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Shrek
(2001)
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Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Composed, Co-Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Harry Gregson-Williams

Co-Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 4th, 2001)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. A song compilation album was released at the same time as the film's debut in the theatres.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you don't mind frenetic and unoriginal parody scores that do little to hide their sources of inspiration.

Avoid it... if you're seeking just one of the scores in the franchise, in which case Shrek 2 is a far more cohesive listening experience.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #87
WRITTEN 12/3/01, REVISED 1/20/09
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Shrek: (John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams) Spawning multiple sequels of equally satirical animation, Dreamworks' smash 2001 hit Shrek shakes the bonds of the usual confines for the genre and balances outrageously stupid and juvenile humor with just enough emotional and socio-cultural sensitivity to function. An excess of toilet humor defines Shrek's ridiculously dumb script, but with its own endless parodies of the animated genre (and fairy tales in general), it ranks highly on the likeability meter. The production was assigned a music director to arrange the collection of numerous songs that were decided upon for the film early in the process, and while Shrek's music was largely defined by these placements, an increasing role for the underscores in the subsequent sequels helped shed more light on the work by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams for the original entry. For collectors of film scores in the animated genre, Powell and Gregson-Williams were becoming a pairing as friendly as Shrek and Donkey. By far the most enormous mainstream success of their collaborations, Shrek represented the third partnership between the composers for Dreamworks' animated pictures. In between solo projects during this era that often relied more on synthesizers than large orchestral ensembles, the composers produced animation film scores that were quickly eclipsing the mass of the rest of their other work in popularity. With Antz and Chicken Run both strong and attractive scores in the context of their films, the duo of Powell and Gregson-Williams walked a fine line for Shrek. The storyboards of the film had already been synchronized with several songs by the time of their hiring, and the job of the composers was to integrate enough original underscore and thematic material to connect the spaces between those songs and, in a few scenes, carry the musical load by themselves.

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Average: 3.06 Stars
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Grieg's Morning Mood vs. Fiona in the tower
Abigailian - November 11, 2007, at 9:10 p.m.
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Highly enjoyable
Sheridan - August 30, 2006, at 12:43 p.m.
1 comment  (1867 views)
Songs
Dan - December 5, 2005, at 11:52 p.m.
1 comment  (2302 views)
the reviewer Clemmensen looks nothing like an ogre
Jenny - December 2, 2005, at 6:41 a.m.
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Orchestrations
N.R.Q. - November 2, 2005, at 10:49 a.m.
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Shrek 2 wins Best Original Song award
Donkey - January 1, 2005, at 6:16 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:28
• 1. Fairytale (1:27)
• 2. Ogre Hunters/Fairytale Deathcamp (1:36)
• 3. Donkey Meets Shrek (2:38)
• 4. Eating Alone (1:18)
• 5. Uninvited Guests (2:09)
• 6. March of Farquuad (0:39)
• 7. The Perfect King (1:18)
• 8. Welcome to Duloc (0:34)
• 9. Tournament Speech (0:51)
• 10. What Kind of Quest (2:23)
• 11. Dragon!/Fiona Awakens (2:06)
• 12. One of a Kind Knight (1:19)
• 13. Saving Donkey's Ass (0:43)
• 14. Escape from the Dragon (1:58)
• 15. Helmet Hair (2:08)
• 16. Delivery Boy Shrek/Making Camp (0:48)
• 17. Friends Journey to Duloc (2:42)
• 18. Starry Night (0:58)
• 19. Singing Princess (1:36)
• 20. Better Out Than In/Sunflower/I'll Tell Him (2:11)
• 21. Merry Men (0:43)
• 22. Fiona Kicks Ass (0:29)
• 23. Fiona's Secret (3:02)
• 24. Why Wait to Be Wed/You Thought Wrong (1:59)
• 25. Ride the Dragon (1:37)
• 26. I Object (1:51)
• 27. Transformation/The End (3:26)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive artwork and notation about the film and score written by the co-directors, music supervisor, and Powell.
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