Considered the most famous animated film of all time, Shrek continues to break records 20 years after its premiere and this time it has obtained the title of being the most watched film in Netflix just a few days after arriving on the platform.
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Any pretext is good to remember and relive the best scenes from ShrekThat’s why today we share ten curious facts that you may not have known about the movie that will never go out of style.
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10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Shrek, “Not My Jelly Buttons!”
1. The real meaning of Shrek
The word “Shrek” means monster and comes from the German “Schreck”, which means fear or shock, just what the ogre provoked to the villagers who approached his swamp.
2. Alan Rickman was to be Lord Farquaad
Better known as Severus Snape in the series Harry Potter, Alan Rickman was DreamWorks’ first choice to voice Lord Farquaad. However, this no longer happened due to the actor being busy filming. Harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
3. Nicolas Cage refused to be Shrek
You read that right. Nicolas Cage did not want to voice Shrek as the actor did not want to be remembered by an animated character. Finally Mike Myers got the role, which no one imagined would be so successful.
4. You have your own star on the walk of fame!
Since 2010 Shrek earned his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is one of the few animated characters to have one. So far only Mickey Mouse, The Simpsons, Godzilla, Winnie the Pooh and René the frog have been the lucky ones to take part.
5. It was the first film to win an Oscar Award
The Oscars opened a new category for Best Animated Film in 2001, Shrek was the first film to win this award, where it competed against Monsters Inc. Y Jimmy Neutron: The Genius Boy.
6. Cameron Diaz’s accidental burp
During the recordings, Cameron Díaz accidentally burped in front of the microphone, a recording that was used when Burro says “he’s just as piglet as you.” Both moments, the burp and the phrase, were improvised by the actors and stayed within the film.
7. All Stars was not the original song
Before the film was released, the director introduced the song All stars by Smash Mouth as a tentative opening theme in what they found the ideal. What no one imagined is that the first viewers would love it so much that it finally became the official song and even Smash Mouth took care of the closing song, I’m a believer.
8. A four-year production
The animation team began work on the first film in early 1996, but it took them four years to finish because they wanted an exceptional job in animation, before finally being released in 2001.
9. Ginger directed Shrek 2
Conrad Vernon, the actor who voices Ginger in the English version, co-directed the second film. While Chris Miller, the voice of the magic mirror, was one of the directors of the third film.
10. An extraordinary Spanish dubbing
The entire libretto of the film was adapted into Spanish by the comedian Eugenio Derbez, who also lends the voice to Burro, for that reason both in English and in Spanish the dialogues change a lot.
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No doubt Shrek It is one of the most significant animated films in cinema. Years will pass and it will continue to be one of the funniest stories, with memorable characters and dialogues. So tell us, what is your favorite scene from the whole movie?
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