• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An analysis of Presentational Features in the film "Shrek"

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

An analysis of Presentational Features in the film "Shrek" Shrek, an 'Academy Award winning animated feature film,' produced by DreamWorks Animation had its debut in 2001. Surprisingly, it was based upon William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book entitled 'Shrek' Furthermore, it was a great success because it managed to appeal to all types of audiences. Because the film was extremely successful on its release in 2001 it helped establish DreamWorks as a prime competitor to Walt Disney Pictures. Shrek is an animation film that combines action, humour and romance; these elements make the film very interesting in a unique way. Several features have made this film a great success. In this analysis, a variety of these features and their effects will be discussed. In traditional fairy tales, we expect certain characters such as an innocent beautiful princess, and a handsome young heroic prince. The film nearly always includes a villain to create the tension in the storyline, possibly an ogre or some giant. ...read more.

Middle

Other devices used that break the typical fairytale conventions are the characters; rather than being presented with a charming and handsome prince, we are presented with a filthy looking ogre with unclean. Also that not all princes are good and caring as in the film we quickly learn that the Lord Farquaad is not a traditional prince but is selfish and evil. Furthermore, rather than a shot of a magical palace, we are introduced to the setting of a filthy swamp. This technique of surprise and shock and reverse stereotyping, is not expected as a result it creates humour, in a traditional fairytale. The music is revolutionised from orchestral, classical music to a more up beat and modern tune. Through the techniques used above, the idea of a fairytale has been completely destroyed, constructing a different impression as to how the story will continue. Shrek follows unconventional methods to save Princess Fiona. Firstly, he shakes her instead of kissing her. Before saving her, he does not slay the dragon. ...read more.

Conclusion

The modern language itself creates humour because it is widely used, and people of many ages enjoy the puns and popular jokes. Moreover, the film has many jokes as well, for example, it has several flatulence jokes when Shrek and Fiona are lingering through the woods. Shrek 1 and 2 are unique films in the way the makers have produced and presented the film. I feel that the film makers have used the presentational features, such as humour, music, and types of different languages to reverse what is a traditional 'Disney fantasy' into a funny and meaningful giving film. Shrek shows that not all ogres are evil as throughout the film we can see that nobody is intimidated by our friendly star Shrek even if he is an ugly ogre. Also that not all princes are good and caring as in the film we quickly learn that the Lord Farquaad is not a traditional prince but is selfish and evil. To sum up what I have said in this essay, I would like to say Shrek is a very unexpected, gripping and successful film because of the use of the features that were discussed in this essay. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe essays

  1. My fairytale story.

    said Jordan showing a smile. This was the first time Tara saw Jordan's face properly.

  2. Literary Criticism Analysis

    Lastly, Fiero compares Tessman and Hedda. Hedda's character has many masculine characteristics that help accentuate her rebellious nature towards the role of a stereo typical woman. One example Fiero uses is her interests in subjects which were primarily associated with men in that time, such as horses and pistols.

  1. Victorian Villains

    Bill Sikes drops to his knees, in 'Oliver Twist', to make it easier for him to kill the dog. 'This resistance only infuriated Mr. Sikes the more; who, dropping on his knees began to assail the animal most furiously', this is where he beats the dog for looking at him

  2. Advertisement analysis

    The language used in the second advert is quite different because it contains facts in a very formal style such as, 'Air-whipped formula', which is very scientific language. There are also a lot of appealing words such as, 'Pure Matte Perfection', which creates the image of flawless, perfect skin.

  1. analysing film posters

    A wide variety of people are represented in the posters and the most noticeable would be the central character 'Jesse' who appears on every poster. The audience may assume that she is young teenager who has ambitions to do something she enjoys.

  2. My review of Shrek.The film Shrek is based on a childrens book written by ...

    The screenplay was obviously written with all age groups in mind. Shrek is not on such a lofty plane that children will feel as if they're missing something, but it isn't pathetic in a way that will insult the intelligence of older viewers.

  1. How Shrek Uses Presentational Devices To Reverse Stereotypes

    For example, when Donkey pushes the information button, a jingle starts playing "Please don't walk on the grass, clean our shoes, wipe our..... face!" This is the kind of humour that would appeal to both audiences. Shrek is shown as the complete opposite of what he is supposed to be.

  2. How the film Jaws creates tension

    This still leaves the audience to guess what it looks like, creating fear. Again the shot is closing in on the boy on the lilo from underneath, as with the music is getting louder, creating panic once again for the audience.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work