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1. Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek and even recorded the dialogue. However, after his death, the role was given to fellow Saturday Night Live performer, Mike Myers. A remnant of Farley remains when Shrek uses "finger quotes" - a trademark of Farley's character Matt Foley.

2. Donkey was modeled after Pericles (aka Perry), a real life miniature donkey who lives in Barron Park, Palo Alto, California. The people from Pacific Data Images/DreamWorks did an online search for a donkey to study, and found one right in their neighborhood.

3. The principal actors never met each other. All read their parts separately, with a reader feeding them the lines.

4. In Yiddish, Shrek means monster (from the German for terror or fright).

5. Mike Myers says that he based Shrek's accent on the voice his mother used when reading him bedtime stories as a child.

6. According to director, Andrew Adamson, Shrek's height varies between seven and eight feet depending on who you ask. He was 7 feet and since then he's grown in people's minds, and now he's usually referred to as 8 feet.

7. Jim Lange, the original host of The Dating Game (1965) as well as Jimmy Fallon recorded the voice of the magic mirror. However, no one could top Chris Miller, a storyboard artist, whose voice was in the temp track.

8. Although he's supposed to a hooved animal, Donkey's movements are instead based on those of a dog, except in the chase scene early in the film (Shrek 1), during which Donkey's movements are based on those of a rabbit.

9. Mike Myers actually read opposite his wife Robin when recording his lines for the climactic love scene at the end of the movie. (Shrek 1)

10. There are 36 unique locations in Shrek 1 - more than any other computer-animated film.

11. Computer animation production started on the project on October 31, 1996 and took more than four and a half years to complete.(Shrek 1)

12. Shrek 1 was the first winner for the inaugural Best Animated Feature Film category of the Acadamy Awards 2002.

13. The effects department actually took mud showers in order to study fluid dynamic simulation. (Shrek 1)

14. When Art Director, Doug Rogers , visited a magnolia plantation in Charleston, South Carolina to do research into the look of Shrek's swamp, he was chased by an alligator. (Shrek 1)

15. An expert on armor came in to show the animators a variety of armor that they could use as inspiration for both the Rescue sequence and the Tournament sequence. The animators tried on the armor, studied how they moved with the armor on, and also took turns flailing different swords. (Shrek 1)

16. Over 1,000 fantasy characters invade Shrek's swamp at the beginning of the movie. (Shrek 1)

17. 1,250 props and environments were created in the computer. (Shrek 1)

18. The song "All Star" by SmashMouth, heard during the opening credits, was never intended to be in the final cut of the film. It was used as a place holder in test prints until a new song could be found. But test audiences loved it, and the producers kept it in. (Shrek 1)

19. Mike Myers was in New York when they realized that the line "What are you doing in my swamp!" had never been read. So producer Jeffery Katzenberger flew to New York, and had Mike Myers read the line in the back of a limo. (Shrek 1)

20. The Gingerbread Man's legs have been re-attached with little bands of frosting. (Shrek 2)

21. Some of the signs up in "The Poison Apple", in Shrek 2, are:
    a) Unhappy Hour 5-7
    b) No one under XXI admitted
    c) We reserve the right to BEHEAD anyone
    d) Viper's Venom (on one of the barrels)
22. There are numerous references to the King being a frog throughout the movie (Shrek 2):
    He has a painting of his human self-standing over a pond next to his bed.
    His wife reminds him of their first date by the lake, their "first kiss"
    His bedsheets and most of his furniture is leafy green.
    A female frog in the bar asks him, "Don't I know you from somewhere?"
23. Donkey mentions that Dragon's been moody lately, that's a hint that she's pregnant.