When the evil and diminutive Lord Farquaad decides to round up all the fairy tale characters and creatures living in the land, they escape to Shrek the Ogre’s swamp – the only place they feel safe, as the ogre is one big, mean green dude. But the notoriously solitary Shrek wants his peace and quiet back, so he travels with his wise-cracking sidekick Donkey to Lord Farquaad’s, where he makes a deal: In exchange for retrieving a beautiful princess locked in a dragon’s keep for Lord Farquaad to marry, the little king-to-be will remove all of the fairy tale creatures from Shrek’s home. So Shrek sets off to rescue the princess, not knowing that he will fall in love with her (even though she’s beautiful) and she will fall in love with him (even though he’s hideous). But mistaken ideas are corrected, big ugly secrets are revealed, and lovesick dragons appear in time for a truly happy ending. All of the voice acting is superb. Mike Myers’ Scottish-accented Shrek, Eddie Murphy’s fast talking, big hearted Donkey, John Lithgow’s self-obsessed and perfectly affected Lord Farquaad, and Cameron Diaz’s spunky Princess Fiona are a terrific ensemble, and they keep the laughs coming. The dialogue is snappy, with puns and fairy tale allusions flying left and right. Yet what makes this film truly special is that for all its humor (and there’s a lot of it), it still manages to be about something deep and important – true love, inner beauty, and friendship. Based on the picture book by William Steig, this hysterically funny send up of all things fairy tale (and Disney) won the first-ever Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.