For years, Shrek was thought of the ugly stepchild of the DreamWorks empire.
The way in which director Andrew Adamson noticed it, firm co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg “was going by means of his ‘I need to make severe animation for adults,'” Adamson lately advised Inverse. And the flatulent, anti-social, cantankerous AF ogre did not precisely match the invoice. “This was kind of a bastard youngster,” Adamson continued. “It was the island of misfit toys to a big diploma. Everybody who did not work out on one other undertaking received despatched onto Shrek.”
Agreed editor Sim Evan-Jones, “There was all the time a bit of little bit of a insurgent spirit in regards to the Shrek gang. There was a shared empathy that everybody wished to do issues in an unconventional approach.”
So that they saved plugging away, writing their crude jokes and perfecting their computer-generated animation. And when Katzenberg noticed the completed undertaking—through which a repugnant ogre joins a wise-cracking donkey on a quest to save lots of a princess in a send-up of each animated film that got here earlier than it—he was a believer.
“We had one screening the place we might scored one thing actually excessive,” Adamson recalled. “And I keep in mind Jeffrey saying to me afterward, ‘Prepare for this. This will likely solely occur as soon as in your life.'”
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