For years, Shrek was thought of the ugly stepchild of the DreamWorks empire.
The best way director Andrew Adamson noticed it, firm co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg “was going by way 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 type of a bastard baby,” Adamson continued. “It was the island of misfit toys to a big diploma. Everybody who did not work out on one other venture acquired despatched onto Shrek.”
Agreed editor Sim Evan-Jones, “There was at all times slightly little bit of a insurgent spirit in regards to the Shrek gang. There was a shared empathy that everybody needed to do issues in an unconventional means.”
So that they saved plugging away, writing their crude jokes and perfecting their computer-generated animation. And when Katzenberg noticed the completed venture—during 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 would scored one thing actually excessive,” Adamson recalled. “And I bear in mind Jeffrey saying to me afterward, ‘Prepare for this. This will solely occur as soon as in your life.'”