SHREK (2001) TEN, 6.30PM, PG, FAM­ILY

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

It’s the fam­ily-friendly hit that sparked a string of se­quels and had au­di­ences ap­pre­ci­at­ing that beauty is in the eye of the be­holder as they cheered for an ogre over a prince. This Dream­works flick fol­lows the evil Lord Far­quaad as he at­tempts to be­come king by mar­ry­ing a princess. The only prob­lem is the princess, Fiona, is locked away in a tower guarded by a fire­breath­ing dragon. Too scared to slay the dragon and res­cue the princess him­self, he sends ogre Shrek to do it. But with Lord Far­quaard quickly ru­in­ing his home town, Shrek must en­sure the wed­ding doesn’t go ahead. What makes this pro­duc­tion so great is the bril­liant an­i­mate characters and the witty one-lin­ers that make this film as ap­peal­ing to adults as it is kids. ★★★★ Jean (Ni­cole Kid­man), his lov­ing par­ents are dis­mayed to dis­cover that he hasn’t a singing voice. With­out a heart­song, a pen­guin isn’t ca­pa­ble of find­ing love, and a mate. The gift Mum­ble does have is an abil­ity to tap dance with the rhythm of a Gene Kelly or Fred As­taire. Apart from his par­ents, danc­ing Mum­ble finds just one true friend in the pen­guin colony, Glo­ria (Brittany Murphy) who has quite a heart­song to present. Mum­ble’s epic strug­gle to be ac­cepted by the pen­guins for what he is, runs par­al­lel with the script, draw­ing at­ten­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal themes, cen­tred on shrink­ing fish sup­plies that threaten the fu­ture of the pen­guins’ colony in the frozen south land. Help­ing make Hap­pyFeet bounce so high is the cast­ing of Robin Wil­liams in two con­trast­ing roles. He’s both Ra­mon (an Adelies pen­guin who has a Span­ish ac­cent and some amus­ing friends) and the movie’s nar­ra­tor, Rock­hop­per pen­guin Lovelace, the guru of Adelie Land. ★★★★★ Be­gan has been a prized read for an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of young Aus­tralians. Done well – or even just mod­er­ately ef­fec­tively – this teen-skew­ing ac­tion flick could pave the way for an un­prece­dented home­grown fran­chise. Un­for­tu­nately, mod­er­ately ef­fec­tive is as good as it gets here, de­spite the best ef­forts of some tal­ented new­com­ers among its cast. The story fol­lows a group of teens fight­ing for their lives af­ter Aus­tralia has been in­vaded and con­quered by for­eign ag­gres­sors. Stars Lin­coln Lewis and Caitlin Stasey. ★★

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