🎙️ How ‘Shrek 2’ Pulled Off the Impossible

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Mike Myers Reveals How ‘Shrek 2’ Pulled Off the Impossible

Here’s a hot take that might set off any millennials in the room: Shrek 2 is better than the original Shrek.

Wait! Before you throw your phone out the window and reach for the nearest pitchfork, hear me out. Yes, Shrek is an undeniable classic that revolutionized animation, launched a franchise that fans still love today (sometimes perhaps a little too much), and forced the Oscars to introduce a “Best Animated Feature” category, but Shrek 2 took everything that made the original great and somehow made it even better.

Shrek 2 boasts better animation, it added movie legends like John Cleese and Julie Andrews to the cast, it introduced Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots (the gift that keeps on giving), and it features a scene in which a Godzilla-sized Gingerbread Man attacks a castle while “Holding Out for a Hero” blasts in the background. It even nabbed a Palme d’Or nomination at Cannes.

Now, 20 years after Shrek 2’s original release in May 2004, Inverse speaks to Mike Myers along with four other members of the crew to find out how Shrek 2 defied the sequel curse to eclipse the original and become an animated classic.

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