Think you know everything about Shrek? We’ve got a few facts here that may or may not blow your mind. Between the movie and Shrek the Musical, there’s a lot to know, and we’ve dug up more than a few fun things to know and maybe use as conversation starter at your next party.
1. Mike Myers was not the 1st Shrek in the animated movies.
Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek in 1996. Farley had most of the dialogue for the movie recorded when he tragically passed away. The producers and directors went on to cast Mike Myers. The rest is history!
2. First came the book…then came the movie… and then the musical!
The 2001 movie is based on a children’s novel written by William Steig. Shrek 2 was dedicated to the author who started all!
3. All the way to the Oscars!
Animated films were not considered for any Academy Award recognition. In 2001, the Academy decided to create the “Best Animated Feature” making Shrek the first ever animated movies to be recognized in the history of the academy awards! Take that Monsters, Inc!
4. Shrek initially had a Canadian accent! HUH?!
Mike Myers begun recording in a Canadian accent and then realized half way through: “I always thought that Shrek was raised working class. And since Lord Farquaad was played English, I thought of Scottish.”. The change cost DreamWorks Animation more than 5 million dollars which is a lot, even for DreamWorks. But who cares? No big deal! They made over 1 billion dollars on the entirety of the movie series…BAAM!
5. What are the names of Shrek and Fiona’s children?
Fergus, Farkle and Felicia. So cute!
6. Shrek The Musical has been performed all over the world.
After a long run on Broadway, Shrek was made available to the rest of the world. And many jumped at the opportunity! England, Asia, Poland, Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Brazil, the Philippines, Estonia, Israel, Sweden, Panama, Denmark…you name it, they performed it!
7. Shrek The Musical dominated Award Season 2009!!!
And the Playhouse is bringing it to YOU! Don’t miss it!
TICKETS can be purchased online at duluthplayhouse.org, by calling 218.733.7555, or stopping by in-person. Don’t wait! We know in our bones this show is going to sell-out, so don’t depend on buying your tickets at the door the day of the show!