Once upon a time, there was a lovely princess. But she had an enchantment upon her of a fearful sort, which could only be broken by love's first kiss. She was locked away in a castle, guarded by a terrible fire-breathing dragon. Many brave knights had attempted to free her from this dreadful prison, but none prevailed... But then all four Shrek films were added to Netflix and we all lived happily ever after.
Yup, it's true, all four films from the franchise have been added to Netflix, and fans are nothing short of absolutely buzzing.
The 2001 original followed an ogre called Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) as he reluctantly teamed up with a donkey (Eddie Murphy) to rescue a cursed princess (Cameron Diaz) on behalf of the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow).
It became an instant cult classic, and is surely one of the most quoted movies ever made - not to mention the incredible soundtrack.
The film proved so popular that it spawned not one sequel, but three, with Shrek 2, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After following in 2004, 2007 and 2010.
And now you'll be able to binge on all four, thanks to the good folk over at Netflix.
Sharing the good news, one person tweeted: "Shrek 1-4 is on Netflix so that's what I will be doing this weekend."
Someone else said: "All the Shrek films on Netflix what a time to be alive."
A third wrote: "Netflix added Shrek 1-4 and I can't express my excitement. Ready for a movie marathon."
All four Shrek films are on Netflix, today is a good day pic.twitter.com/yguYMZgL7O- Rebeckah Hird (@RebeckahHird) April 10, 2021
Speaking to the New York Times back in 2010, Mike Myers recalled how he got the role - now one of his most memorable to date.
He explained: "I went to the premiere of Saving Private Ryan, and at the party afterward Jeffrey Katzenberg's daughter and friends were doing the opening dance number from Austin Powers for me.
"I didn't know what to do, because I'm very awkward and very Canadian often. And Jeffrey [the chief executive of DreamWorks Animation] came over and said, 'Would you ever be interested in doing animation stuff?'
"I was really not in the head for it, but I said: 'Yes, of course. Out of curiosity, what's it called?'
"And he said, 'Shrek'.
"And I was like, 'Oh, wow, that's not a really good name"."
Speaking about what it was that ultimately won him over, Myers said of the first film: "It at once paid tribute to the fairy tale and deconstructed it. It also did one great move, which is, the traditional villain of a fairy tale is now going to be the hero. It took that idiom and inverted it. And everything about it is about class. They had me at the uber-concept."
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