In this outing, newlywed ogres Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz), with the self-professed "annoying talking animal" Donkey (Eddie Murphy) in tow, travel to the Kingdom of Far, Far Away to receive the blessing of Fiona's human parents, King Harold (John Cleese) and Queen Lillian (Julie Andrews). The meeting goes badly -- an ogre isn't what the King had in mind for a son-in-law -- and the fallout leaves everyone vulnerable to the machinations of the Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), who's secretly plotting for her vapid son Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) to end up with Fiona.
Little kids will enjoy the colorful characters, while older audiences will dig the sly references to The Seven Year Itch, Pretty Woman and Ghostbusters (to name but three), as well as the inspired sight gags (e.g., a store called Tower of London Records). But the movie's real ace is Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas), a debonair swashbuckler -- or at least when he's not busy coughing up hairballs. In a movie filled with imaginative bits, he emerges as the cat's meow.