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06/09/2004 Archived Entry: "Shrek 2"

Shrek 2

Reviewed by Laurel Sutton

Ginger and I are going to Comic-Con this summer and I am so excited because, among other special guests, June Foray will be there! June Foray is a legend in the world of voice work her list of credits is a mile long and she (along with Bea Benaderet) did the female voices for all of the classic Warner Brothers cartoons of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. She has 150 voice credits in the IMDB! She was the glue for all the Jay Ward cartoons. All of her voices had depth, and feeling, and were funny as hell besides.

Cameron Diaz, who plays Fiona, is not June Foray.

She is not even Ellen DeGeneres, nor Annie Potts, nor any of the other wonderful female actors who have voiced characters in recent animated feature films. The rest of this review will deal with the other, talented folk who worked on Shrek 2.

I liked this much better than the first movie, and a big part of that reason is John Cleese, who absolutely steals the show as Fiona's father, the King of Far Far Away. His king is silly and spineless and loving and determined and always very English, and is well-matched by Julie Andrews as the Queen. Rupert Everett plays the vain and swishy Prince Charming (a role he was born to play, apparently) and Jennifer Saunders is his mum, the (evil) Fairy Godmother. My daughter, Diabla, thought that Eddie Murphy's Donkey was the funniest thing ever, and Donkey singing "La Vida Loca" with Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas, or Tony Flags, as he's known around here) just killed her. The first half of the movie is all set-up, but it's worth it for the action-packed second half, which was executed so well that I forgot I was watching a cartoon. There are about six million references to classic movies, which your children will not get, but they will make you laugh and laugh.

The coolest thing that happened when we saw it was this: About halfway through the movie, Shrek gets turned from an ogre into a handsome guy (same voice). After about 15 minutes of this, Diabla turned to me and whispered, "Mommy, I want to see the real Shrek." All right, director whose name I can't remember and can't be bothered to look up! You communicated the point of the movie to a four-year-old! Yay!

Oh, and it has a happy ending: Shrek turns back into an ogre and gets to stay with Fiona, and Prince Charming ends up with Larry King. Really.

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I wasn't going to go see this, but now I think I must.

Posted by Ginger @ 06/10/2004 09:40 AM PST

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