No.024 《Shrek》 怪物史瑞克 能拯救公主的不一定是王子
Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. It is loosely based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book with the same name, and somewhat serves as a parody film, targeting other films adapted from various children' s fantasies (mainly Disney films). Shrek stars Mike Myers as a big, strong, solitude-loving, intimidating ogre named Shrek; Cameron Diaz as the beautiful, feisty, but very down-to-earth Princess Fiona; Eddie Murphy as the talkative Donkey; and John Lithgow as the villain Lord Farquaad. The film made notable use of popular music; the soundtrack includes music by Smash Mouth, Eels, Joan Jett, The Proclaimers, Jason Wade, The Baha Men, and John Cale (covering Leonard Cohen). Shrek was the only film in the series to have Harry Gregson-Williams's musical score assistantly by John Powell.
In this fully computer-animated fantasy from the creators of Antz, we follow the travails of Shrek (Mike Myers), a green ogre who enjoys a life of solitude. Living in a far away swamp, he is suddenly invaded by a hoard of fairy tale characters, such as the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Little Pigs, and Three Blind Mice, all refugees of their homes who have been shunned by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). They want to save their homes from ruin, and enlist the help of Shrek, who is in the same situation. Shrek decides to offer Lord Farquaad a deal; he will rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), who is intended to be Farquaad's bride. Accompanying Shrek on his adventure is the faithful but loquacious Donkey (Eddie Murphy), who has a penchant for crooning pop songs. The two must face various obstacles in order to locate the Princess, but they find their world challenged when she reveals a dark secret that will affect the group.
Earning $484.4 million at the box office, the film was a critical and commercial success. Shrek also received promotion from food chains such as Baskin-Robbins (promoting the film's DVD release) and Burger King. It was acclaimed as an animated film worthy of adult interest, with many adult-oriented jokes and themes but a simple enough plot and humour to appeal to children. Shrek won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was also nominated for six BAFTAs, including the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Eddie Murphy for his voice-over performance as Donkey, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film's main (and title) character was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2010.
Shrek established DreamWorks Animation as a prime competitor to Pixar in the field of feature film animation, particularly in computer animation. The film's success prompted DreamWorks to create three sequels, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After, two holiday specials, Shrek the Halls and Scared Shrekless, and a spin-off film, Puss in Boots. A fifth film, planning to be the last film in the seres, was originally planned for released, but later was cancelled in 2009 as it was announced the fourth film to be the last film in the series. The film's success also inspired other merchandise, such as video games, a stage musical and even a comic book by Dark Horse Comics.
When she reveals a dark secret that will affect the group
文中的dark作为形容词，是“黑暗的，深色的；模糊的；无知的；忧郁的”的意思，所以dark secret是“谁也不知道的秘密；十分秘密的事”的意思，比如：I didn't want to understand his deep dark secret.（我不想了解他令人费解的秘密。）
But a simple enough plot and humour to appeal to children
文中的appeal to是英语中的常用搭配，在文中是“有吸引力，有感染力；引起…好感；（某人）认为好”的意思，比如：None of these appeal to me.（这些都不能引起我的兴趣。）另外，appeal to还可以表达“诉诸；求助于；请求；要求；呼吁；向…上诉”的意思，比如：We appealed to reason to win our argument.（我们靠诉诸理性赢得了辩论。）
parody[?pær?di] n. 拙劣的模仿；诙谐的改编诗文
fantasy[?fænt?si] n. 幻想；[心]白日梦；幻觉
ogre[uɡ?] n. 食人魔鬼，怪物（童话等中的）；令人害怕的人
talkative[?t?:k?tiv] adj. 饶舌的；多话的；多嘴的；爱说话的
travail[?træveil] n. 分娩的痛苦；艰苦劳动
solitude[?s?litju:d] n. 孤独；隐居；荒僻的地方
swamp[sw?mp] n. 沼泽；湿地
shun[n] vt. 避开，避免；回避
bride[braid] n. 新娘；[英俚]姑娘，女朋友
penchant[?pentnt] n. 嗜好；倾向
competitor[k?m?petit?] n. 竞争者，对手
spin-off[?spin?:f] n. 副产品；资产分派，让产易股
merchandise[?m?:tndaiz] n. 商品；货物