I was asked to review Shrek The Musical on DVD and was very excited, I love the original films and I was curious to discover if an animation came across as a theatre show, I go to the theatre as much as I can but as I now care for Granny, I do not get to go as much. So having the DVD is the next best thing.
As a background to the DVD, just in case you have missed any of the brilliance of the films, spin offs and huge amount of merchandising, I will fill you in. But where have you been??
Shrek first appeared in 2001. Shrek is a big green ogre who lives alone in the swamp feared by all the people in Duloc. Lord Farquaad, the ruler of Duloc, exiles all the fairy-tale beings to the woods, Shrek is very grumpy that his his peaceful life and home has become a refugee camp. He goes to see Lord Farquaad to convince him to take the fairy-tale beings back and leave him alone. Lord Farquaad agrees with one condition, Shrek must first go and find the beautiful young princess Fiona, who will become Farquaad's bride.So Shrek begins his quest, along with his new wise - cracking donkey friend. Its a tale of love, laughter and great songs.
Since then there have been three follow on movies.
Shrek was turned into a Broadway show in 2008 and first appeared in the West End in London in 2011.
The on stage musicals were such a success that the Broadway show has now been made into a DVD so we can experience the excitement of the theatre in your own home. There are 17 new songs which played enough times will become favorites.
It really works well, you get the theatre feel, minus the expensive ice cream, the show really bursts to life and the clever way the animated characters are now people soon has you forgetting this and enthralled. Donkey is still a favourite, Shrek as grumpy as ever. Fiona still has the voice so high a bird explodes, there are so many scenes for children to laugh at, all the fairytale characters from story books help to hook even small children, I trialled on a 4 year old and they were captivated, but many in jokes for the adults.
We loved it, it would make a superb Christmas DVD for any family whether they have seen the films or not!!
Disclaimer: I was sent the DVD for the purpose of review, my opinions are my own and not affected by the offer.