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Shrek 2 (2004)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Shrek 2 (2004)

In the popular blockbuster sequel:

  • the pre-opening credits sequence in which effeminate, narcissistic Prince Charming (voice of Rupert Everett) stormed the Dragon's castle tower believing that he was rescuing Princess Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) - but found the Big Bad Wolf (dressed in grandmother's clothing), reading Pork Illustrated
  • the opening credits sequence highlighting Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) and Fiona's honeymoon, with dozens of rapid-fire cultural and filmic references (from From Here to Eternity (1953) to The Little Mermaid (1989) to The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and visual gags -- all heard to the tune of the Counting Crows' Oscar-nominated song "Accidentally in Love"
  • the "Are we there yet?" scene with an extremely impatient Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy) voicing his boredom in an onion carriage during their journey to Far, Far Away (the Hollywood/Beverly Hills-inspired town with Farbucks and Old Knavery, and other similar stores)
  • the stunned reaction of the crowd to ogres Shrek and Fiona -- punctuated by a distracted dove crashing into the castle wall
  • the Meet the Parents (2000)-inspired strained dinner party with Fiona's shocked royal parents King Harold (voice of John Cleese) and Queen Lillian (voice of Julie Andrews)
  • the plotting Fairy Godmother (voice of Jennifer Saunders) singing the "Fairy Godmother Song" to newlywed Fiona - a bouncy parody of "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • the Fairy Godmother's scheme to kill Shrek and marry Fiona to her rich son Prince Charming
  • the memorable, swashbuckling, Spanish-accented, Zorro-like Puss In Boots assassin (voice of Antonio Banderas): ("Pray for mercy from Puss-in-Boots!")
  • also, the scene of a TV show called KNIGHTS - a parody of the TV show COPS - culminating with Puss In Boots caught possessing an illegal narcotic - catnip
  • Shrek's drinking of a Happily Ever After Potion that turned him into a hunky man (and transformed Donkey into a white stallion to his personal delight - "I'm trotting!") -- as well as Fiona changing back to her original human form
  • the Academy Awards red-carpet parody, complete with Joan Rivers (as Herself)
  • Fairy Godmother's fantastic The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)-inspired, cabaret-style rendition of "Holding Out For a Hero"
  • the giant Gingerbread man character of Mongo (named after Alex Karras' character from Blazing Saddles (1974) and inspired by Ghostbusters (1984))
  • Donkey and Puss In Boots' concluding celebratory rendition of "Livin' La Vida Loca" (with Puss' homage to the chair water-dousing from Flashdance (1983))


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