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Shrek at 20: How everyone’s favourite ogre changed the face of animated movies

Christopher Holliday, lecturer in film studies, Department of Liberal Arts, King’s College LondonWhile Pixar’s groundbreaking Toy Story often achieves plaudits for the shot in the arm it gave Hollywood animation in the mid-1990s, it’s impossible to ignore the influence of DreamWorks’ 2001 computer-animated hit Shrek.

The grubbier and more sarcastic sibling to Woody and Buzz, Shrek was a milestone for American cartoons that paved the way for a unique brand of animated anarchy and sardonic.

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