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Shrek is a film about an Ogre in a fractured fairytale. It opens with a storybook in an extreme close up shot.

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Shrek Shrek is a film about an Ogre in a fractured fairytale. It opens with a storybook in an extreme close up shot. There is typical fairytale music playing and the book looks very royal. Oddly, there is a narrator with a heavy Scottish accent (Mike Myers), not the sort of accent you would expect in a fairytale. Soon enough, he (Shrek) rips off a page of this book and casual non diagetic music starts playing. Shrek says: "What a load of" and a toilet flush interrupts his next word. This is comedic to all viewers, as adults know what he would have said, and most children find the toilet flush amusing in itself. The opening credits follow. Most fairytales have unique characteristics that categorize them, such as opening with a book, including in the story a prince, princess magical animals and evil characters/monsters. ...read more.

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Soon enough, he says "This is the part where you are supposed to run away!" showing the link to its fairytale roots. When the fairytale characters are being rounded up, we hear and see many fairytale characters in chains and being handed into custody. For example, we see first the 7 Dwarfs in a cage, singing "Ho Hi" instead of "Hi Ho", to show that they are upset about the way they are being treated. Next, we see one of our protagonists, Donkey, with a rope around his mouth being pulled by an old lady. Donkey is seen having a conversation, so we know he can talk. Next, he reaches the front of the queue and the guard asks the old lady to prove he can talk. ...read more.

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Soon enough, Shrek gets angry and asks who will come with hid to Lord Farquaad, the man who issued this. Only Donkey asks to help and our protagonists set off on a quest. Next, Lord Farquaad is introduced. There are shoulder shots used and odd angles including extreme close ups to show mystery about this character. There is also a marching beat used to make him appear important & powerful, whilst combining the aforementioned threatening music with dark colours. It is funny when it is revealed to the audience that Lord Farquaad is extremely short whilst having so much power. The film is highly successful and enjoyed by various audiences of different ages. It uses a range of comedic techniques to make the film amusing to a wide audience. I think that the film is great and I recommend it to anyone that wants to watch something amusing. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Bryn Roberts 10L ...read more.

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