The second bit, the talking packaging. It is funny, you press your down on the sign that the gingerbread man is holding (that says press me) and donkey says "Shrek and Donkey on another whirlwind adventure". When this is heard through the built in speaker there is also a light that appears behind donkeys teeth so it lights them up!
When you open the DVD case there is a Velcro pad on the side that when opened reveals a 3d pop up of the characters. The actual DVD case is inside the cardboard covering area around it and is accessed by sliding the DVD case up or down.
Right, now the actual film itself. I thought the first of the Shrek films was really really good and this one is just the same. The only thing I found with Shrek 2 was that the plot was not as strong as the first, but I'm sure this is because this is actually the first time I've watched Shrek 2. But the film is still as funny with famous voice-overs etc. There are a few scenes in the film that are very funny and you will not forget soon (hairball scene?).
The special features are quite good as well. The far far away idol is quite funny as well, which shows most of the characters from the films singing songs that are relevant to them in the story. The far far away idol is judged by no other than Mr. Simon Cowell. He gives comments on what he likes and doesn't like about the singers. After hearing all the songs and judges comments (Shrek, Fiona and Simon) you can pick who you think deserves to win far far away idol, which results in a different ending showing the winning characters celebration.Read more ›
The extra features include interactive voting for the best singer in the "X-factor" contest. There's even a voting form you can print off from your PC. Recommended.
Following on neatly from the events of the first film, Shrek and Princess Fiona are now a couple and so Shrek has to meet the in-laws over in Far Far Away - a kind of fairytale Hollywood - where the King and Queen live. Naturally, Donkey tags along and nothing goes according to plan.
The acceptance of our heroes into this society is was always going to be difficult enough, but with Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother hatching their own plans to ensure a wedding is set-up between the prince and Fiona, it gets a whole lot worse.
The King is caught up in all of this and in desperation turns to sword-for-hire Puss In Boots in order to have Shrek and Donkey dealt with. Thankfully, he sees the error of his ways and teams up with our heroes as they embark on a quest to save the day.
The quota of gags in Shrek 2 is at least on a par with its prequel, and in many cases you cannot help but laugh out loud. Sharp one-liners, preposterous situations and endearing slapstick are the order of the day, and are far more hit than miss.
The voice casting doesn't hurt, with Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz all returning. Antonio Banderas as Puss In Boots is absolutely fantastic and very, very funny, whilst others such as Jennifer Saunders and John Cleese do very solid jobs, fitting in brilliantly with the established cast.
The quality of animation is fantastic, but it is good to see that Dreamworks follow the same ethics as Pixar. The visuals are never more important than the story. They are a means to an end, and an ideal medium for all the sight gags and colourful characters that are crammed in. Repeated viewings reveal new things all the time, and just enhance the fun.Read more ›