Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon, Kelly Ashbury
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Cleese, Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Saunders, Rupert Everett
Perhaps it says a lot for Eddie Murphy's career of late that he has been at his best; playing a donkey!
He's still, of course, the smart-ass (!), fast-talking, one-liner character we all know, but what has been annoying in the past is welcome with this return of the jolly green giant; and Murphy as his side-kick, Donkey.
It's another example of perfectly-constructed computerised animation based around a screenplay that manages to fully satisfy children and adults alike. The snappy dialogue is full of delights and the characterisations are often brilliant (none more so than that of Banderas's terrific 'bad' cat, Puss-in-Boots, played as a feline reminder of the actor's swashbuckling Zorro). All combining to give the return of Shrek a gloss.
We pick up the story immediately where the first left off and find Shrek (Myers) and his new bride (Diaz) meeting her in-laws, the King and Queen. His Maj (Cleese) is reminded by a nasty fairy (Saunders) of an agreement that his Princess daughter would marry her son, Prince Charming (Everett), so the King sends Puss to see off our hero.
It's all wonderful fun; the cream of the crop.