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Book Vs Movie Podcast

Book Vs Movie “Shrek”

Book Vs Movie


Yes, it was a book first and the original star was Chris Farley!

Did you not know that Shrek was a book first? Well, it certainly was and the Margos are so excited to talk about the interesting beginnings of the 1990 children’s book by author/illustrator William Steig.

At first, Steven Spielberg (he sure turns up pon the show quite a bit!) bought the rights for Dreamworks and wanted Steve Martin involved. Later on, Chris Farley worked on the film with Eddie Murphy and was 90% done with dialogue when he died in 1997.

Mike Myers came on board in 2000 and a Scottish ogre was born.

The movie, directed by Andrew Adamson, (we talked a bit about him in our “Chronicles of Narnia” episode) stars Myers, Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow became a smash and produced two sequels.

In this episode, we talk about the many differences between the original book & the movie to decide which we like better.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The background of author & illustrator William Steig
  • The basic differences between the book & movie.
  • How the script changed over the years
  • The cast of the movie including Meyers (Shrek,) Murphy (Donkey,) Diaz (Princess Fiona,) Lithgow (Lord Farquaad,) and Vincent Cassell (Monsieur Hood.)

Clips Featured:

  • Shrek trailer
  • “Shrek is like an onion”
  • “Fiona Vs Monsieur Hood”
  • “The muffin man!”
  • Outro music I’m a Believer” by Smash Mouth