uses an arrow and a rope to cross through the river of lava. In Shrek (2001), when Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey were escaping from Dragon, the fragile bridge was completely destroyed as they were escaping.
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The last Shrek movie released by DreamWorks Pictures to theatres as a stand-alone company and a distributor for DreamWorks Animation. The sequels after this movie were released by Paramount Pictures.
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This movie's second-highest opening three-day weekend box-office gross was eclipsed by Shrek the Third (2007), and then by Finding Dory (2016).
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DreamWorks Animation's only sequel released on VHS.
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As of 2006, this movie, along with Toy Story 2 (1999), are the only computer animated sequels released on VHS since VHS became obsolete in 2006. Starting with Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) by Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios and CGI sequels after that, all of the others have been released only on DVD and Blu-ray.
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This is the second sequel where a character played by Mike Myers bangs on a window, shouting his lover's name as she embraces another man. The first was Wayne's World 2 (1993).
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When Shrek, Fiona and Donkey first enter Far, Far Away, the camera pans over a distinctive Far, Far Away sign at street level (as opposed to the huge one in the hills that resembles the "Hollywood" sign). The street-level sign is a parody of the official "Beverly Hills" sign that welcomes visitors as they enter the city via certain streets. The sign is also used as the official city logo.
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Both DreamWorks Animation movies released in 2004, this movie and Shark Tale (2004), had characters voiced by David P. Smith, Carlos Alazraqui, and Bill Farmer; and parodied real-life products.
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The last Shrek movie directed by Andrew Adamson.
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The last DreamWorks Animation movie worked on by Cody Cameron before he went to work for Sony Animation while they were still in early production with their first movie, Open Season (2006), in which Cameron voiced a character in it and its sequels, who, like The Three Pigs, has a German accent. Although Cameron voiced Willie in Madagascar (2005) and returned to voice The Three Pigs and Pinocchio in the other Shrek movies.
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The shot of people running out of one Farbucks coffee shop, crossing the street, and running into another Farbucks coffee shop, was based on the real-life intersection of Shepherd and West Gray in Houston, Texas. There are now (February 2020) three Starbucks located on three corners of that intersection.
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This is the first animated movie in history to gross over $900 million worldwide. Fourteen years later, only ten others have achieved this feat. Toy Story 3 (2010), The Lion King (1994), Finding Nemo (2003), Despicable Me 2 (2013), Frozen (2013), Minions (2015), Zootopia (2016), Finding Dory (2016), Despicable Me 3 (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018). All surpassed this movie in the process, though The Lion King (1994) and Finding Nemo (2003) only achieved this because of re-releases.
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Like Wolverine from X-Men (2000) and The Huntsman from Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Puss In Boots had his own spin-off movie. Puss in Boots (2011) is a prequel to Shrek (2001) and this movie, and takes place years before Puss In Boots met Shrek and Donkey. The spin-off followed Puss In Boots as he sets out to clear his name and search for the eggs of the mythical golden goose with help from former friend turned enemy, Humpty Dumpty, and the thief Kitty Softpaws.
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At the beginning of the film, Donkey mentions that Dragon has been "acting kind of moody lately". The Stinger implies that this is because she was pregnant. It also foreshadows Fiona becoming pregnant next movie.
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The second computer animated movie to become a franchise. The first being Toy Story (1995).
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DreamWorks began working on this movie after they finished Shrek (2001), same said for Shrek the Third (2007) when finishing this movie.
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John Cleese and Dame Julie Andrews appeared on The Muppet Show (1976).
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First appearance of Puss In Boots, King Harold, and Queen Lillian.
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Mike Myers (Shrek) created and played British spy Austin Powers in the Austin Powers film franchise which parodied the James Bond film franchise. John Cleese (King Harold) played Q in the James Bond movies The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002).
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Fifteen years before this movie's release, Rik Mayall's best friend and comedy partner, Adrian Edmondson, who is married to Jennifer Saunders (Fairy Godmother), presented the British children's television program Grim Tales (1989), which Rik Mayall, in his own inimitable way, told fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.
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The bottle for the love potion is labelled "IX", in other words, "Love Potion #9".
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Cameo: When Shrek and Fiona are making out on the beach and the waves wash on Fiona; Ariel from The Little Mermaid (1989) washes up on the beach and kissing Shrek until Fiona drags her by the tail and throws her in the ocean.
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When the Knights arrest Shrek, Donkey and Puss, you can see one using a spice grinder - they're getting maced (as in the spice mace).
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Shrek (2001) featured John Lithgow, who also appeared in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) as Blake Edwards, who was Dame Julie Andrews' husband.
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Second time Rupert Everett voiced a villain in a movie. The first time he voiced a villain was when he played the poacher Sloan Blackburn in The Wild Thornberrys (2002).
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In the beginning honeymoon montage, Fiona performs two fighting moves from the Street Fighter series.
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The third movie where Cameron Diaz falls for someone who represents green. The others being The Mask (1994) and Shrek (2001).
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Midway through the film, Shrek, Donkey and Puss encounter the Fairy Godmother in the middle of creating what appears to be a Love Potion. Sure enough, the Fairy Godmother intends to have Fiona drink the potion in order to have her fall in love with Charming after all.
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The ugly stepsister was voiced by Larry King, while in the UK version, she was voiced by Jonathan Ross. Also, in the American version the red-carpet reporter was voiced by Joan Rivers, while in the UK, she was voiced by Kate Thornton.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

There are numerous references to King Harold being a frog throughout the movie: He has a painting of his human self standing over a pond, next to his bed. His wife reminds him of their first date by the lily pond, their "first kiss". His bed sheets and most of his furniture are leafy green. Above his and Queen Lillian's bed hangs a giant tapestry of a pond filled with lily pads. A female frog in the bar asks him, "Do I know you?" He calls Queen Lillian "Lilly" as in lily pad. Fairy Godmother threatens to send him back to the pond if he doesn't get Fiona and Prince Charming together, and fall in love. The King's revulsion to living in a swamp hints at his own living in one. When the King offers Princess Fiona a cup of tea, he tells her that he has changed a lot for her mother. Harold later mentions to Fiona that "people change for the ones they love," and that she'd be surprised "just how much [he'd] changed for [Queen Lillian]." Of course, he means quite literally changing, from a frog into a human.
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When Mongo is drowning in the river, he says to The Gingerbread Man "be good". A reference to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), when E.T. is bidding farewell to Elliott.
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At the end of this movie, King Harold (John Cleese) is revealed to be the former Frog Prince. In an earlier animated movie, The Swan Princess (1994), Cleese voiced the character Jean-Bob, a frog who believes he is really a Prince.
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When King Harold gets zapped by Fairy Godmother's wand, turning him into a frog, at first, all you can see is a pile of clothes and armor, making the characters think he is dead, then, you hear a croak. After that, The Gingerbread Man says: "He croaked." "Croak" is, as well as the sound a frog makes, a slang word for "die" or "death".
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