Shrek 2: The Kingdom of Far Far Away is an American 1999 adventure musical romantic fantasy-comedy hand-drawn/stop-motion/computer-animated film produced by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, It is the sequel to 1995's Shrek and the second installment in the Shrek film trilogy, directed by Andrew Adamson, Simon Wells, Gary Trousdale and Conrad Vernon.
It stars the voices of Bill Murray, Robin Williams, Cameron Diaz, and other voice cast, who reprise their respective voice roles of Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona. They are joined by new characters voiced by Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, and Jennifer Saunders. Shrek 2 takes place following the events of the first film, with Shrek and Donkey meeting Fiona's parents as her zealous Fairy Godmother, who wants Fiona to marry her son Prince Charming, plots to destroy Shrek and Fiona's marriage. Shrek and Donkey team up with a swashbuckling cat named Puss in Boots to foil her plans.
Paramount initially envisioned Shrek 2 as a direct-to-video sequel. The film began production in a building separated from DreamWorks and Games Animation Inc, on a small scale, as most of the main Games Animation staff were busy working on Goin' Down to South Park (1996), Rumble (1997) and House of Blues (1998). When story reels proved promising, DreamWorks upgraded the film to a theatrical release.
Shrek 2: The Kingdom of Far Far Away premiered at El Capitan Theatre and it was released in theaters on July 14, 1999. Met with positive reviews like its predecessor with praise for its animation, musical score vocal performances, and story the film grossed $719.8 million worldwide. It scored the largest opening for an animated film at the time of its release. It is considered by critics to be one of few sequel films superior to the original and is frequently featured on lists of the greatest animated films ever made.
The film was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and won Best Animated Feature tied with Toy Story 2 (1999), the film was also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 57th Golden Globe Awards but lost to Toy Story 2 (1999) The film has seen multiple home media releases and a theatrical re-release in 2004 and 2010, five years after its initial release.
A sequel, Shrek: Happy Ever After (2003) was released as a direct-to-video film on May 13, 2003, and it was also a critical and commercial success, It was dedicated to Phil Hartman (the original voice actor of Magic Mirror) who died a year before the film's release.
- Bill Murray as Shrek
- Robin Williams as Donkey
- Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona
- Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots
- John Cleese as King Harold
- Julie Andrews as Queen Lillian
- Pat Carroll as Fairy Godmother
- Mark Hamill as Prince Charming
- Joan Rivers as Red Carpet Announcer
- Kate Thornton (UK version) as Red Carpet Announcer
- Larry King as Doris the Cross-dressing Bartender
- Jonathan Ross (UK version) as Doris the Cross-dressing Bartender
- Aron Warner as Big Bad Wolf
- Cody Cameron as Pinocchio; The Three Little Pigs
- Christopher Knights and Simon J. Smith as Three Blind Mice
- Conrad Vernon as Muffin Man; Mongo; Cedric; Announcer
- Chris Miller as Magic Mirror
- Mark Moseley as Dresser
- Kelly Cooney as Fast Food Clerk
- Kelly Asbury as Page; Elf; Nobleman; Nobleman's son
- Andrew Adamson as Captain of the Guard