SHREK SEMI-SEQUEL FEATURES JOHN CLEESE
Those who went to see Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas recently (opened July 2) received a special surprise gift, a free read-along CD-ROM entitled Shrek and Fiona's Honeymoon Storybook. The CD-ROM offers an early taste of what to expect from next year's Shrek 2 which opens June 18 and which will feature John Cleese as the voice of King Harold, Fiona's father.
The CD-ROM is narrated by Cleese himself and is based on the new Shrek 4-D attraction at the Universal Studios theme parks. The ride opened May 23, 2003 in Hollywood, but the attraction does not feature Cleese.
"This is Shrek 1 1/2," stated DreamWorks co-chief Jeffrey Katzenberg of the CD-ROM. The story essentially acts as a plot bridge between the two Shrek features: the honeymoon of Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) is disrupted by the ghost of Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow), who kidnaps the bride. Shrek, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Dragon must rescue her, and more jokes at the expense of fairy-tale favorites abound.
Shrek 2 details
Katzenberg also disclosed new details about the upcoming sequel. "Shrek 2 is about coming to terms with the fact that everything that happened in the first Shrek was a gigantic mistake," he stated. "Shrek was not meant to rescue Fiona. Her true love was meant to be Prince Charming. There was a whole plan of what was going to happen to Fiona, her future and her kingdom, and Shrek has made a fine mess of all of it."
"It begins with an invitation from Fiona's mom and dad who ... locked her away in a castle to await Prince Charming's kiss," he says. Fiona's folks, voiced by Julie Andrews as Queen Lillian, and Cleese, are in for a surprise when an ogre arrives instead of a courtly prince. "When Fiona steps out of the carriage, it's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Katzenberg explained.
Other cast additions to Shrek 2 include Jennifer Saunders of television's Absolutely Fabulous as the Fairy Godmother, Rupert Everett as Prince Charming and Antonio Banderas as Puss 'n Boots. "He and Donkey become rivals and, ultimately, buddies," said Katzenberg.