Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow
Just when it looked like Pixar had the CGI toon market wrapped up, DreamWorks decided to get in on the action in 2001 with Shrek, a twisted take on the fairy tale genre that was geared just as much to adults as it was to kids. Focusing on the misadventures of the titular green ogre, Shrek differentiated itself from other animated fare by bringing audiences humor that managed to walk the fine line between sharp and crude.
In addition to a crackerjack script, Shrek features spot-on voice work by Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy. The dynamic between Shrek and Donkey is a great cinematic relationship in the same vein as Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison, but with a much uglier twist. Though the sequels haven't come close to the magic of the original, Shrek manages to stand out as an example of CGI storytelling done right. —JS