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May 18, 2007
Produced by Aron Warner, directed by Chris Miller with Raman Hui, written by Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Chris Miller and Aron Warner, distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount. Shrek. . . Voice of Mike Myers Fiona. . . Voice of Cameron Diaz Donkey. . . Voice of Eddie Murphy Artie. . . Voice of Justin Timberlake Prince Charming. . . Voice of Rupert Everett
NEWS
December 15, 2008 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Broadway is going green - and not with the lights producers are changing for newer environmental bulbs, but green for real, as in Shrek. You'd have to be the world's crankiest ogre to resist the witty, charming new musical that opened last night and gives Ugly the ultimate workover. Taken from the late cartoonist William Steig's book and adapted from the first of the Shrek animated films by DreamWorks, which is making its Broadway production debut, the musical is endearing from the start, when the 7-year-old ogre is tossed from his home by Mom and Dad because, well, that's what ogre parents do. He finds himself a swamp and grows (within seconds)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2004 | By Rob Watson FOR THE INQUIRER
The last time we saw our favorite green ogre, Shrek (Mike Myers), he was at a crossroads in life. After years of being single and swamp-bound, he found himself caught up in a grand fairy tale of freeing Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from the den of a dragon. Shrek 2 squashes any hopes the beast might have had of living happily ever after. Fiona's daddy is none too pleased with his daughter's catch, the Fairy Godmother and her son Prince Charming have emerged as new enemies, and a fighting feline, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2001 | David Bleiler and David Gorgos For the Daily News
TODAY SEES THE theatrical release of "Monsters, Inc.," the latest film from Disney and Pixar (the ones who did "Toy Story"). It also sees the latest battle between Disney and (ex-Disney chairman) Jeffrey Katzenberg's company Dreamworks, as Dreamworks launches its 300-pound ogre "Shrek" (VHS: $24.99; DVD: $26.99) onto video on an unusual Friday release date. This pits the likely No. 1 video against the likely No. 1 movie, head to head, with each gobbling up tens of millions of consumer dollars this weekend.
NEWS
September 5, 2001 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Like fireworks in a July storm, the films of summer burst on-screen with a sizzle and swiftly fizzled. North American box-office revenues, boosted by higher ticket prices, were up by 11 percent from last year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Though the number of tickets sold - 546.4 million - was up 7 percent from last year, the figure was 7 percent lower than that of the record-setting summer of '99. Quantity trumped quality as originality was...
NEWS
May 16, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
With his slime-time appetites and don't-bother-me attitude, Shrek, the Grumpy Green Ogre, was the perfect antidote to that eat-your-vegetables cheer of spokesmodel the Jolly Green Giant. Note that I say "was. " As far as the adventures of Shrek go, it grieves me to report that the third time is charmless. Swamp Thing, drafted here to succeed the dying king, is adrift. And his film is becalmed. It's hard being Green, especially when your corporation relies on you to make sure its ledgers stay that color and you're making a movie and you're busy rehearsing the Broadway-bound Shrek: The Musical and preparing the holiday special, Shrek the Halls . No wonder the ogre frowns at the idea of wearing the crown.
NEWS
May 2, 2007
The moral of the story is: It's a confusing world, kids. The release of Shrek the Third on May 18 will bring the usual onslaught of promotional products, including candy, soda and sugary cereal. Grocery aisles will ring with "I wants" from the grade-school crowd. At the same time, television is featuring Shrek public-service ads beseeching increasingly overweight youngsters to "get up and play an hour a day. " Talk about a mixed message. Are kids supposed to exercise before or after downing a Shrek Pop Tart?
NEWS
June 8, 2010
McDonald's customers who bought Shrek -themed glasses at the restaurant chain can return them starting Wednesday for $3 a glass, the company said. McDonald's announced the recall Friday of 12 million souvenir glasses because the glasses were decorated with materials that contain cadmium, a heavy metal that poses health risks. McDonald's said that the Consumer Product Safety Commission says "the glassware is not toxic" and that the recall is being conducted "out of an abundance of caution.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2001 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Let's be frank here. We are a country that has long been plagued by institutionalized "ogreism. " From the cradle we are taught to fear the ogre of fairy tales and folklore who habitually dines on errant children. But, in a triumphant piece of spin-doctoring, the improbable hero of the delightful and hilarious Shrek is an ogre - and that's only the first of many inspired switches in the movie. Shrek is a green-skinned ogre who talks in a Scottish burr, sounding like Sean Connery with a hangover.
NEWS
June 4, 2010 | By Justin Pritchard, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on Shrek-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the burger giant to recall 12 million of the cheap U.S.-made collectibles while expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the voluntary recall early Friday, warned consumers to immediately stop using the glasses, which were made in Millville, N.J. McDonald's said it would post instructions on its website next week regarding refunds.
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NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the end of Collingswood High School's rollicking performance Friday morning of Shrek the Musical , the cast broke into the old Monkees' hit "I'm a Believer," and the audience rocked right along - nodding, dancing, clapping to the beat. But even before that, audience members were far from sedate, aloof spectators - as they swayed to the music, perking up for the songs, clapping hands, some squealing, a few rising to their feet. And that was OK. In fact, it was encouraged. Collingswood's guests that morning were people with developmental disorders and disabilities, and the performance was an example of a growing means of inclusion: sensory friendliness.
NEWS
November 30, 2014 | By Brielle Urciuoli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Though the family has moved from Cherry Hill to Upstate New York, Anita Amidon still takes her two sons, Jake, 12, and Cole, 4, to the Cherry Hill Mall every holiday season to see Santa. This year, their visit was particularly spectacular. Anita remembers the holidays at the mall as a time when children waited for what felt like an eternity to sit on Santa's lap only for a brief second. However, DreamWorks Animation has brought Santa to the high-tech realm at Cherry Hill with its 2,000-square-foot, interactive "Adventure to Santa - a DreamWorks DreamPlace.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, INQUIRER CULTURE CRITIC
Welcome to the perfect lives of playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. He's the 43-year-old screenwriter of mainstream films including the current Oz The Great and Powerful and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole . In recent ventures he has worked with the best of both worlds - Frances McDormand on Broadway and Nicole Kidman in film. He lives in a sprawling Victorian house in Brooklyn with his wife Christine (beautiful) and two children (delightful). He would appear to have left his hardscrabble South Boston upbringing far behind.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2011 | BY JAKE COYLE, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The "Shrek" spin-off "Puss in Boots" landed on all fours, opening with an estimated $34 million to lead the box office. The DreamWorks 3-D animated film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, proved the popular character voiced by Antonio Banderas was a big enough draw outside the "Shrek" franchise. The PG-rated "Puss in Boots" scored with family audiences on the weekend before Halloween and also drew a large Hispanic crowd, which made up 35 percent of its audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2011 | BY ROGER MOORE, The Orlando Sentinel
DREAMWORKS' CUNNING casting of the silky Spaniard Antonio Banderas as a swashbuckling Puss in Boots pays off, brilliantly, in "Puss in Boots," a star vehicle for the nursery rhyme kitty cat from the "Shrek" movies. Thanks to Banderas and his Corinthian-leather purr and THE writers who know how to use it, "Puss" is the best animated film of 2011. This is no mere "Shrek" sequel. There is sex appeal in every syllable, swagger in every line. And even kids get the joke of a voice that sensual and grand coming out of a kitty so small.
NEWS
June 28, 2010
RESEARCHERS AT YALE have found that cartoon characters on food packaging makes kids think the food inside tastes better. Well, duh. Even though there are only a few independent studies about the power advertising has over children (industry research is proprietary), why else would the labeling of foods with toys, TV characters and celebrities have grown so much? Why else would the food industry spend $1.6 billion each year on marketing to kids, according to the Federal Trade Commission?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2010 | By Howard Gensler
AS MOST young people end school for the summer, there's big school news coming out of England. Michael Jackson 's mother, Katherine , has reportedly told Britain's Mail on Sunday that the late pop star's children will attend school for the first time in September. Yes, it will be a private school, but there will be other earthlings there. Prince , 13, Paris , 12, and Blanket , 8, have had private lessons up until now. "Toy Story 3" may be about toys who come to life but the movie's opening brought summer box office back to life with a huge $109 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday.
NEWS
June 8, 2010
McDonald's customers who bought Shrek -themed glasses at the restaurant chain can return them starting Wednesday for $3 a glass, the company said. McDonald's announced the recall Friday of 12 million souvenir glasses because the glasses were decorated with materials that contain cadmium, a heavy metal that poses health risks. McDonald's said that the Consumer Product Safety Commission says "the glassware is not toxic" and that the recall is being conducted "out of an abundance of caution.
NEWS
June 4, 2010 | By Justin Pritchard, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on Shrek-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the burger giant to recall 12 million of the cheap U.S.-made collectibles while expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the voluntary recall early Friday, warned consumers to immediately stop using the glasses, which were made in Millville, N.J. McDonald's said it would post instructions on its website next week regarding refunds.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Shrek Forever After" is about the big green ogre wrestling with the problems of middle age, and though he has a tough time of it, things could be worse. For one thing, Shrek doesn't have to fret about getting fat and cranky. He was already both of those things. And he's already made the biggest decision confronting males of his age - do I wear my pants under my paunch, or over it? Shrek's an under. So how are his problems made manifest? Well, his kids are in his face all the time, and his spouse is a constant, throbbing pain in his rear-end.
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