The star attraction on this excellent DVD is of course the Re-Voice Studio, where you
can dub your own voice – or voices – over the characters. You’ll need a
microphone to plug into your computer which has a DVD drive, and you’ll need lots of
time because once you’ve set it up (doesn’t take long) you and your fellow cast
members will be tempted to remake Shrek in your own voice image. The most entertaining
results will come after you’ve stopped mimicking the actors and develop a whole new
voice persona of your own. You can cast your version with a whole new slew on the film.
For example, if you had a mother in law, she could play Lord Farquaad; you will probably
keep the title role, but how about grandma for Princess Fiona; as for the Donkey, the
possibilities are endless. And it’s all repeatable.
The feature is remarkable for not just the interactivity but the lip-synching that it
undertakes for you. I can see this feature as a must on all animation releases: and maybe
even live action !
The Tech of Shrek feature reminds us of the leaps and bounds taken in animation arts
& crafts to make Shrek the exceptional movie that it is. The complexity of the
animation is 10 times what it was in the making of Antz, and when this is applied to the
human-like characters, it is clear why they are so credible for an audience. This above
average doco is an excellent introduction to an understanding of the process that created
the film. It includes detail (like the facts that it took three years of work to make,
uses 1291 individual shots, 63 characters and nearly 40 location) as well technical
information that explains why and how things were done.
There are sound bites from the cast and Cameron Diaz explains how bizarre she felt
watching herself as he screen character. Australian director Andrew Adamson (whose time in
New Zealand at Peter Jackson’s facility has left its mark on his accent) talks about
the great performances from the voice actors as well as the animators who had to match it
The animated character interviews is a fun idea; we see Princess Fiona doing a sound
bite, and Shrek bemoaning the star tasks of press junkets. But for the most fun, turn to
the Swamp Dance Party, with Pinocchio as the DJ. Very cool.
In the games, you can morph different characters’ body parts together; so for
example, you can create a Princess Fiona with Donkey’s legs… You can also play a
droll game of decorating the gingerbread man – variously as a hippy, a sailor, a dog,
The international dubbing feature is a great idea – ideal for a film which relies
more than live action films, on voice actors for character. My only quibble is that
it’s too short and perfunctory.
In the audio commentary by producer Aron Warner and the two directors, we get
easy-to-digest information and making of information as the trio chat and quip through the
film. They provide insights into how scenes and elements evolved, and do so in an
The extras are great, but it is still the film itself that makes this DVD such a
pleasure; we can tell it was made with great dedication and talent – and we can enjoy
it with matching zeal.
Andrew L. Urban
Published November 8, 2001