Once in a blue moon, a sequel obscures the original movie from which it originated. We all know the greats: The godfather, The Terminator, even Toy Story have sequels that give the original a run for its money. Such is the case with the largest animated supernova of the early 2000s, Shrek.
We love Shrek 2 because the movie has the magic of the original, but refreshes the story with a few new characters, rather than weighing down the movie with them like some other sequels (paging Jar Jar Binks).
Shrek 2 has a great story, great animation and a really wild soundtrack (we’re talking Dashboard, Bowie and Nick Cave), but what takes the movie to the next level is the great voice cast. Let’s take off the layers (layers, donkey!), from Shrek 2, and remember why the cast made sense Shrek 2 out of the park, sailing Shrek to franchise success.
For many of us there is none Shrek, Shrek 2, or even Puss in Boots without Mike Myers. However, the Canadian-American was not the first choice for the series; Nicolas Cage turned down the role, while Chris Farley was hired, recorded the dialogue and tragically passed away before he could finish the project.
Myers Shrek the stuff of the legend, and there would be none Shrek 2 without the impression expert. Thanks Mike. We will never look at swamps the same way again.
Cameron Diaz was an easy choice to play a beautiful princess Shrek, but Shrek 2 moved her role into the spotlight and Diaz had to do some serious hard work in the sequel.
Diaz joined the Shrek Released onscreen a year later Charlie’s Angels fell in 2000, and the actress may have peaked during that time Shrek 2 drove crowds to theaters in 2004, a year after the Charlie’s Angels sequel fell in 2003. We think there’s no greater honor than being called back for a cash cow franchise, and Diaz certainly rallied in the early years. Thanks Cam, you make sure that sequels look good.
Donkey is to Shrek like burgers are to chips – you can’t have one without the other. Eddie Murphy took on the role of sidekick Shrek 2 in between starring and producing his own films in the early 2000s, and we can’t thank him enough for taking the time to remind us of the magic of parfaits.
Donkey does not come in so directly Shrek 2 like the original, but he peppers quips & one-liners throughout the sequel, and the spices leave the film with a perfectly balanced finish. Thanks Eddie, we love to see you upgrade from donkey to wild steed.
John Cleese is one of the big names to make Shrek 2 shine, perhaps brighter than the original. He plays Fiona’s father, and the Faulty towers icon is a perfect fit for a dad who believes that no man (0r ogre) is good enough for his little girl.
In the sequel, Cleese plays an even bigger role than some of the side characters Shrek, and the trained comedy actor shows off his stuff with ease. Thanks John, there wouldn’t be Shrek 2 without you.
It’s not outrageous to say that Antonio Banderas de Shrek franchise. Nowhere was the film series more energetic than with the addition of Banderas’ Puss in Boots in Shrek 2.
The audience went crazy for the cute screen cat back then Shrek 2 so much so that he may have overshadowed their love for Shrek & Donkey. Don’t think so? Then why did he grab the title and the lead role of the latest? Shrek movie? Thank you Antonio – without you we might not have hope for another Shrek movie, which can’t come fast enough.
Did we omit your favorite cast member? Shrek 2? Are you a Shrek purist who would live happily ever after as all copies of Shrek 2 ended up in the dollar bin? Let us know in the comments!
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