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THERE ARE times when you go for a film expecting nothing and you come away with a big smile - because it has filled you with such a happy feeling. You know that it is a fairy tale but you love it nevertheless. Emotions such as love, friendship and optimism are given their display through this tale with a difference, done beautifully at that.

Shrek (voice given by Mike Myers) is this ogre - he is ugly, huge and frightening- and that is how he is looked at and shunned by people. But once a talking donkey (Eddie Murphy) with nowhere to go befriends him, adventure begins for both.

Based on a children's book by William Steig, the story is about this cynical no nonsense Shrek whose world is invaded by `annoying' fairy tale characters. There are three blind mice in his food, a big bad wolf in his bed three little pigs and more, all banished from their kingdom by the evil lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home and his own, Shrek makes a deal with Farquaad to rescue the beautiful princess Fiona to be Farquaad's bride. And you have the wisecracking donkey who will do anything for Shrek except shut up. Rescuing the princess from the fire breathing dragon is the tough part- what happens after is what makes life so different for Shrek.

Someof the lines are so funny and sweet that you find yourself quite gripped till the last frame. The animation is of course flawlessly done with expressions and movements of the characters seeming endearingly real. Andrew Adamson and Victoria Jenson have directed this Paramount venture. Thoroughly enjoyable.


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